It's been a couple of weeks since I introduced my Gelli Arts printmaking journey to you.
I've been practicing diligently since then, making hundreds of prints. Most of which are pure garbage. With the garbage prints, if they are not salvageable by adding more layers of printing, I simply start over fresh by pulling a print of a solid color -- which covers up all the garbage.
Sometimes these prints are refreshingly surprising in that, depending on the color of paint I am using, a bit of the old garbage peeks through and it is all GOOD. Otherwise, I have a fresh canvas on which to do more practicing.
Because of wanting to recycle and reuse, no paper ever goes to waste. Some of these prints have multiple layers of paint. As I previously said about covering up the garbage, sometimes the multiple layers are wonderful. If they become too busy, however, I simply start all over with a fresh coat of paint -- covering up the garbage.
I am definitely making progress in this method of printmaking. But, at times I can make prints for 1-2 hours and only end up with three prints that I am happy enough to keep. Frustrating. But I just keep plodding on.
I have become completely obsessed with this process. To the point that I'm not getting enough of my other papercrafting done. But, it's a healthy obsession, don't you agree?
The plate I've been working on most recently only measures 3" x 5", so these prints are much smaller. Precious treasures. I love their size.
These last five prints I am showing you, I plan on keeping for my own personal collection, to watch my progress.
So far, I have only been using the cheap bottled craft acrylics in my printmaking. I have more expensive tubes of acrylic for the next step. I keep telling myself that I should move on and try some other paints and methods. But, I love these so much and I feel I can still learn and improve even mor before moving on to the expensive stuff.
If you are interested in taking up this type of printmaking, or just wanting to learn more about it, you can find out more about it by clicking HERE. If you go to that site, they even have a link to some videos. Check them out! It's very addictive -- but a healthy addiction!