Remember last week, I set you a challenge? To decipher how this piece was created? I asked you to write out the instructions as if you were me.
Well, would you believe we had over 30 entries?! I think that is astounding, because it really wasn’t an easy challenge. Some of you were right on track, some were really interesting! And if I had the time, I would love to see where those instructions lead. I bet they would all work very, very well. But the best thing was that you were prepared to stretch yourselves, to have a go.
The entry that came closest to my truth was
So very, very well done Angela, for working out what I did. Actually, thank you for reminding me!
The thing is though, that this just is my interpretation. I was thinking about Scotland, which most of you guessed right.
Did I use masks? Actually, no. (Although we do have them). I just made sure the acrylic paint wasn’t too think or dark where I planted my foxgloves.
I used a larger
I created the background in sections, starting at the bottom. Instead of coating the whole gelli plate with acrylic paint, I spread a strip of Crimson acrylic paint through the plate, and blotted it with bubble wrap, like this:
Then I did the same with the blue at the top, for the sky, using sequin waste, or Punchinella, as it’s called.
In the example here, I even added an Ocean swirl stencil.
Looks quite good. And added a blend of the 2 colours at the base.
You can see already where the Foxgloves have got to go:
in the lighter area to the left.
The hill in the background was done by adding a mix of the blue and red paint to the gelli plate, but just in the upper area. Then I covered up the wet Gelli plate with 2 pieces of torn copy paper: one to cover up the lower half of the gelli plate entirely, one to cover up the sky, leaving the purple blend slit of a mountain range.
I forgot to take step photos of this. I think that the mountain process was quite challenging as it was, without getting paint all over my brand new Ipad trying to click away, too!
I did all of the paint background BEFORE I added the Foxgloves.
Here’s another one I did, where the flowers had to move!
As for colouring in, I used Distress markers. Promarkers don’t react well to acrylic. Or Black Archival for that matter.
Add shade once the undercoat is dry.
Now for the green. I used Lettuce Adirondack and a make-up Sponge over the Crimson acrylic, and Cloudy Blue over the sky.
See how it stains the card underneath?
I went round the edges too.
Do it with care, building the shade gradually.
And that’s about it.
All I need to do now, is send Angela my original, signed, as a gift,
together with an 8" x 10" Gelli Plate as a prize.
Please email us your mailing address Angela xx
And the comment candy winner from last week. Well, thank you so much for all your Blog Support! I do work hard at this - but I really enjoy it, too.
I will pick a random winner tomorrow....
Much Love from