Friday Night Art Play May 23rd


It’s the start of a long weekend, after what turned out to be a long and exhausting week.  I’ve not been sleeping well, for reasons I do not yet understand, and that has made it harder to get through the day.  It has become my habit to come home and page through my journal, seeing if I can get the energy to do something creative. 

Last weekend, Saturday, I went downtown to Waterloo (#buylocalATX) Records and bought some new music.  My favorite two CD’s I’ve been gorging on are Fitz and The Tantrums “More than Just a Dream” and Rodrigo & Gabriela’s “9 Dead Alive”.  “Spark” from the Fitz album is my newest earworm.  If I can get myself in front of the Gelli Plate and put on either CD, I can get myself going creatively. 

I experimented with several techniques this week.  I embossed a bunch of white cardstock and used that to lift paint off the plates, printing in my journal and on scrap paper.  I stamped into the plate with my hand-carved stamps and used stencils and punched shapes as masks.  I used leaves from my front flower beds to create really cool organic, but amorphous prints.  And tonight, I did some more printing on the plate, and then I did a page in my art journal.  So, here’s the results of this week’s play ground.


Inspired by the chorus to “Spark”, first layer is gelli plate printed with paint lifted by cardstock embossed with a brick wall pattern (inside joke there).  The center was purposely not textured and painted on the plate with a brush using Green Gold.  I dripped FW Acrylics in orange, green and gold on the background and let it run.  Next I used jar and bottle lids to stamp circles of white gesso on the page.  I used a Dylusions Stencil to get the checkerboard and a Tim Holtz stencil to get the dots.  I used a circle stencil with smaller circles punchd from card stock to do the moon shapes.  I dry-brushed Dalyride Yellow across the top and in the bottom corners.  I used a TCW Rays stencil with a light coat of Liquitex black spray paint.  I went back over the page with the Tim Holtz Stencil and white and block paint.  I added another green gold box offset from the original and then a Turquoise Pthalo box offst from that.  I outlined elements using black and white Painters paint pens.  So far they are the best I’ve tried and do not let the nibs escape to ruin my clothes (Sad smile Sharpie).  Then I wrote in the lyrics of the chorus on the rays in white, outlined in black.  I think it’s done, but I’m not 100% sure yet!


First Gelli print using leaves from my garden and texture from a shelf-liner.


Ghost print from above.


Another leave print.


This one uses stamps I carved to lift paint from the plate and a Balzer Bits Stencil to create the tree mask.


And this one is embossed cardstock used to lift paint.  I started doodling on the top two with a Sakura white paint pen, fine nib.

I also dyed 8 yards of velvet and 7 yards of Rayon Satin for an Etsy order.  My customer is going to make a Cos Play dress and cloak based on one of the Game of Thrones characters.  I can’t wait to see the pictures she sends me!