Friday, August 28, 2015

Gelli Printing with Junk and a Big Butterfly...

Hi Friends :)

On Wednesday last I had a Gelli party with myself using some junk I had been saving around the studio. I made several 'mark making tools' and then used them on my 8" X 10" Gelli Plate to pull a bunch of cool prints :) There are two things about making Gelli prints I must point out though. One is how freakin' addicting the process is. You think you are going to just make a few...then HOURS later you have a whole stack because you just couldn't stop! The other thing is that feeling of  "OK now what do I DO with these prints" I think some of my friends answer to that would be 'hoard them because they are so cool' But in this post I show you what I did with some of mine. I made a canvas collage with a big butterfly :)


So I started out using this big box of things I had 'saved for the good' in my studio. There was toilet paper rolls, Styrofoam meat trays, netting from onion bags, lids of water bottles, shelf liner bits, corrugated cardboard, you know...JUNK. I used up all this stuff making mark making tools. The Styrofoam trays became the base of most of my tools and I used hot glue to stick some of the other things on it. I also cut strips of Styrofoam to make a sort of 'stamp' type thing. As you can see below..I had FUN and I made a ton of prints. The paper base I chose this time was newsprint from a big sketching pad. It is a nice weight for collage.


To begin my collage I started with a blank 12" X 18" canvas. I torn some of my lighter orangey/turquoise prints into strips for my back ground and attached them using matte gel medium. I like the GEL medium for attaching thicker papers. I also prefer a matte look. You could use a gloss medium if you like yours to be shiny.


Next I drew a butterfly shape on a piece of deli paper. I like to make patterns from deli paper because it is lightweight..adding no bulkiness to my collage and it is also translucent so I can use it from either side. I picked out some prints that were orangey/yellowy for my butterfly.


Then I decided I wanted my butterfly to have a black background. So I brayered over the deli paper with black gesso. Why gesso? It is very matte finish where as my black acrylic has a sheen. Then I cut out my butterfly and attached it to the canvas using liquid matte medium. I prefer the LIQUID for attaching light papers such as deli paper, tissue, or napkins.


Now to start forming the wings. I cut pieces of my varied orangey/yellowy papers and started to fill in the sections of the wings. Attaching the pieces with matte gel medium.


Then somewhere in the middle of doing the wings..I got distracted by the background. I decided I needed some branches and leaves. So I torn strips of a brownish/rust print and started attaching those. Then I cut some leaves from a darker turquoise/green print for my leaves.


Then I went back to finishing my butterfly. Filling in the wings and body and making eyes. Once I was all done and had let it dry..I came back and decided it still needed 'something'. So I punched out some flowers from a light yellow/pink prints. I attached these to my leafy clusters on my branches.


Then..I went away and watched an episode of Chopped on food network and had a fudgecicle :) When I came back...I started doing detail work with my white and black acrylic paint pens. I tried out my new Molotow white pen but don't see much difference between it and my beloved Posca pens.


Next I wanted to add more depth with some shadowed areas. This is a subtle step..but I really like to do it. I used my very water reactive Stabilo All pencil in black. Because my entire collage is sealed with matte medium..it is very easy to blend out my pencil using a Aquash water brush. Compare the top area to the bottom area to see the difference in this photo.


My final touch to this canvas was to add some diluted white acrylic paint spatters. I used my fan brush to do this..tap tap tap.


Here are some close ups of the canvas. I collage over the edges so it is ready to hang with just a thumb tack :)


I hope you enjoyed this Gelli print collage on canvas :)
<3 Shel

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Shel! Those wings look like stained glass.

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    1. Thank you Tracy :) I didn't notice the stained glass effect..you are right :)

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  2. Love it Shel, great idea for using the Gelli prints.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Thanks Angela :) This is my favorite way to use gorgeous papers!

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  3. Fabulous piece, Shel - love the way it all came together, and what a great use for the Gelli prints!

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    1. Thanks Win :) Doing these is addicting...maybe a sea turtle or a ocotopus next!

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    2. I love turtles! I have a few collected. There's just something about them.

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  4. Just gorgeous as always! You are just so damn talented, LOL!! Can't wait to see more, Oh, I too love the stained glass effect that the butterfly took on. Very Cool!
    Big Hugs!!
    Reeah.

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    1. Thank you Reeah :) I do plan to do a sea turtle..I love the way light plays on the varigated patches of their backs when they swim close to the surface. I swam with one once in Hawaii ages ago. So cool!

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  5. Liked the tip of using black gesso on back of deli paper to create base for butterfly. Great design and tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Diane :) I love the flat matte effect of black gesso...particularly the Liqutex one as it doesn't have a bunch of whatever they put in gesso to make 'tooth' or texture..lol

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    1. I am intrigued by all the different 'Junk' you put together to use in making different prints. Of course, I love your butterfly and...the cute daisy like flowers on the tree added a nice touch. You are so talented! It will be fun to see what you create, next.

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    2. Thanks :) It was fun using up all that stuff I had been hoarding..lol. Now I just need a storage solution for the printing tools I made. Ah..small studio problems..lol

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  7. I tried to delete my post to make needed corrections. I did not proofread my post. :( My keyboard does not want to cooperate with my typing speed, tonight.

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  8. The butterfly is beautiful as it the rest of the work.

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