Friday, June 27, 2014

I collaged gelli papers into my journal and then drew on top. I want to try Julie's method of printing directly into the journal and then drawing on top. 
Here is a little mini cloth experiment with the pods. I used Dyno paints and then quilted everything with black thread. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

gelli print envelopes

OMG I really got busy doing these envelopes with my new baby sized gelli plates, the 5 x 7 and
the 3 x 4 which is so cute by the way.  I printed 100 envelopes! Can't wait to use them with my atc trading group. I tried to do the address side a little lighter so I could write on them, but I will probably have to use stickers anyway.
You know what else I really love? Fluorescent paints. I got some cheap Blickrylic quarts of all the fluorescent colors. I am using them also with my paintings. Yummy.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Coffee Outside

I forgot to tell you what this became. It was a pillow I made for my son's girlfriend. They are part of a group that goes for bike rides and has "coffee outside". They make the coffee wherever they ride. So for her birthday I made her a coffee outside pillow. I forgot to take a picture of the completed project! It came out really cute. I printed all the fabric with stencils and I forget the sprays and paints.
 Opaque water colors! While I was painting I was thinking wow these paints are really pigmented and then I researched my order from dickblick's and realized they were opaque! I love how they cover. This is called Two Suns.
Two Suns, detail
Here is a piece made with the gelli deli paper background collage papers on a 12" x 12" canvas.
Again, Stephanie Corfee's ( class called "Layers of Color" has highly influenced my style for the moment. I have always been a manic doodler and she is a master of this, but now I am kind of trying to harness it and am still on a quest to develop my own style. 
It reminds me of a certain kind of folk art.
Now to clean up and start sewing!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pod Alert!

 I worked on this page a long time today. Another one influenced by my class with Stephanie Corfee.

 My favorite pod is the bottom right side. Go to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday blog  to see many more creative people.
 Can you say gelli deli paper? Yesterday and the day before I made about 250 sheets on my giant gelli plate (the big one). You are not kidding when you start gelli printing, YOU CANNOT STOP. In an effort to be efficient I printed in colorways: blues, reds, purples, greens, yellow/gold/browns, etc. 
There was some overlap of course but I wound up with a huge stack of collage ready material.
 And here I am collaging some of that gelli paper on to a 12" x 12" canvas.
 I find it easier to make a colorful background with collage than with acrylic paint, although I did use some paint on top of my collages as well.
Some samples of the gelli deli papers. SO. MUCH. FUN. TO. PRINT.
I will post some art with the collaged papers soon.
All week I have wanted to get my sewing machine out, but I can't stop painting and printing! Next week, for sure! I really mean it.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

These new paintings are really little, maybe 5" x 7". I used my Twinkling H2o's which are highly pigmented water colors with mica so they can be highly reflective and iridescent depending on the mica content. I used Joanne Fink's zen doodle book on flowers for some of the designs. Watercolors are so much more forgiving than acrylics which I feel very frustrated with at the moment.  But I'm not giving up on them! Yet!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Art Journal Pages

This page has been worked on over and over again. I think I am probably done now.
 I collaged an overseas envelope with cool stamps and one of those plastic circle closures with a string. You have to look kind of closely to see it, but its there.

 This little do dad is a piece of elastic with embellishment that I sewed together to hold the journal closed.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer is almost here!

. . . . and there will be more time for doing this!
I have two more days with my students and then 1 more day of meetings, and then I am free!