Playing With Collage

It has been rather busy here on the home front these last couple of weeks.  I have a temp contract at a school and I had a visit from my daughter recently.  With the short days and work, I hadn’t had time to do any arty things except buy a book on collage.  Now, I probably don’t really need a book on collage, but I felt I needed some inspiration.

I had an old painting I wasn’t happy with, so I decided to use it for a collage piece.IMG_3466This mixed media piece is A3 size and I really don’t like it.  Really.  Nothing is ever going to make me like it as it is.  So, I cut it down to two 8×8 inch pieces.  Now they look like this:


For the collage above I used a piece of a gelli print, printed paper, a transfer I made for another painting, paper that I rolled my brayer onto during one of my printing sessions and some Acrylic Painting paper that I used for leftover paint.  For the collage below, I just cut up a piece of Acrylic Painting paper with leftover paint.  I just happened to have a piece of paper that had similar colors to the background piece.

mono287-001I’m not sure if they are finished, so I will just hang onto them for now.  It is good practice to keep your work even if you don’t like it as you may find some other use for them.  In any event, I like them better this way.

Thanks for stopping by!



‘Unsuccessful’ Teapots Monotypes

When I make prints on the gel plate, I don’t always know what I am going to do.  One day I may do circles and ribbon, another some birds, and one day I did teapots.  The teapot came from a photo I took of my Yellow Teapot painting.

IMG_7827I cut out the teapot and used contact paper to water/paint-proof the stencil.  Then I made many prints.  What I considered to be ‘unsuccessful’ went into a pile while I considered what to do with them.

On Boxing Day I ordered the Tonic Stamping platform so that I could easily register my prints.  One of the hardest things to do when printing off of a raised surface is to get it to register properly.  This stamping platform makes it a lot easier as you can line everything up before you add paint to the gel press.  I used a limited palette of acrylic paint with some gold metallic and embellished some with colored pencils.  When printing on the teapot, I had to make a mask for the background.  It was in some ways a complicated procedure as when I used a stencil on the teapot, I put the stencil on first and then the mask.  Sometimes it worked well.  Doing the background was a lot easier as I only had to place the teapot template onto the print to mask it off.


Although not perfect, they look much better and I am quite happy with them.  Now when I look at what I considered to be my ‘successful’ prints, I am no longer sure they are.  I am thinking that I may need to  re-visit them and do some more work.  At least I have something to keep me busy for a while!

Until next time, Happy Creating!

‘Unsuccessful’ Seagulls on Groins

I started a new contract this week at a Jr. School.  Gosh, its exhausting!  And that is just the parents!  After not having any work for a few weeks it has been tough getting back into the swing of things and then not having much time to do anything creative until the weekend.

In any event, I finished off my ‘unsuccessful’ prints and made them into something more successful.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them.  Some might end up in my journal that I have yet to start.  A couple I may frame, the rest – we will see.  Anything can make a print unsuccessful.  The stencil could be crooked or there are lines on your print you don’t want there, or you didn’t get enough paint on your print…. As I am still getting to grips with this printing lark, it is more of a journey for me rather than trying to create something that I might be able to sell.  I have been learning about what happens when you leave dried paint on the gel plate.  You can get some amazing textures and a grungy distressed look.

As I mentioned in my last post, I was trying out a new toy to see if I could do something interesting with some prints I wasn’t happy with.  With most of them, I was able to get the gel press to line up perfectly.  Some didn’t, but that is ok as I can still use the print in some way.  The nice thing about working with the gel press is that the acrylic paint dries quickly and this makes it possible to add many layers is a short amount of time.  When making collagraphs or other prints where printing ink is used, it can take almost a week for the ink to dry before you can do something else with your print.

Here is what I ended up with:

I worked with a limited palette as I didn’t want to get muddy colors and I also wanted them to compliment the original colors of the prints.  The first two from the top are the last two prints I made on mixed media paper, 140 lbs and are suitable for framing.  I used some bronze metallic paint on a few prints, but it doesn’t always scan well.  Some of them are also embellished with colored pencils.  There is a fair amount of texture on these little prints now.

So, why seagulls on groins?  Because I see them all of the time when I walk along the seafront!