GELLI PRINTING 101 learn to use the gelly printing plate to your mixed media advantage
teri gordon gives us an inside look at her workspace
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inside the artistâ€™s studio:
whatâ€™s in your artbox
the artist’s studio
Inside a quaint cottage in a small Arkansas town lies the studio of mixed media artist Teri Gordon. Filled with bright colors and cute trinkets, this studio is a sight to behold. We had some questions about her studio and art, which the artist gladly answered.
When and how did you start doing mixed media? I’ve always loved art. I’ve been making things since I was a kid. As far as mixed media goes, I started a few years ago when I found some artists I fell in love with. I took a few classes online and now here we
are! It’s a ton of fun. Gathering materials to incorporate into my work is my favorite part. Speaking of materials, what are some you like to use? I use a lot of craft acrylics. I like using old ripped book pages and tissue paper as well. I keep a sketchbook
and sticky notes close at all times just in case inspiration strikes. Some of my favorite works are things I’ve done as practice in my sketchbook. What inspires you? Other artists. My family. Antiques and trinkets. I like to keep things that inspire me in my workspace, like work by other artists and photos of my family... just in case I need some inspiration along the way. What’s your favorite thing that you keep in your studio? I love my chair! It’s from an antique shop. It was just wooden when I bought it, but I painted it a sort of teal color and I love it. It’s comfy,
even though it doesn’t really look like it would be. How long does it usually take for you to finish a piece? Anywhere from an afternoon to... Well, I’ve got one I started a year ago and still haven’t finished. HA! I guess it really just depends on what I’m making and how inspired I am at the time by it. Lastly, I thought it would be fun to do some quick facts. Sure! Favorite color? Yellow. Or Pink. Favorite season? Spring. Favorite food? Desserts! Last thing you created? A girl in my sketchbook. She turned out nicely, I think.
i like to keep things that
me in my work space, like work by other artists, and photos of my family.
WHAT’S IN YOUR ARTBOX We asked artist Patricia Lacefield to show us the contents of her artbox. Here’s what we found! Washable Glitter Glue Sargent Art $6.99
Various Craft and Artist Acrylics Apple Barrel, Folk Art, and Master Touch $0.97 - $5.99
Scrubbing Brush $5.99
Pigma Brush Pens Sakura Set of 8, $24.99
Gold Leaf Paint Marker Marvy Uchida $4.99
Palette Knife Master’s Touch $3.99
Mod Podge, Gloss Plaid 16 oz, $7.99
Premium Gesso Pro Art 16 oz, $11.99
Various Tissue Paper From $0.99
Pen and Ink Set Authentic Models $34.99
Various Synthetic Hog Hair Brushes $0.99-$4.49
The Fine Touch 36 Count, $4.99
Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Oregano Tim Holtz $9.99
India Ink, Black Daler Rowney $3.97
Fine Touch, Savoir Faire Sets, $7.99-$21.99
Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool! With the Gelli plate, itâ€™s easy and exciting to make collage elements for your mixed media artwork. This is just one of many ways to use the plate!
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Start by gathering your materials. Along with the Gelli plate, we used brushes, cotton swabs, and various acrylic paints, along with a homemade stencil. Add in some other colors using your cotton swabs. Create an interesting composition during this step and your print will turn out great! Squirt some black paint onto your Gelli plate. By applying this paint, your print will come up with a dark background while still showing the design you created below.
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We started by using our stencil. Randomly add colors with the stencil and then let this coat of paint dry completely. Drying is key to this process!
Continue working on your composition. We added some metallic paints like gold and pearl to really make ours pop! Let the paint dry completely before moving to the next step. Smooth out the dark paint on top by using a brush or a brayer. Make sure this layer is smooth and thin. Place paper on top, rub over it, and after you pull the paper away youâ€™ll have your fantastic print!
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