L’amour est Bleu

Last weekend, I practiced gelli printing again! Smaller plates were used this time for a change. I also went for black paper instead of the usual white, since I was curious how it would turn out with an opaque pastel-shade made possible by Distress Oxide ink. As for colours I went for Tumbled Glass, a cute baby blue shade. Rubber stamps were used with the gelli plates which turned out rather well and quite a nice change from using stencils. As I decided the theme for this piece would be about love, I used a set of heart-shaped stamps. Then I continued randomly layering away with stamping, gelli printing and brayer rolling. I also added some yellow with Distress Oxide in Squeezed Lemonade to give some dimension. And now:

Another intuitive piece created from “just practicing”. It’s quite different from my usual stuff but still manages to retain some cuteness with all the hearts and the baby blue shades. Normally, I’d use such practice pieces as background for painting on top but this time, it looks too much of a waste to paint over it! So leave it as it is.

After I was finished with the piece, I wasn’t sure what to call it. I then googled “blue” and “love” and found the title of an old tune my parents kept listening to on their reel tapes when I was a kid. It was called “Love is Blue”. A classic from the 1960s, originally from a French hit called “L’amour est Bleu”. Now what a perfect title too for this piece!

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