...firstly just have to duck into the kitchen and start making the potato bake for Xmas lunch tomorrow, but in between peeling potatoes and chopping the onion, there's art to do!
This week I've been working on my gelli plate printing. For those of you who don't know, for the past year I have been importing and selling Gelli Arts Printing Plates (www.gelliarts.com). They're are similar to the plates you can make from gelatin but are permanent, don't have to be prepared ahead of time and can be stored at room temperature. I think they're great because they're more practical in our hot, humid climate than gelatin plates....so given our recent 30degrees+ temperatures and sticky humidity, I put the plates to the ultimate test.
In the past I had only used acrylic paints on my plates. So this time I tried oil paints. Same sort of process, but slightly longer working time. Colours of course are beautiful on the prints, but after a week, they are still not yet touch dry! Not good if I wanted to use the prints straight away.
Never mind, its back to the fast-drying acrylic. In the past I have used acrylic retarder medium to lengthen the working time. This time I tried Matisse Print Paste. This is a retarder medium used in screenprinting. I found the print paste to be better than the retarder, mostly as its thicker and easier to roll on the plate.
From the prints I have done the past couple of days, I have made 2 small concertina books using Cotton Tree leaves.
Some of the photos below show leaf prints that I have also done for an encaustic concertina book based on the ginkgo leaf. After Xmas I will start working on the encaustic part of the project, stay tuned to my blog for more updates on how this project progresses....
If you're interested in the Gelli Plates, let me know. I've got another batch arriving in the next couple of weeks, I sell them for $50 each. I can give you a free demonstration if you like, but there's plenty of YouTube videos on the net to show you how easy it is to print with them.
I hope you all have a very creative Xmas.... after all of the Xmas cheer is over, lets get stuck into some art! ho ho ho
|Gelli Plate 'ghost' print using oil paint, the|
detail and colour is beautiful
|More prints, both ghost and first prints using oil paint|
|Ready to print, gelli plate inked up with acrylic paint|
|Ginkgo leaves, collected on my last trip to Sydney|
|The plate and leaves after printing|
|prints hanging to dry (almost instant in this hot weather!)|
|One of the prints that I'll use in my encaustic book|