Following on from my previous posts, I now have a set of homemade SEAWEED, WAVY STRIPS and BILLABONG BOULDERS masks.
Take 1 rectangular Gelli Plate, some 190 gsm art paper, masks, acrylic paint and a brayer. Now let’s go make Art!
There are several different techniques used here – brayering, rubbing, masking, stencilling, monoprinting.
I wanted to recreate the colours often associated with Australia and her Aboriginal people – shades of red, orange, yellow.
First, I brayered colour onto art paper. I started with a light yellow, laid out in a line, brayered over that with my 4 inch brayer. Laid on a darker yellow, brayered that, blending the colours a bit. Laid on orange paint, brayered that, then red, brayered. Then I laid a stencil (with lots of bubbly holes!) underneath the paper and brayered over that. The rubbing of the brayer over the stencil under the paper created a subtle effect reminiscent of pebbles.
I made up 4 of these, to use as my backgrounds.
I brayered blue paint onto my rectangular 8×10 inch Gelli plate, and laid some Wavy Strips masks over the plate.
I pulled a print, then removed the masks from the plate using tweezers, and pulled a “ghost print” onto another prepared background paper.
The first print.
The “ghost print”.
I used the same method for the Billabong Boulders masks. On 2 of the background papers, I used my bubbly stencil and a pearly white paint to create and strengthen the illusion of pebbles on the left and right of the composition. On one of the papers I used my Seaweed masks.
Here are the results of my experiments.
Hmmm…I think perhaps sometimes less is more. I really must try my best not to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, in at the same time. Scale it down, girl, pare it back to basics!
For you have plenty of paint and paper, and tomorrow is another day for playing with them. ;-)