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More on Gelli Arts Printing Plates for Monoprinting

June 10, 2013

If you have been reading my blog this spring you know that in March I was smitten by the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. (Here's a peek at one spread in my 2013 fake journal that shows how I used the Gelli Arts Printing Plate to create backgrounds on which I build paintings and collage. You can see more examples of the printing I did with this great plate in a post on the Official International Fake Journal Blog.)

If my descriptions still puzzle you and you think it's not a simple "tool" to use I suggest you to go watch a very short video my friend Briana Goetzen posted on her website this morning.

In just a few minutes Briana shows you how she makes the most of each application of paint to create detailed and lovely mono prints. (See the Gelli Arts Printing Plate video at the bottom of her post at the above link.)

Briana will be demonstrating at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective on Monday October 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Following her demo we will have paints, paper, and a couple printing plates so that people will be able to pull a print of their own and experience the fun. The meeting will be free and all adult journal artists are welcome, regardless of skill level. Come and let Briana inspire you with her love of color, shape, and texture.

If you need to get your hands on one of these plates immediately, Wet Paint in St. Paul is carrying all three sizes (6 x 6, 8 x 10, and 12 x 14 inches). I'll be doing a demo for them at the Calligraphy Guild's retreat in August, but they've also asked me to do a local demo. You can come out to Wet Paint on Wednesday June 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. to see the Gelli Arts Printing Plate in action—and to have a go yourself (I'll start the evening with a little bit of background into how I use it, the tools I find useful, and show some work. Then you'll have an opportunity to get hands on.)

If you love color, texture, pattern, printmaking, and paint exploration I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to get to know this useful, fun tool. I'm confident that when you see how simple (and basically non-messy) the process is, you'll find a way to incorporate it into your art making process.

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