Art Journal Journey is "Living Beings", at Mix It Monthly the theme is "Trees" and at Mixed Media Monthly the theme is to be inspired by the colors of this photograph:
I do love to combine challenges whenever I can and in this case it wasn't difficult given the themes and colors! The background is a deli paper gelli print I had glued into my journal. The face images were stamped on tissue paper so the background colors would pop through. Some of the circles are from gelli prints. Other circles were punched from tissue papers.
In this post I shared some new gelli plate prints and said I'd be back with some techniques I've come up with to get more use out of just one gelli plate (the 8" x 10"). I LOVE my plate but cannot justify the expense of buying every size or shape available. SO, I have come up with a way around that after some experimentation. Be forewarned, the remainder of this post will be photo laden!
I thought the circle plate was very interesting but wasn't confident I'd use it very much so here's my alternative to buying it:
Don't want a circle? Perhaps you want smaller prints though:
I recently found some old plastic templates so I thought I'd play with them on my plate too:
How cool is this?? Sorry for some off colors and photos-I know you understand how difficult it can be to continually stop and photograph when you're in the zone:)
This was just one of the papers I used to clean off my brayer and take some paint off the plate:
I do hope I've given you some new ways to use your plate. Feel free to share this! All I ask is that you do not take credit for my work -it is so important to give credit where it is due. Please let me know if you've tried any of these techniques-and if you'd like - I can put your posted link here on my blog:) If you have any further ?? email me-I'd be happy to help. We all learn from each other and I am so grateful for what I learn from YOU!
There is a Pt. 3 in the works-and I will have some finished projects to share as well (using these papers) in the near future.
" What works for one artist doesn't necessarily work for another- try anything and everything and go with what works for you." Paul Dixon