Hello! In the month of May, I participated in a gel printing challenge with an online teacher. Every day had a different prompt and we were challenged to make a gel print using the prompt word as inspiration. I love challenges like this because they leave it wide open to interpretation. The challenge was a month long, and at the end of it, I ended up with about 120 gel prints (I know, it’s a lot!). But if you’ve ever tried gel plate printing you’ll know how addictive and easy it is! I really loved one of the prints that I did with oak leaves found on a walk with my dog. I decided to use this gel print as the background for this work, inspiration, and to inform the color palette.
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I found a branch with three smaller oak leaves on it while walking my dog, Maggie. I brought home the leaves and played on my gelli plate with them. First I traced the leaves and cut them out to use as a mask on my gel plate. I used the inside of a security printed envelope, just to see if it would give me any effects through the acrylic paint. It sure did, and I like it. What do you think of it?
I like to think of the first gel print in terms of a first pancake. It’s really fun to make, but the results may not be something you actually want to use, ha ha. Using three cut out oak leaves, I gel printed the background over a previous gel print that was a bit of a fail, but I really loved the color patterns and didn’t want to throw it out. This is a great way to use up any projects that don’t turn out the way you wanted to, just gel print right over them and re-use them!
Next, I used some additional gel printed papers as backgrounds to stencil the elements for this topiary scene. I used TCW9002 black gesso with a cosmetic sponge, dabbing it lightly through stencil TCW788 Lemontree to create the topiary tree, pot, and two tall columns to flank either side of the topiary. When these elements were dry, I used my scissors to fussy cut them out.
Once all of the pieces had been fussy cut out, I used TCW9011 matte gel medium to adhere the individual scene elements to the background.
I decided I wanted to add some flowers to the topiary tree to match the red color of the pot. Using the same gel printed paper, I used a paper hand punch to punch out some flowers. Using TCW9011 matte gel medium, I attached the flowers and three white pearl seed beads as the center of each flower.
A few final details of shadows and highlights were added by hand using a black stabilo all pencil and a white uni-ball signo acrylic paint gel pen. Here is the completed work with hand torn deckled edges and black stayz-on ink pad applied around the torn edges.
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