Monday, October 8, 2018

Field Trip Fall 2018

A few weeks ago, Jim and I rode in the side by side down to the big pond and back. It was a very cloudy day, plus it had been extremely dry for a while, so the colors aren't bright, but I photographed a few of my favorite places anyway.

I am the fourth generation to own this old homeplace and farm. My great grandpa built the house and barn around the 1900s, and raised his family, which included my grandpa. Papa gave mama a house lot down by the main road and we moved there in 1951 when I was two, into a house that my dad built. In 1970, I married, and we lived in a trailer in my parents garden spot until we bought an acre. next to my parents, from my grandpa, and we built our home, a family project, which we have lived in for almost forty-five years now. I inherited the little farm from my parents recently.

Many happy memories playing with my cousins and living within walking distance of my grandparents growing up! This old place is rooted in my soul, and I will always love it!

The old barn

Old barn stable

Big hay field

Daddy's buggy/wagon shed

Dry branch bed (no rain for months)

Dry vegetation in field

Dry vegetation in field

Dry vegetation in field

Rock bed behind old house

Rock bed behind old house

Granny's wash house behind house

Back of barn from field

Road between our house and the old homeplace with the big oak tree

The old Stricklin home place

Portrait of daddy (shop and backhoe) and Papa (shoe shop bus)

Papa's pond

Papa's pond

Papa's tractor shed

Tree Trio down by the pond

Dry weeds higher than the side by side

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tuesday's Gelli Print Therapy

Gelli plate prints, 5"x 7", on Speedball printmaking paper...


An awful print that I added a layer of manganese blue stamped with the bottom of a votive candle  


and got this. Love it!



Monoprint using a crow feather, first pull;


Monoprint with crow feather, ghost print.

I wasn't really in a printing mood today, but played a bit anyway. I do like a couple of them though, and the others may, or may not, be added to or cut up. We'll see! :)

I have ordered the 6"x 6" Gelli plate and some more Golden Open Media acrylic paint from Dick Blick. Looking forward to adding square prints to my stash!



Monday's Gelli Prints

Golden open media acrylics on Speedball printmaking paper, with no details or enhancements yet...


This was supposed to be a Christmas ball in red and metallic gold, but it totally bombed. I tried a ghost print of an angel over it, but that didn't work either. 


The same print after I applied a couple more layers of paint and painted an angel on it. Still not happy with it. It may become part of a collage or something!


Monoprint, one paint layer, first pull...


Ghost print of one above...


Monoprint, one layer paint, first pull...


Ghost print of print above...


Blues, sprayed with a little water, and metallic gold looks kind of like a waterfall to me...


Ghost print of print above, but turned upside down, because it looked more like trees to me...


Second ghost print from one above...


Monoprint, one layer paint, first pull on cardstock; Pekingese 


First ghost pull from above print on printmaking paper...


Second ghost pull from above print...

At some point, I will go back and add marks and enhance most of these prints that are so addictive to make. Some I will keep for prints, and others may become part of collages. I am planning to try making a collage from torn bits of less successful gelli prints, as soon as I figure it out.

Keep learning, experimenting, and create fearlessly! 



Gelli Printing Escape A Couple of Weeks ago

My heart wasn't really into this session of gelli plate printing, but I enjoyed it and really like a couple of the prints.


Gelli Arts plate, Golden Open Media Paint, and Speedball printing paper on my very crowded desk. I have my 5" x 7" plate laying on a Masonite block used for block printing, and it is laying on a piece of rubber rug backing to keep it from sliding on my desk. 

None of these prints have had any details, or enhancements, added to them yet.


First print and ghost print on mixed media paper with Golden Open Media acrylic paint...



Acrylics on cardstock; note the pink prairie dog on the left side...


Stamped on mixed media paper with the cd I was using for a palette, which I thought resembled a flower, so I painted a brown center, then noticed it had eyes and a mouth!



Multiple layers on mixed media paper, first print...


ghost print of rabbit print...


                                           Multiple layers on mixed media paper, poppies...


                                                               Poppies ghost print...


I applied fluid pthalo blue acrylic to my plate, and it dried so fast that the paper only picked up part of it plus some paint from previous prints...


I sprayed some water on the dried paint on the plate and stamped it with cd palette,  then pulled this print.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Today's Gelli Print Fun!

Had another fun print session today with my gelli plate and open acrylics on Speedball printmaking paper! Experimenting and learning!


Sorry about the light glare!


Multiple layers with 5"x 5" gelli plate (taped off 2" of 5"x 7" plate), only I forgot to wipe the tape off and got paint on top border.  The Pink Tree; I really like it!


Red Apple Monotype, first print...


Red Apple Monoprint, second/ghost print...


Multiple layers Blue Pear (love this one!)...


Multiple layers, 5"x 7" Green Landscape


Multiple layers, Red Landscape...


and multiple layers with a Vogue magazine image transfer in blue.

Another very fun session! I meant to try a collograph print, but didn't have room (I have GOT to clean my art space!), plus I might need to do some more research. I was thinking about it this morning and don't really understand the process and why it's so different to printing over objects on a gelli plate, or is it? Hmmmmm...