Sunday, April 13, 2014

unveiling the mask with gelli printing

Ah yes, it's been a while. Got a little sidetracked with all that cutting and pasting in the world that is collage. BUT, had to wipe off the gelli plate and get back to it. First i wanted to try using string and embroidery thread as a free form mask. Here's some of what happened:

the texture below was from pressing a woven 'special' paper into the gelli plate.

You can always find more of my work here on pinterest.

The next thing i'd been meaning to try was cutting clear sticky plastic film, and using that as a mask..

I experimented with the negative and positive pieces, and layered these. I also cut pieces of card the shapes of the 'holes' to mask over the colour as i went.

I also hand carved a stamp and pressed this into the inked up plate, then also onto paper

Here's some results:

The above combines the plastic mask and the string, overlayered in several prints.
So that's some of what i've been up to. Plus the Biennale is on in Sydney - you may have seen some of my pics on instagram, I'm dudleyred.


A few weeks ago I started an online collage course with Randel Plowman.
I had come across his book - which had lots of great ideas and techniques, but was chuffed to discover that i could actually participate in a course with him.

We had a facebook group, were given a project each week
(with instructions including a video tutorial) and off we went. It was wonderful seeing the different interpretations and styles produced by the group...

The next course Randel offers kicks off April 26

Here's some of my pieces:

While the idea of fitting in something else (as well as the full time job and usual chores), can seem overwhelming. Being 'made' to do something each week certainly has its positives. Even though i have been absent from this space - i now have lots of new pieces of work to look back on and think about what direction i might like to work on ...
although i'm also wondering about the NEXT course i might do!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Colour pop gelli painting

A few weeks ago on the gelli arts blog I watched the painting in layers video, which was timely as i had just decided to do something using paint 'splashes' myself. Here's how it went:

These colours have transparent properties, so when layered they don't 'block each other out'.
If you are not sure - check the labels on your tubes carefully for a clue. Adding white stops any colour from being transparent.

I was using a larger piece of paper, my smaller gelli plate, printing 2 at once.

As you can see - i didn't really have a 'design' in mind it literally was just painterly splashes!
The results were like a party on paper... 

Today i thought i'd try it again - but paint all the colours at the same time, using the larger gelli plate 'splashed on' with 4 separate brushes. The best results were on a thicker mixed media paper. After it dried I printed the black straight on top.

For the last 2 - i painted the black directly onto paper, scanned it in and combined them digitally.
These were less kindergarten .. now to convert them to fabric!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A month at a glance...

Well, that it seems was January. If you follow me: dudleyred on instagram you would have seen my daily 'i' polaroids. After watching a documentary about the polaroid camera, i was all inspired. Then after realising how expensive that all was i downloaded instant app

And off i went.. looking for a snippet each day to serve as a visual clue/reminder of something that happened that day.. here is what happened in January...

These images can also be see on my pinterest board 'my i polaroids'


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