Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Collage

If I could have a few wishes at my disposal, one of them would be to have a room stocked with all the  amazing art and crafting supplies I could ever need. But since that isn't possible at the moment, the Amazon Wish List option has to be it.

Lucky for me, my hubby and my son know about that list so one of my early birthday presents was the much coveted Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts. Other than allowing me to play with paint and paper, it must be one of the easiest things to clean. The website has lots of video tutorials to get you started. My plate's been on my work table since it came and no matter how many times I've cleaned and put it away, I find myself reaching for it again and again.

Today I decided to try making a collage piece using pages of tracing paper that I used for blotting excess paint. I also made random prints just because it's fun to roll out paint with a brayer. This is what I have so far. It's largely unfinished. I have an image running around in my head that's not made itself clear just yet. It's just nice to see the beginning of something specially when it winds up looking really different in the end.

Here's a video from the Gelli Arts website that you might enjoy!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Still Lagging Behind

In my Paper With Everything blog, I mentioned a discovery about myself that really shouldn't have been a discovery. Considering the trouble I have with routines, it shouldn't have come as a surprise to me that a 30-day Challenge would be a major challenge. But, here I am and happy to report that I'm still at it in spite of the fact that I scrunched up three prompts together in one sketch and as it's already Thursday, am now still two prompts behind.

However, I did finish my entries for GTS as well as another design for the MIID Summer School. There's also the tear sheet that's been updated and I'm just trying to gather up enough courage to send it off to publishing houses and design companies. My cork board has bits of paper with ideas that I've lined up along with magazine pages I've collaged into a vision board of sorts.

These were originally on some of the pages of a large sketchpad that was the designated vision book. But then a gust of wind sent the blinds inwards knocking the vase of flowers on my table over. Unfortunately, the sketchpad was on the table and as I wasn't in the room when it happened, some of the pages got wet. The good thing about wet paper is that it dries pretty quickly so I didn't lose any of my pages. I just moved them to a binder with protector sheets! 

As I was reconfiguring them to fit into the binder, I decided that some of them should be on the cork board within plain sight instead of tucked away in pages I barely have time to look at. I'm particularly proud of the biggest one that practically shouts NO MORE BILLS.

As for the art for this post, here's the platypus I sketched on my iPad (this time using Sketchbook Pro). The video option was a recent discovery so I couldn't resist using it. By the way, the Blogger default includes a YouTube link but it's not posted there.