explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gelli Plate Printing: Addicted!

As I'm sure many of you know, there's a fairly new art tool for creating quick and fun monoprints with acrylic paint. It's called a Gelli Plate, and I'm officially addicted :).  The Gelli plate is a synthetic gel pad on which you apply thin layers of paint with a brayer. You can produce amazing effects with stencils, stamps, masks, drawing tools, layering prints, etc. So many possibilities! I've taken a couple of online classes, and introduced some other art students to Gelli plate techniques too. I'm also planning to lead a small workshop in the near future.  Gelli printing in groups is wonderful because you can share techniques with each other; there's always lots of invention and discovery!

These are some prints I've created on deli paper using the Gelli Plate and various stencils/tools. Gelli prints can be used in a myriad of ways--for art journaling, mixed media, greeting cards, scrapbooks, gift tags, bookmarks, altered books, etc. I'm enjoying this very colorful way to spend chilly winter days!







 










Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Collage Obsession: Bridge





Image credits: wikimedia commons, Life magazine archives

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Take a Word: Couples






Image credits: pink lotty, holliewood, beth rimmer, tumblefish studio, altered emporium.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Faces



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Image credits: last door down the hall, kim klassen textures

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Three Muses: Word

We were asked by the Three Muses this week to illustrate a word of our choice, art-journaling style.
Image credits for this digital collage: media militia, various free font sources.



Monday, January 20, 2014

Collage Obsession: Radiant Orchid


Radiant Orchid is the Pantone color of the year, and Collage Obsession is celebrating this beautiful color. Stop by and join the challenge, or see everyone's beautiful art!



Image credits for my digital collage: graphicsfairy, obsidian dawn.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Take a Word: Hats 'n Things


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Image credits upon request.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Three Muses: Still Life




Image credits: deviant scrap, holliewood, graphicsfairy, rachel verdi.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Take a Word: MOON








Image credits: lisa's altered art, flickr creative commons, NASA photo, obsidian dawn digital brushes, my own art for background.

Collage Obsession: FROZEN

The theme of the challenge I'm hosting this week at Collage Obsession is "Frozen," inspired by the current Disney movie and the recent weather here in Maryland (and much worse weather elsewhere in the U.S.). Please stop by the challenge site and join in! Here's my chilly digital collage.


Image credits: holliewood, google, dezinaworld

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Three Muses: Music



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Image credits: graphicsfairy, google, wikimedia commons.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Collage Obsession: Year of the Horse



Image credits: dover designs, mccallum (altered)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Take a Word: Home




Image credits: last door down the hall, graphicsfairy, dover designs, artfreebies.com.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Snowflakes



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Image credits: my photo of snow-covered tree; snowflakes by beth rimmer

Friday, January 3, 2014

Soartful: A Little House With Something a Little Bit Different


Sheila of the Soartful Design Team has come up with this imaginative theme.  The house images in my digital collage are from a rubber stamp that I carved awhile ago . The backgrounds are from Gelli plate prints I created using stencils. And the eyes...well, the eyes just appeared in the windows while I wasn't looking. Hmmmmm...


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Three Muses: Color Me Happy

The Three Muses asks us this week to create art using a color that makes me happy. One of my favorite colors is turquoise. Here's my quietly content turquoise piece, using my own sketch, ocean photo, and Gelli Plate background.

Happy New Year, everyone!