Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Summer Evening" Gelli Print

Since my Artist Spotlight post went up at Gelli Arts' Facebook page I've had some inquiries into how I've created some of these prints. Several people had questions regarding the vibrancy of my prints. How do I do it?

To be honest, I'm not completely sure. I really had to go back and almost dissect my work to produce an answer. 

Right now my best "guess" is using color theory to not layer colors over each other that produce muddiness (like putting a bright yellow over a purple because red + blue + yellow = mud). 

I use rather bright paint colors to begin with. As with any kind of paint the colors vary in opacity and translucency. Knowing your paint helps a lot. 

Let's take a look at my "Summer Evening" gelli monoprint.

I will freely admit much of this print is a happy accident. This piece was very experimental from the start except for the leafy vine stencil I cut freehand. 

"Summer Evening" Gelli Monoprint

The first layer of paint is a dark cranberry purple -  Yes, I know I just ignored the suggestion above about putting those colors in a bottom layer. Experimental, remember? 

The large circles, when wiped out with my finger and a paper towel, looked really nice with how organic the edges became when printed. 

I added a little fuchsia over that cranberry purple. You can see in the wiped out circles the little lines and squares of fuchsia. 

"Summer Evening" Gelli Monoprint 3

I wanted a lot of color and layers under the vine to create a lot of dimension. Intending to just print on the left side under where I planned to put the vine stencil, I inked up my gelli plate with yellow. While printing the left side of the piece, the right edge of the paper fell out of my hand and into the yellow paint. EEEK!

Mud! Instant muddy brown. What to do?! Grab a baby wipe!

I figured there was enough paint on the paper already that it would hold up to a wet wipe down. When I wiped away the yellow paint it left this glowing, bright yellow orange behind. The fuchsia and yellow created this color in the white space of the wiped out circles. So basically this side of the print received a yellow color wash. Nice happy accident! 

Incidentally, you can see how awful that yellow muddied things up if you look in the upper right corner of the piece. There is some of that yellow that I didn't wipe off. (I suppose if I wasn't going for bright colors and wanted brown I would have been satisfied with that yellow.)

"Summer Evening" Gelli Monoprint 2

I printed a thick layer of turquoise while masking out the vine with my hand cut stencil. Then I used a handmade stamp over that with more fuchsia. Several more handmade stamps, some stenciling with punchinella, and some white gel pen brought the piece together.

Ta da!

"Summer Evening" Gelli Monoprint 4

Working on this piece got my brain wondering how color washes over prints would look. I added Distress Stains over some parts of other prints, and it looks really cool. Adds a pop the piece didn't have before. I also seem to have a thing against white space. I love full blown color all over. I made some prints on paper I covered completely in Distress Stains and watercolor. 

Color washing first also helps me avoid the "white blank page" staring contest. It's already started! All I'm doing is adding to it, I tell myself reassuringly. 

I would love to share in the joy of your happy accidents! Link up to your posts about them in the comments, please!

- Vickie


Erin Gursslin said...

I love when mistakes end up taking you to the next level in your art.

I love this print you featured...just gorgeous!

Vickie Porter said...

Erin, thank you!

Lynne K said...

I long to be able to create prints like this - it's totally gorgeous - but usually end up with mud! Thanks so much for the great step-by-step descriptions. Gives me hope that one day (after lots of practice!) I might be able to produce something similar.


kathleen codyrachel said...

Thanks for explaining - going step by step - I love the piece & gelli plates so far though I've made pieces but mostly backrounds for journals - I love the idea of a complete piece made with the layers created from the gelli plate!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to explain the hows of your beautiful art

Maryjo Mcgraw said...

absolutely incredible color! just beautiful.

Donna Ridgway said...

This print is wonderful. I haven't bought a Gelli Pad yet, but seeing this print is pushing me to making the decision! :)

stamps&cars said...

It is so incredible! What white pen do you like to use?

renee said...

fabulous! thanks for sharing.

Vickie Porter said...

@ Stamps&Cars: I use a Sakura gelly roll white pen.

Kateri said...

Hi Vickie, thanks for breaking it down for us, it is so helpful for a Gelli novice such as myself to see the possibilities. What a beautiful print! Really stunning. Gelli on!

Bliss said...

I absolutely love this...including the brown gloopy bit...thanks for the "how I did it" on this! ♥

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