Sep 28, 2014

Reverse stamping - a Gelli trick

Have you ever wished that the image on one of your rubber stamps faced the "other" direction??
Or...maybe you wanted the images to face each other!!
Yeah...we all have from time to time.
Well....I've got another little "Gelli Plate" trick to do just that....reverse stamping.

roll paint then stamp
I do it using acrylic paint because that's what I like....and when I want the images to be used in my Torn Paper Paintings....acrylic works best with the gel medium.

First...if you're using the image in it's "intended" position....using a brayer, roll on a layer of paint and stamp the image normally.
Here, I'm stamping on one of my Gelli printed envelopes.

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Then...for reversing the image....roll the acrylic paint on again...only this time, carefully stamp the image onto the Gelli Plate. I love using my 3"x5" for this. You see the image on the gelli as you would if you'd stamped it on paper....but, once you "flip" the Gelli to use as a stamp....the image is automatically reversed! stamp....two images!!!

Sep 12, 2014

More Gelli Love

Yep....gotta love the Gelli Arts people.
As I mentioned in my last posting...I incorporate the use of the Gelli plate in the painting of some of my rice papers for my Torn Paper Paintings, and I also pull prints onto white envelopes.
Well....not only did the fine folks at Gelli Arts do a posting about my fun printed envelopes....but they also did a large posting of my actual artwork!!!

It is sooo awesome to have your work recognized in such a great way. The exposure was amazing. In 24hrs I actually gained over 50 new fans on my Torn Paper Paintings facebook fan page!!!
Thank you and "welcome" to all those new fans!!
I am very fortunate to do what I love and find so many others who love what I do.

Sep 3, 2014

Gelli day bonus!

As a rule...when the weather is beautiful...I like to take all my painting supplies and make a huge colorful mess outside.
For creating my Torn Paper Paintings, I need to keep a full supply of papers painted up in many colors and designs to be used for when I start each painting. A good ongoing supply is important so that I don't always have to make more at the last minute....and living in New England...painting outdoors isn't possible year round.
Today was one of those awesome painting days.
My favorite papers to turn into colorful collections are my rice papers and old book & music pages.
Along with my watercolor and acrylic other favorite tool is my Gelli Plate!!  I have two my larger one goes outside with me!
(click on the pics to see them larger)
After many hours of a fun filled afternoon I not only had a lovely collection of new papers to work with....but a nice new collection of colorful envelopes as well!!
You see....the second pull on a plate is generally called the "ghost", rather than make those pulls on another paper....I used white envelopes....a bonus!!
Now I'm looking forward to sending out some beautiful mail !!!