17 September 2014

Laura, Marcella and me

This is a special weekend. My friend Laura who I met through this blog has come back for a second weekend here. Today Marcella came and we made the permanent home made gelli plates (again). It was a first for Laura and Marcella. Marcella will be using them with her students next week.

Yes, we made them in BIG pans. This is a dwarf compared to Marcella's sheet.

In honor of this occasion I bought bulk glycerin and gelatin. We split the gallon and the gelatin came as a two can offer. Can you imagine how many gelli plates we can make with all this product?

Set firm in a few hours just sitting on the counter in my kitchen (aka wet studio)

Marcella and me

15 September 2014

I printed some cards

I have been wanting to do a huge print block of crows and wanted to try some block printing ink. Marcella brought some with her and I had the opportunity to experiment with it.

This is a continuous stamp I learned how to carve on DMTV. This paper could be used for anything creative!

Here are my two favorite raven stamps

I have already used two of these cards and I just made them two days ago!

12 September 2014

Marcella came for a playdate

Marcella is teach two workshops over the next two weeks. Her students will be from two local schools and the object will be to combine art and science (botany). She came over and created some really lovely gelli prints. During her workshop the students will make prints and create a book to house the prints. 

I really love the fine details on this tag

10 September 2014

Fingerprint Fabrics

I am a big fan of Linda and Laura Kemshall. I have been a member of DMTV for four or five years. In case you don't know about DMTV, it is online workshops covering many surface design techniques, art quilting, watercolor, altered books and so much more. If you go to the link you can watch a few free shows one of which is monoprinting in a way you might not have ever seen before. The cost is US dollars is just under $100. a year which may sound pricey but think of it as a one year long workshop every other week. I'm taking a one week workshop which is almost $900. so DMTV is a bargain.

A few years ago, Laura bought a printer that used MX dyes and she prints her own designs and also custom prints using your digital images. This is her new business, Fingerprint Fabrics.

I have drooled over her fabric for years and she now has free shipping so I decided to buy some fabrics. These are the ones I purchased. I should have ironed them (sigh)

These birds are acrylic paintings done by Linda on a nice heavier weight fabric. I think I will make some pin cushions for gifts from these. 

These are smaller pieces 20cm X 20cm (8" sq) as are the bird prints

These last ones are 45cm X 45cm or 14.5"sq.

Peeling paint

An old ship with peeling paint 

I guess I like the texture of peeling paint (smile)

I think this is a combo of print and monoprint

If you can, stop over and check out Fingerprint and DMTV. The free shows are great!

By the way, I made another order while the free shipping was still in effect!! 

08 September 2014

End of Sketchbook final step

or is it?? That's the great thing about sketchbooks, You can return and work into what you have done as well as get inspired about creating something new!

Well, I don't think these stamps worked as well as I thought they would. I learned that pale backgrounds work better. Contrast with the paints I was using was poor. I think the paint was a bit thin and transparent - not great coverage. The black or black mixed colors worked the best. What do you think?

I also went back into the spots and glued the painted waxed paper on top of one page to see how an overlay or layer of printed sheer would look.

This was the waxed paper on plain white paper.

Additional spots added. Now it's time to make my first mark in the new sketchbook. Oh, fun!

05 September 2014

End of old sketchbook step 2

A while ago I posted pictures of the last few pages in my sketchbook. I had taken a home made gelli plate and printed colors as backgrounds onto the last pages. 

I had also made some insect stamps which I posted but then made 3 additional stamps. I wanted to print them and see how they came out so I took some plants to make prints. I have done this before with leaves from trees on fabric.

This time I picked interesting plant leaves and a few weeds.

I got out a sheet of Plexiglas, my acrylic (cheap hobby) paints and a foam dauber and went to town. I will try to tell each leaf used.


Unknown weed - very nice leaf too. You can also see where the page closed and the acrylic paint stuck and peeled off the paper from the opposite side. It actually looks nice.

Lilac (Lincoln)

Golden Rod appropriately printed in yellow

Hosta I had to hunt for a small leaf

Lilac again


Catalpa Tree

Zone 3 Magnolia (Ballerina)



Unknown weed again.

I cleaned off my dauber a few times

And the aftermath of my printing project and food for thought

I place waxed paper over the leaf after turning it paint side down onto the substrate and used my hand to press the leaf onto the substrate. In this case I used paper but I did the same when printing on fabric. Food for thought: Printing on sheer fabric and having that as a layer.

The Plexiglass - yummy!