Well, it’s getting to be the end of summer. Everyone else has already gone to camp, or just finishing up, so I decided to see if I couldn’t get in a session myself. Being a do-it-yourself kind of person I decided to attend a very convenient one, located in my head.
You may say, oh dear, I’m lost now, I just don’t see the roadsigns for this location.
OK, I’ll stop the facetiousness and just say – I don’t have any pressing art project for shows or exhibits now, and I was just thinking about what to do, when the idea came into my head –
You have a lot of art supplies waiting for a tryout or another session. Things you don’t generally use but you thought that someday you might…
Think: gelli plate. Some kinds of clay projects. Scratch art. Wood-burning set. Stone-carving set. Mail art projects. Those little claybord rectangles (a whole bag of them).
These ideas were just the ones that came to me immediately. Maybe I’ll think of more. Anyway, the idea of just drifting along, doing artwork with these half-formed, half-forgotten ideas – sounded great for this time of year.
OK. So I’ll write about them as I get time. Here’s the first thing I did – Gelli plate printing.
I bought the Gelli plate a few months ago but this is only the second time I’ve used it. My aim was just to print – no idea what I’d do with the work when finished.
As for materials, I used acrylic paints and a variety of papers. I think these will find a place in collage work later on, or I might add India ink to them. For now, I’m letting them dry and enjoying thinking about the possibilities. I did like using the plate and it reminded me of the versatility of monoprinting.
Here are some photos of my progress. I took them at different stages of the work.
First set of photos.
Fifth set of photos. These are the papers I had when I finished the day. I think power of layers is the theme here.