It has been several Wednesdays since I last desk snooped with all of you :(. In order to show an interesting desk..I must actually be doing something on it. AND..I must blog about the interesting thing I am doing. So, the conclusion is..I have too been busy or too lazy. It is actually the first one :) For those of you who are not sure what desk snooping is..check out the linky party at Stamping Ground blog and join in the fun and adventure! So here is my desk as of late Tuesday night right before I finished my peaceful fish project.... quite horrible...and if you could see the floor...oh my...
But here is my finished project ..much prettier to view! :) I am quite in love with it and it does look better in person due to the shimmery bits that just won't show up in a photo.
So, let me tell you a bit about what happens in my brain. I got a new toy...a 4" round Gelli plate and I wanted to play with it. So I was doing that...making these gorgeous circles. I had a new texture toy I had made using bits left over from trimming a rubber stamp set and I decided to try it out on my Gelli plate. Well, once I had tried it the image it made reminded me of bamboo...which made me think of Asian stuff. Then..I thought of Japanese koi fish. I had made a trout last Saturday for my Kraaft Shaak Design Team post so I guess I have fish on the brain. And so off I went :)
I planned to use a 12" X 12" canvas that is prepped in white...but after watching the Kraaft It Live 6/30/15 , I changed my mind to working on black instead. So I prepped my canvas with black gesso.
Then I started to make my collage using my Gelli printed paper. I tore it into long strips and glued it down using Matte Gel Medium. I kept putting on strips until I was satisfied with the way it looked. It reminds me of water weeds in a pond where my koi fish might live.
Now for my fish. I used deli paper again and a graphite pencil. I looked at some Japanese koi fish drawings on a tattoo site online and decided I liked the look. So I sketched some in that style onto my paper. I also looked up the Japanese symbol for 'peace' and printed it out. I laid out my design onto the canvas until I was happy. I cut out and painted over the symbol to make it darker with black gesso and then attached it to the canvas using matte gel medium.
Now for some more Gelli printing! I got out colors of yellows, oranges, reds & golds from my acrylic stash. I also looked for any stencils that had round shapes on them. This time I used my 4" round Gelli plate. I layered colors and stencils and printed and layered some more until I got some prints that reminded me of koi fish scales.
Next I took my sketches and cut them in to sections where I wanted different colors of the prints. Then I simply flipped the prints to the back, flipped the pieces over, and glued them onto the prints using matte liquid medium. This way, I could cut out the pieces once the medium was dried, and piece together my fish. I used matte gel medium to attach the pieces to the canvas.
Once my fish were assembled onto the canvas and everything was nice and dry, I used Posca pens to add details. I also outlined the symbol with a fine copper Sharpie poster pen.
My final step was to use my QuickCuts tiny die cutter to cut out letters from black cardstock. I attached the word 'Peace' on the lower right side of the canvas using matte gel medium and then outlined it with copper to match the symbol.
I hope you enjoyed my project and are inspired to get out a Gelli plate and make something!
Oh and don't forget to order your Kraaft Shaak Mixed Media Kit with my coupon SAVE5SHEL before July 15th :)