Thursday, January 16, 2014

I've got the BLUES

... but it's not a bad thing. My blues are coming from bottles of paint and sheets of paper. 
Look closely and you will see eyes looking back at you. The eyes are a stamp, which when pressed onto the paint on the gelli plate creates a squiggle effect giving the print a dimensional  look to it. 

One paint color, print pulled on white paper. I used a scalloped cookie cutter to create the design in the print. 

Blue and black paint, white paper, foam stamp, shelf liner

Just a bunch of random pulls of leftover paints. The copper is a metallic paint that doesn't photograph as shiny as it is in person

Another cleanup job

Printed on black cardstock. First level of print was a pale green leaf stencil followed but the pale blue paint and a paper doily mask.

Printed on dark blue cardstock, white paint, used a comb and a glass to make the design. Love the dimension that was created. 

The first pull was green on white paper with a design. Wasn't too happy with it so I inked up the plate with a mixed blue and white paint, followed up with red paint that was applied to the gelli plate but not brayered out. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The holidays are over and it's time to get back to business ...

From my desk to yours, Happy New Year! Many people start out the new year make resolutions for the coming year. Others like to pick a word that they will focus on in the next twelve months. In the past I've sorta poo-pooed the idea of New Year's resolutions, mostly because I am afraid of committing to something that I know I might have trouble seeing through. Having a word to focus on should be different though because it's not something I can succeed or fail at. It's simply providing myself with a focus for my thoughts and ideas, and hopefully bringing positive actions into my life. 

Choosing my "word" for 2014 has been difficult. At times I find myself over-thinking everything which can really be frustrating. So, after several weeks of tossing words around in my head, today I finally made a choice. I'm going to have two words! 

My words for 2014 are COLOR and CHANGE. The first word COLOR picked itself for me. I love everything about "color" and look forward to spending a lot of time filling my head (and everything that comes out of it) with colors. On the other hand, picking the second word was soooo hard. One word kept coming to me but I kept rejecting it. The word - CHANGE - is like a thorn in my side. I have such a hard time accepting change and in many cases will go out of my way to avoid it. I didn't want to consider CHANGE but my heart and head kept bringing it back up. Finally I decided to just give in and go with it. We can only hope that by the end of the year I will be able to successfully say that I now have a love relationship with the word CHANGE and everything that comes along with it.   

So, now that you know how I'm starting out the new year, without further ado, let's talk about COLOR. 

I just love printing with metallic paints.
Looking at the print with the slightest of an angle shift and the colors change. (did you see how I managed to bring in both words there?)

There was no photo editing here, just tilted the print and viola! 
I'm here to say I'm a little bit like a print made of metallic paints. Tilt me one way and see muted colors, shift me around and vibrant bursts of colors appear. I'm still the same but then I'm not! Ok, that was really corny. Anyway, here's to 2014 being filled with color and may your artistic muse be in overdrive the whole year through.