Another experiment with Gelli printing again with Distress Oxide but this time trying it on black paper! After the second attempt it turned out “not too bad”. Although I liked the way the oxide ink stood out on the black paper, I wanted to add more substance to it so I spritzed some Shimmer ink spray (Dylusions). Looks a bit crap on the whole piece of paper as the positioning was uneven, but this close up picture of the centre part looks pretty cool.
So what’s the next step now? With an acrylic marker, I thought drawing a simple Christmas Tree would look good with the above background. But oops looks like I ended drawing it all crooked! Not to worry. I continued “decorating” with Pebeo Deco Marker in gold and Stickles glitter glue in red and green. Quite a quick and simple piece but still lively and festive.
More Black Backgrounds in Future!
Despite being quick and simple, it was great experimenting to see the effect of oxide inks on black paper and then being able to layer more on top. I have previously done a few drawings on black paper using chalk and contè sticks, which by the way, I should also go back to doing too. Painting on black paper though is not easy because the paper is not thick enough and as you can notice it tends to warp and continue to stay rolled up on the sides even after days of flattening it. Perhaps an idea would be to layer a thicker mixed media purpose paper and prime it with black gesso?