Floral Universe

I’m really getting into this Gelli printing!  This time I decided to experiment with acrylic paint instead of ink.  Firstly, though, I wanted to design a flowery background and layer it with flowers, one layer after another in fact.  Am not really sure what I was doing and was merely experimenting with various techniques till I was happy.  A sort of intuitive piece, I guess.

Oil Pastel Scribbles

I firstly primed my paper some white gesso.  Used my sketchbook, a pad of Strathmore Mixed Media paper (190 gsm).  Then randomly doodled in some flowers using oil pastels and seeing where I’d go from there.

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Random Bits

I spread some yellow acrylic ink in random areas and after letting it dry, stencilled in some leaves using Distress Oxide.  Then glued on some scraps of paper leftover from a previous piece before rubber stamping various flower patterns around.

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Gelli Printing

This time, I used a round 8-inch diameter Gelli plate.  It’s new so I was curious how it will all turn out.  First I spread a mixture of Dylusions paint in Mushy Peas (light green) and some Golden Fluid Acrylic in Permanent Green and spread it with a brayer.  And then “combed” the paint with a small 5-prong tool trying to make a flower pattern.  When I printed it, I didn’t realise how squishy and gooey it was going to be given I’m more accustomed to inks which come out dryer.  So I proceeded in outlining the big green flower with India Ink to enhance it more.  And then added some flower-shaped cut-outs from origami paper.  For the finishing touches, I merely dotted some details with acrylic markers.

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Definitely not one of my best work but it was worth the practice and experimenting with using acrylic ink for Gelli printing.  On the brighter side, I do like the bright green and how the flower radiates in a background bursting with a melange of floral objects floating around.  Looks a bit like the universe except instead of moon and stars we just see flowers.  Which inspired me to come across this name, “Floral Universe”.

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