Looking for something to do this weekend? Head on out to Long Island City for the LIC Arts Open 6 and an opportunity to visit hundreds of artists’ studios. Have you ever looked at a painting in a gallery and wanted to know “how did they do that?” This is your chance.
Begin at Reis Studios (43-01 22nd St., LIC) with 200 artist studios to start your tour. See the inner workings of my art studio #225 where I’ll be demonstrating how I use a Gelli Plate to print the collage papers I use in my work and making FREE greeting cards for those who drop by. Come by to get yours. Studios open this Sat. & Sun. from 12-6pm. Directions below.
How to decorate envelopes using a GelliArts plate, acrylic paint, stencils, and pens.
In my studio, paper wins every time. That’s because as a mixed media artist, paper is one of my favorite and most versatile mediums I use. I am starting to work on the fourth painting in my yoga series but first, I had to print some new papers to use in this painting. I have enjoyed using the gel plate (by Gelli Arts) I got for Christmas to print unique and multi-layered prints. A Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like a sheet of gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a gel plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool. These monoprints are only a handful of the papers I printed today using stencils, faux painting tools and more.
You can see where I used a brayer to roll on the acrylic paint, then scraped in a design and finally pressed the paper onto the plate. Voila! It’s as easy and fun as that. If I didn’t like the print, I just added another layer or two on top and ended up with some great designs. Next post, I will show you how I used these papers in my yoga painting #4.