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Using Gelli prints to make an art journal page

Making your own papers on the Gelli plate means you have an instant collection of coordinating papers.  What can you do with those Gelli prints?  One thing is art journal with them.

Using Gelli prints to make an art journal page

I picked 3 coordinating papers I made during this months’s Colorful Gelli Print Party.  You can see how I made these prints using rope and a Gelli plate in this video.

Using Gelli prints to make an art journal page

 

 

I ripped and cut so the papers would stack and still let me see their color and pattern.

 

 

Using Gelli prints to make an art journal page

 

At this point, I realized this could have easily been a scrapbook page or an art journal page simply by changing what I placed next.  Put a photo there and it feels like a scrapbook page.  Put a fun collage image from one Tangie Baxter’s collage sheets and it an art journal.

 

The pops of red in the image called for more red on the page, so I brought out a fine liner filled with red acrylic ink.

Who would have thought I pulled out red to use?  It’s one of those colors I rarely ever use.  I guess a winged rhino got me to do it!  Now….can that winged rhino get me to clean up the house?

Using Gelli prints to make an art journal page

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What I learned painting without my eyes...and I learned a lot!I was so inspired by a video about Sargy Mann, who is an amazing painter who happens to be blind.   His paintings are stunning.  Watching him create captivated me. I could not stop thinking about it.  So I decided to try to paint without my eyes.  And did I ever learn a few things…

Watch Painting without my Eyes on YouTube.

Here’s what I learned…

What I learned painting without my eyes...and I learned a lot!Where you place you supplies is critical….I thought I had it all organized so I could easily put my brush in paint but NO.

 

 

What I learned painting without my eyes...and I learned a lot!I thought I would be able to feel when the brush hit the paint…but NO.

 

 

What I learned painting without my eyes...and I learned a lot!I thought I was getting color on the entire piece evenly but NO (in fact it seems I completely ignored one whole corner of it).

I thought I’d be able to remember where colors had been placed but NO.

 

After trying painting without my eyes, I watched the video about Sargy Mann again with a new appreciation.  I couldn’t keep track of what color went where in just the few minutes I was playing, let alone an entire composition filled with so many precise details.

Watch Blind Painter Sargy Mann on YouTube.

In the end, I did not create fine art.  I played.   I let go and got lost in the experience.  As a bonus,  I have a great start to an art journal page.

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Will the silly story in my art journal "Tale of the Love of Johnny Cakes" win a Pulitzer Prize...probably not but it sure was fun to make the video!  Enjoy a chuckle or two!

Picasso's Words stencil by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl Products

When I play in my art journal sometimes a story is revealed to me.  This particular tale, of two lovers separated by time and space brought together thanks to Johnny Cakes, isn’t really Pulitzer prize worthy.   In fact, it is quite a silly love story and I like it that way.

 

Between you and me…I expected to create a very modern looking art journal page as I added some stenciling to the page.  I was thinking modern.  I was feeling modern.  And then my art journal led me a totally silly, fun, and playfully different way.

Enjoy a chuckle as I play around and create a story with classic elements of story telling and you’ll even get to see more of my postage stamp quirks in the video!

Watch  Finding the silly story in my art journal on YouTube.

And I’ve never had a Johnny Cake before.  Does anyone know if they are any good?

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