Printmaking Class, Found One!

In a town full of artists, you think it would be easy to find an Art Class.  Well, you can, but mostly in the daytime.  So, if you are unemployed, retired, or just lucky not to have to work, you can try lots of different things.  People who have to work for a living most likely get discouraged and don’t do anything or if they are like me, they keep looking and learn from books, etc. until they find something.

I think the Universe is helping me out a little bit here because I think I may have found something I really enjoy doing, and that is making prints.  Printmaking comes with a process, and I love a good process.  You don’t even have to be great at drawing.  You can print without a press.  I have been trawling the internet for all sorts of information about different printing methods.  Gel plate printing is great.  I really enjoy working on it so much I might even try making one of my own out of real gelatine!

I searched online yesterday and I found a printmaking class in the evening!  Yay!  I start on Monday for six weeks and all materials are supplied.  Now you may be thinking that I might already know a lot about printmaking (I do, because I have books and scour the internet and you-tube) and why should I take a class?  Well, because it is important to gain information from others in person if at all possible and form relationships with like-minded individuals.  I might know stuff, and I am sure if I just try things I will get the hang of it on my own, but we can always learn by seeing and doing in person.  There are so many people out there that want to share.  That is why there are books and videos, and classes.  Some stuff is free and some you have to pay for.  I don’t mind paying someone to teach me how to do something that I want to learn more about.

Here are a couple of pieces I did the other day.

As you can see, I already have gone in a different direction in my printmaking from when I first started with the Gel plate.  That is because I have more information and have learned some different techniques.  I don’t do journaling and I don’t doodle, which is what a lot of people do with their prints.  I want someone to frame and hang these on their walls because they are thinking ‘Wow, that’s cool, how did they do that?’  By the way, I had to remember how I did the one on the right!  I really need to write the processes down! 🙂

Needless to say, I am very excited about taking a printmaking class!  What are you excited about?  Happy Painting People!


Going in Circles

We recently had a bank holiday and although I had three days off, I only got one day to paint.  Day one was spent driving up to London to visit with my daughter.  Day two was spent doing chores and tidying up my art supplies, and day three was spent trying out my new 6×6 Gel Press Plate.  I wish I could have more three day weekends!

Here is part two of that day of printing.

I used circle templates I made out of cardboard and some string that came off of a dress tag.  Colors used were Mars Black, Burnt Sienna, Indigo and Paynes Grey.  I also used a bit of silver and copper on a couple of prints but unfortunately the scanner and camera doesn’t pick up iridescent paint.

I really love these.  These were all printed on copy paper.  I only managed to get one decent print on some good cartridge paper.

GEL0546×6 inch Gel Press print on 8×8 inch cartridge paper 140 lbs.

I’m thinking I can make a collage of my prints onto a heavy weight paper.  Will try it first with some that didn’t make it to see how it goes. 🙂

Happy painting people!

Going Square – New Gel Press Plate

GEL055I got my new Gel Press 6×6 inch plate a couple of weeks ago, but today is the first time I have had a chance to try it.  Everyone thinks the Gelli-Plate is the only plate for printing, but I have since discovered that there are others.  Speedball also makes one.  These gel plates are made in the USA.  I was looking online for the cheapest one I could find and that is how I learned about the Gel Press (they say they are the original).  Since it was only about £10,  I decided to go for it.  What is the difference between the Gel Press plate and the Gelli-Plate?  Not much print-wise.  Though I am really loving the Gel Press plate right now.  I love the size ( I really like square things) and it seems to be slightly thicker and squidgy-er than my 8×10 Gelli-Plate.  I also think it wipes up better with the baby wipes.  Print-wise, the paper picks up the paint the same on both.

Today I tried something new, for me.  This time I rolled out the paint on some Perspex before I rolled it onto the plate (I added a medium to thin the paint out).  This is the ‘normal’ method for mono-printing.  This way you don’t get too much paint on the plate.  I also prefer the effect.  Colors used were Mars Black, Indigo, Burnt Sienna and Paynes Grey.

I had picked some plant matter on my morning walk and made some stencils.  These are the first ones I made and are printed on copy paper.  There is definitely a method to working with plant matter – especially when it is bulky.  (I even found some worms)

Here are some dried maple seeds with a stencil and string.  Where I was able to take a ghost print (bottom right), I then layered over a second color.  I am really pleased with these.  I made quite a few prints and only a few didn’t turn out that great.  I am really loving this printing lark!