The round Gelli plate showed up a few days ago, and I happily started using it for prints. A friend wryly remarked that it looked like a breast implant after the mammogram. Yes, yes, it does.
The first print, round like the world, made me want to create biospheres and gardens in the round.
This one, with the turquoise and gold, looks like a design on ancient jewelry, or a vase.
And after a while, I thought how much fun it would be to do a series on the seven days of creation.
This piece, a work in progress, would make a great base for a collage with plants and animals. It has the making of a wild prairie.
And OK, round isn’t the only shape. This one is a bird at dawn. The tree, on the right, still needs some work, probably with oil pastels to show up on the acrylics.
What I love about these Gelli plates is not that they can make journal page backgrounds, but that they can do monoprints, blending new techniques with old techniques of printing.
I’ll be teaching Gelli plate 101 on this coming Saturday, November 2, at Arizona Art Supply in Phoenix. You can read details and register, on my website.
–Quinn McDonald has turquoise paint under her fingernails. She hopes it wears off in time to teach Business Writing tomorrow.