"I have learned that there is a place for everyone to make whatever it is they want to make. What matters is that you enjoy the process of making. There is pure joy in that. " Danielle Krysa.
The mixed media painting above is based on a lesson by Lucy Brydon, an amazing artist from Scotland who expertly uses a gelatin plate to make layered monoprints. Visit her website here. https://lucybrydonart.wordpress.com
I have only begun exploring the uses of the gelli plate. A Gelli plate is a reusable, easy to clean, printing plate. It feels like a sheet of thick but somewhat flexible gelatin, hence the name.
In "Autumn Fire", I created the background using the gelli plate and then I softened the look by scrubbing white paint over the background and then removing it with baby wipes.
Below are a few of the prints I made before starting the background for the painting.
The Gelli plate is placed on a piece of glass to keep it from slipping while I am working with it. I found pressed leaves from last fall and they were my first experiments with printing .
I wanted to try something quick and simple and I remembered that I had about a dozen leaves in my press just waiting to be used.
Well, my first attempt was rather disappointing and I think it was also my first opportunity to learn something about printing.
The leaves were too large for the canvas I intended to use. But nothing is wasted in art and I know I can find a way to shred these printed papers and collage them into a background.
Here are a few more examples using the pressed leaves from last fall as well as a stencil of swirls which I rather like.
More experiments on the way. Pure joy!