Friday, April 21, 2017

Gel Printing Class

Teal with bubble wrap pressed into the wet paint

Layering a red over a teal print

This is 3 ghost prints on top of one another

First printed with yellow ochre, part of the paint removed. Then a ghost print over that
Months and months ago, I don't remember exactly when, my friend Klara told me that Jane Davies was offering a new online class starting this month. I debated for oh, 5 minutes, and whipped out the Visa. Jane Davies is a professional artist, working in collage and abstract, and I love her style. She teaches in person and online, but there is always a limit to her online classes. How she does this is a blog is created, much like this one, for the students and Jane to post their work. We can then see what everyone is doing, and comment.

Normally when I use the gel plates, I use Liquitex Basic paint, which is in a tube and heavy body. Because it is in a tube, you sometimes will get more paint out then what you intended. So you either use it, or take some of it off. Not an exact science. Jane is suggesting we use Golden Fluid Acrylics, which I have in about 20 colors, and I did indeed do this for my first session of practice. To continue that practice, I either need to start to sell a whole bunch of art, or meet a very wealthy man. Just saying. Golden products are expensive. The collection I have I have accumulated over the past 3 years on sale from Dick Blick. Can there really be that big of a difference between paints? Oh, hell yes!

You learn very quickly to control how much paint to put on the plate, and use glazing medium with it to make the paint more open (ie: not dry so fast). Look at the last photo above. The circles are a ghost print, that is the second pull off the plate, with Payne's Grey. Payne's is a dark, dark blue with grey undertones, and I had no idea how transparent it could be. Whoa, game changer. Now I want to do ghost prints with Payne's Grey on everything!

Going to be a very interesting class. I will try to post once a week, which is when a new lesson is released. Thanks for stopping by.

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