Monday, October 16, 2017

Gelli-print Masking II

Lesson IV

Masking several similar shapes with various colors and textures
Cleaning up the edges and modifying the colors and shapes.
Painting in a background.
Adding collage optional



Walking Through the Planets
8" x 8"
240-gram white paper 

Found this torn scrape on the floor. Glad I picked it up!


8" x 8"
240-gram white paper 
Off the press  A Mess

Cleaned and modified
8" x 8"
240-gram white paper 
This is an important part of the process, 
 "Paint into your shapes using a brush: clean up edges, alter color or nuance. This is an important part of the process, and it takes time, a lot more time than the original printing of shapes. " Jane Davies

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Gelli-print Masking I

Lesson IV

Masking several similar shapes with various colors and textures
Cleaning up the edges and modifying the colors and shapes.
Painting in a background.
Adding collage optional

Masking various shapes to an image can be very tricky, Sometimes they come Not in the place you imagined. Sometimes you forget to cover parts of the plate that was exposed by the mask. Big mess.
Made lots of starts with this lesson and started with the ones that didn't come out so good.


Off the Press
8" x 8"
240-gram white paper 

Cleaning up
7" x 7"
240-gram white paper 


Painted background
Added Collage
7" x 7"
240-gram white paper 





Exercise II Tweaks

Exercise II Tweaks

Did a few tweaks on Start 10. These will definitely be cut up. Not a very happy camper!

Hopes 
9" x 5.4"
Top Cut
Basically cleaned up some edges and made the blue stronger


Hopes 2
9" x 5.4"
Bottom Cut
Here I added more collage and crayons work,



Collage & Gelli-printing Exercise III

Collage & Gelli-printing  Exercise III

Start 11

I am feeling quite overwhelmed by the amount of starts and pieces that I yet posted about. So I am starting the day editing photos and trying to catch up.  Start 11 was done with start 10. The process was first collage and then  Gelli-print and then more crayon work and maybe more collage. Working on the photos and seeing the work on the big screen on I could see that I could do more tweaks here and there. Maybe cut them for cards!


Start 11
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Layer Collage
Layer Gelli-print


Above the Mountains
9" x 5.4"
Top Cut

And Suddenly a Peacock Emerged
9" x 5.4"
Bottom Cut



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Collage & Mono-printing Exercise II

Mono-printing & Collage Exercise II

Start 10

There are many ways to incorporate collage and Gelli-printing. In lesson 4 Jane describes first printing some layers and then adding collage and the other way around collage pieces than Gelli printing. With both, there are steps where you can modify the prints and add other elements. These exercises were first collage and then Gelli printing, then more collage.

In start 10 there are already 3 layers: collage, Gelli print, collage + crayon.

Start 10
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Layer Collage
Layer Gelli-print

Hopes WIP
9" x 5.4"
Top Cut
Added more collage + crayons

Hopes 2 WIP
9" x 5.4"
Bottom Cut
Added more collage + crayons

 Although I an NOT completely happy with the results I am posting. Still not feeling totally in control!



Monday, October 2, 2017

Mono-printing & Collage Exercise I

Mono-printing & Collage  Exercise I


Well, I welcome getting back to the shigra, routine. With September challenge over now, I can give full attention to my online course of Gelli printing and collage by Jane Davies. I have skipped around some so I have to go back a few lessons. However, I did 4 starts of collage then gel prints so I will post them first. These are definitely learning experiences. I need to control the amount of paint on the plate, I need more transparent paints, and I need a larger Gelli plate, which I have ordered! YAY!


23 x 33 cm 240grm
Layer Collage
Layer Gelli-print


I really could kick myself for not taking images before printing process. It would have been a great learning tool for me that I lost.

End of Summer
9" x 5.4"
Top Cut
Layer collage + crayons

Although I still have lots to learn with the combination of these techniques I rather like this piece.Thc contrasts of the lights and darks, The muted colors and the brights, The small collage piece work together.



WIP
9" x 5.4"
Bottom Cut
Layer collage + crayons

This piece seems to be at war. Each side fighting for my attention. I may remove that white piece that divides the image or maybe just separate the two!









Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Thirty in Thirty Collage 2017

 September Thirty in Thirty Collage 2017

Here it is October 1 time to post our collage! Whether it was 30-days or less it's always a win-win!
A big thank you to Leslie Saeta our host!



When entering a challenge I am pretty obsessive about posting every day, so I spend time beforehand thinking what I am going to do, size, medium etc so that I can fulfill my own expectations. September is always a busy month because of the High Holidays (Jewish) and all the family gatherings and preparations.  This month I decided to cut a larger start and work from there to make 4 smaller entries. This helped a great deal and it was a very good learning experience. All these gems will go to make greeting cards. I love this opportunity to experiment. Some work out well, others not.

I would also like to point out some frustrations. When I look through all the entries and find one that I would really like to comment on many times there is no LINK. I realize that having a blog to post is a lot of work but there are lots of places to upload images that don't require that amount of workm after all it has photographed and is on your computer.  To name a few: Flickr, Instagram, and Google photos. Each allows commenting. Also, many times when clicking on a thumb I get to an online shop, sometimes the image there has no relationship to the one on the blog, and there is no place to comment. So stand by your work and let us give you a pat on the back!


Day 30 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 30  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 8 Cut 2 Bottom

Exercise 
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Collage + Gelli 

This is the second cut. Here I added some more collage pieces to hide some of the places where the paper was torn in the lifting process. That happens when the paint dries. Still not totally experienced with the properties of acrylic paint. 


Memories of Moosilauki
Collage + Gelli Print
Acrylic and Crayons

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 29 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 29  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 8 Cut 1 Top
Exercise 
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Collage + Gelli Print


For my last 2 entries, I am using an exercise from my online course that I am currently taking Monoprint and Collage given by Jane Davies. Scroll to the second workshop on the page.

I love collage and am starting to learn the technique of Gelli Printing. I first started with collage pieces and then added the printing process. My substrate was bigger than my Gelli pad so I had difficulty placing the layers of printing. I am still learning so decided to cut these (made 4) in half and add collage pieces and crayon which Jane states is part of the process. I may add more! Sorry, I didn't take photos before adding the print, they were under some heavy books so they wouldn't buckle after the collage process. I got the muse and took them out and started... can't really stop the muse when it comes, and it was already evening anyway.


WIP
9" x 5.5"
Collage + Gelli Print
Acrylic and Crayons




Day 28 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 28  September 30 x 30 2017


Start 7  Cut 4 Bottom Right

Start # 7
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons


Off to the Hula Valley
6" x 4.6" 
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 27 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 27  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 7  Cut 3  Bottom Left

Start # 7
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons


Love at First Site
4.6" x 6"
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

Jen Walls had an interesting post about change. We in our workshop group are having to make changes this year and have a new teacher/mentor. Sometimes change is difficult, hopefully, this will be an easy one. My heart and prayers are with Heleni who has helped me develop my creative work.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Day 26 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 26  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 7  Cut 2  Top Right


Start # 7
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons


With this cut, I did add an element. That yellow blob. Is that enough I ask?


 WIP
4.6" x 6"
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 25 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 25  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 7 Cut 1 Top Left

Start #5
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Caran D"ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

I was hoping not to use these but sometimes life gets in the way. The start was made quite a while ago and was left mainly because I didn't like it. What I should have done is to mess it up before cutting. Lesson learned. So didn't really make it different than what was there and they are all too sugar coated! Saccharin!!! UGH! Well, I will either make cards or just cover them. Have to use oils or oil pastels. Have to do something!


 WIP
4.6" x 6"
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 24 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 24  September 30 x 30 2017


Start 6 cut 4 Bottom Right
Start 6
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Water


Some pieces come easily and some take their time. This was one of those. Every time I had to cover up something or add another collage piece. But, in the end, I like it the best of the series!


Hidden from View
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D"ache Neocolor I
wax crayons
Gelli Print Collage



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 23 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 23  September 30 x 30 2017


Start 6 cut 3 Bottom Left
Start 6
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Water
With this cut, I used the addition of collage pieces made from some Gelli prints. I have to learn to be braver with my covering up and veiling. 


Thunder on the Mountain
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D"ache Neocolor I
wax crayons
Collage

Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 22 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 22  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 6 cut 2 top right
Start 6
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Water

Fall is the most enchanting of seasons. It's the season I miss the most so this cut invited me back the splendors of color. 


Walking Through Heaven's Door
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D"ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 21 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 21  September 30 x 30 2017

A Healthy and Creative New Year to All

Start 6 cut 1 top left


Start 6
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Water

This start, after cutting it up, wasn't talking to me. Nothing really came to mind and they remained sitting on my board for more than a week. As the date to publish was getting closer, and the Holidays at my doorstep decided it was now or never.If he wasn't talking I would talk to him. It's all in the process! As soon as I started coloring in the negative space in the top left this fellow appeared. I let him come out to see what he may want. Maybe he just want's to wish me a Good and Creative Year!


I Will Teach You About Looking
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D"ache Neocolor I
wax crayons






Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 20 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 20  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 5 cut 3 Bottom Right

Start #5
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons


I'm Back to Square One
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons
Collage

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 19 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 19  September 30 x 30 2017

Start 5 cut 3 Bottom Left


Start #5
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

I'm Flying High
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons
Collage



Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 18 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 18  September 30 x 30 2017


Start 5 cut 2 Top Right


Start #5
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

Squaring Away
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons
Collage


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 17 September 30 x 30 2017

Day 17 September 30 x 30 2017

Here I started with my wax crayons marking the cross. Then worked with watercolor pencils and crayons plus water. Having the cross in wax allowed using water without any bleeding.

Start #5 
Start #5
23 x 33 cm 240grm
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons

Deepened the main colors and added collage pieces from Gelli Prints. At first, I had the blue section with just the 4 squares and later when looking freshly I added the purple at the bottom right!

Cut #1 Top Left
Square Me Up
4.5" x 6.5"
Ink Intense Pencils
Watercolor Crayons
Water
Caran D'ache Neocolor I
wax crayons
Collage




Day 13 and 14 Revisions

Day 13 and 14 Revisions

Thanks Jen for your advice on your blog Day 13.
Don't paint when you aren't really in the "zone"
Take deep breaths to get there, I think of my breathing when I swim!
That there is something to learn from failure.



The cuts from series 4 did not seem to make it. I felt it but couldn't really put my finger on the problem. Actually, I know the problem, sometimes I am so afraid of screwing up, I seem to freeze. So I took them all and decided that since I can't scrape, working with crayons, I will try to sort of put a veil over them and sort of start again. Taking my watercolor white crayon, dipped in water and rubbed it over the pieces. Then just started to color again as if it was new and not related to what was before.


Start # 4

 Day 13 Revised
I Am a Fish, No a Bird?
4" x 6"
Heavy Paper
Ink Intense watercolor pencils
Watercolor crayons 
Pencil
Water medium
Posco Pen
Collage

Day 13 Before

Day 14 Revised
Flying Over Bald Mountain
4" x 6"
Heavy Paper
Ink Intense watercolor pencils
Watercolor crayons 
Pencil
Water medium
Posco Pen
Collage

Day 14 Before