On Saturday, I did a little experimenting with my Gelli plates, and Golden Acrylics. I made a stencil of three crows, and used both the positive and negative parts of the stencil for a variety of arrangements.
The Gelli plate is clear, flexible, and has the feel of a solid sheet of gelatin. The Golden Acrylics are slow-drying, and recommended for making these monoprints. The paint is rolled onto the plate with a brayer. Stencils and other flat objects can be laid onto the plate to block off certain areas. Here are a couple of prints that I made.
I added the birds' legs and the wire after.
It's going to be a busy week ahead, with five days of work, and some Christmas loose ends to wrap up. We had a snow storm yesterday with about 6 inches of snow, but today it was rainy and mild. The temperatures have been up and down recently with frigid lows below zero, then back into the 40's. I don't know why I'm surprised--this is New England!
I am an art teacher who loves to draw and paint, as well as illustrate for children. I also enjoy printmaking---especially block prints. Whatever I do as an artist, I have to remind myself---no pressure---it all starts by just putting pencil to paper.