Week 4 Continuing the January theme of Facing The Blank Page
Art Challenge: Writing
Journal Prompt: Words With Friends
As often happens, I started out with a "brainstorm" that went nowhere, but wound up happy with what evolved.
The background is a repeat of one of my own carved stamps over metallic paint. The borders are a stencil, highlighted with more stenciling in gold paint. The silhouettes are also stencils. The quote is a variation of one by none other than Aristotle. Hey, aim large.
Week 5 (Still in January)
Art Challenge: Use under paper (you know, the paper under your work that collects drips, blobs, wipes, etc.)
Journal Prompt: What Lies Beneath
The curvy borders and the thin rectangles forming the rays are my under papers. What lies beneath them: more layers. Paint, ink, stamping, stenciling, even a few transluscent stickers I found lying around.
February Theme: Layers You Will Love
Week 6 Art Challenge: When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt: "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (ooh)
This challenge was not really a challenge for me, though I totally enjoyed doing it. I am all about layering, and can (and often do) add them without a thought.
It did, however, give me the chance to finally play with the 8" round Gelli plate I bought ages ago. I have no idea why I bought it, besides that it is adorable. There is nothing I can think of doing with it that I can't also do with the plates I already had. But the round prints that emerged did give me an idea. I cut lots of rings from the circlular prints, cut them into segments and then reassembled them on the pages. (BTW, all the prints were pulled on deli wrap).
My layers, more or less in order: Gelli prints, stenciling over the prints, splattering, doodling with pens, outlining with paint, spreading gold embossing paste over a stencil, stamping with one of my own carved stamps.
This is the palette I used.
These are some of the stencils I used both in the Gelli printing and then on the finished prints.
As you can see, I'm not very obsessive about cleaning my stencils.
Some of the paint I used seemed to dry very quickly, and I was left with some on the plate that refused to come off. An easy fix is to lift the dry paint off with tape. As an added bonus, the tape can be used as an embellishement.
After removing the dry paint with the tape (I used clear packing tape), brush some Perfect Pearls on the sticky side. It will cling to any part of the tape not covered by the paint, and it is beautiful. I cut circles out of one of the strips and that is what I used in the centers of my reconstructed circles.
Did I have enough when I stopped? I'm not sure. Maybe another layer or two are in my future.