Sunday, May 19, 2013

Blooming True and Tutorial

Today, Sunday, I visited Surtex - The Surface and Textile Design Show - at the Javits Center in NY.


There, I met up with these lovely ladies, Shannon Crandall on the left, and Pam Brewer Varacek, two amazing artists I met through Flora Bowley's Bloom True course.  We had a lot of fun walking around, checking out all the different booths and amazing art. 

Over the weekend, I prepped a canvas with bits and pieces of leftover gelli plate prints...

 


Using a white pencil, I sketched out a design...



Using a paint chip, I lightly scraped a mixture of phalo blue and titanium buff across the canvas, to quiet the background and eliminate some of the riot of color from my gelli prints.




using a mixture of glazing medium and fluid acrylic paints, I started painting in my design, leaving the gelli prints showing through the glaze:


(I hope you can see how the glaze adjusts the color and ties areas together without eliminating the underlying design.)

I painted in a face...


and some petals...


and when I came home tonight, I added some text in honor of my Bloom True friends:



I love how bits and pieces of the gelli prints show through the glaze.  It is so much richer than if I just painted this image on a white background.  Give this technique a try, and see how it informs you choices of color and mark making!

Linking to: Inspire Me Monday, Make it Monday, Artful Times (blooming),  Simon Says Stamp (flowers),  Inspiration Avenue (Girls with Flowers in their Hair) and Creative Everyday.

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34 comments:

  1. Jessica, this is amazing, I love the gelli print before and I love it after too!! Your flower/face are gorgeous!!! Amazing!!!

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    1. Thanks Claudine -- one of these days I will leave a gelli collage alone! (well...probably not....)

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  2. Wonderful creation - love the brilliant colors. Saw it on MIM. Deb

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  3. This tutorial has convinced me to put on my big girl pants and use my gelli plate. The painting is beautiful. I sent my address.

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  4. Beautiful! Love how you can still see the Gelli prints under. Looks like you had a wonderful time!

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  5. Fantastic artwork and tutorial Jessica..I saw this on MIM..Loz

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  6. This is lovely! I have lots of ideas now :)

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  7. Love how the gelli prints give this work so much dimension by the transparent use of the glaze - fab work and glad you had a good time at Surtex and met some friends. xox

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  8. She is gorgeous - she makes me feel good inside and makes me smile too!! The patterns and colours are so beautifu too!
    thank you for sharing her on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  9. You just have to smile at this fabulous creation as she brightens the day :)
    The your for playing along with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  10. I love how you put the background together... awesome!
    Thanks for stopping by today :)
    Jana

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  11. Those layers are so cool to see.. they way you started, then the glaze and the face. So nice to be inspired by friends.

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  12. I love your art and seeing the process is so amazing. You do such good things in your collaging.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  13. Your work is so amazing, thank you for sharing the process with us, the end result puts me in a dream of beautiful images. She makes me feel light

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  14. What a cute sunflower! So many layers, looks wonderful... I LOVE the Gelli prints!!!

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  15. Fabulous art and image Jessica. Visiting from MIM. Faye

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  16. Gorgeous way to use up gelli plate bits and bobs, your sun is fabulous! visiting from Inspiration Avenue

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  17. So very beautiful. Gorgeous way to use them, love the layers and colors

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  18. LOVE your VISION!!!!!! :) how refreshing

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  19. Wow! What a fabulous project! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

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  20. Beautiful, both before and after! I love how you shared the process.

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  21. OOH! I really love this one. Did you use medium or tape to adhere the pieces of gelli papers to the background? Hum, I guess tape might not stick on canvas.

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    1. Hi Gloria - I used collage pauge -- because I did the gelli papers on card stock -- matte medium (usually my adhesive of choice) wasn't tacky enough to hold them down...

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  22. What a fabulous idea to use all those bits up in the first place. Love your big bloom and can imagine what it must look like in real life. Fabulous!
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times.
    Hugs, neet xx

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  23. This is gorgeous, I love the colours!

    Saw this on MIM.

    Rose x

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  24. Love your sunflower girl and your colors!

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  25. I was thinking...wow, she is painting over those colored pieces, and then WOW, the flower and the face appeared, and it's AMAZING!!! I love how your mind thinks! I would never do this...so not brave enough! This is just wonderful and beautiful!

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  26. What Anita said!!! Lol...Love it!

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  27. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  28. Fabulous piece of artwork. Thanks for linking up with Make It Monday this week.
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    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  29. Wow, I love that. I have been trying to paint sort of transparantly myself. I haven't used glazing medium myself yet...now I must go and get me some glazing medium.....

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