Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gelli Plate Learning and Teaching

I've been teaching an amazing group of women this summer.  One of them, Lesley, took one of my classes at The Ink Pad.  She contacted me in May, asking if I would come to Long Branch once a week and teach a group in her home.  I'm so glad I said yes!  It's been a great adventure, and I learned so much as I planned a new lesson for each of the six weeks.

Our last lesson was on Tuesday, and it seemed fitting to have a Gelli Plate Party!  None of these women had ever used the gelli plate before, and their excitement and joy was thrilling.  The paint and prints were flying!  All my Stencil Girl stencils were in the mix, plus a big favorite -- Terri Stegmiller's recent design for Stencil Club.

Peacock stamp from Rubbermoon!
 We used our gelli prints to make illustrations inspired by African Masks, following the steps I used in this post to create a Ganesh Superhero.

Here is the preliminary work:

and three of the finished pieces.  Aren't they awesome!!!

Here's a picture of all the women at the conclusion of one of our earlier classes.  I have truly enjoyed working with them.

Here's my finished demo piece - inspired by Cecil the Lion and this editorial

 Maria McGuire's Greek Border stencil provided the perfect finishing touches.

How do you use your gel prints?

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  1. Love that you are doing this Jessica! Wish I was closer to play along :) What a lucky group of ladies!!!!

  2. Wow these look incredible! Looks like a great time!

  3. Wow. .some seriously cool creations there. Your "cecile" could be a mask.

  4. Wow. .some seriously cool creations there. Your "cecile" could be a mask.

  5. your art looks like Cecil...gorgeous!

  6. You can see the joy on all the women's faces! You may not realize this, but you have given them a lifetime gift! You just never know how much that can mean in their lives! Take them places they never imagined, fill voids they have and carry them through pain!! Gorgeous masks you all made! Wonderful tribute to Cecil! I'm wondering if didn't take a lion to point out the under belly of this ugly mentality!
    You make a difference! Thanks for that!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Hi Jessica, quick question, did you have inspiration images to work from? This looks like a great project to do in school with the kids, so much about line color and making a statement.

    1. Hi Denise - Here are links to inspiration images. I agree that kids would love this!,, Hope these help!

  8. Beautiful pages, and what a great option for the recurring-class meetings.

  9. Wonderful photos and how much fun to work with others who were experiencing something new-Gelli plate?! Must have been a blast!!
    I love your lion- sooo Jessica!! xoxo


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