8.21.2017

My adventures with PB & Gelli

I'm not talking about a lunchbox sandwich - I'm talking Paint, Brayer & Gelli! 😜

I got my gelli plate & brayer yesterday - hurrah! This is a first for me - I know everybody has had one of these for ages (yawn) but I've been scared of them so don't judge. 😋

The more I watched videos & saw them on blogs, the more I decided I had to have one.

I got a PolyGel plate in the 5"x7" size to start with. This stuff is pretty cool - for you experts, just humor me as I play with my new toy. 😀


And so I started playing with colors & laying stencils on top lightly to see what would happen on some small pieces of scrap paper.  Kind of cool! 


I then decided to use some metallics. I have some Ken Oliver liquid metallics & found they kind of sit on top of the acrylic paints the first couple of times with the brayer but then blend in. They left behind the metallic sparkly affect which was cool. 



This one I didn't really brayer smooth on the plate & I laid my Andy Skinner stencil of women's faces on top. It looked kind of neat - I think I'll fool around more with targeting specific colors in certain areas where I know my stencil will be laid, like maybe black for the actual faces to stand out. But hey, this was just getting the lay of the land type of stuff. 


So after goofing around a little bit, I got out a little mini canvas from Simply Art. 


I put my color down, pressed down my canvas.....and horror of horrors....it took off some of my canvas! And somehow I got a blue dot of something on it! 


But hey - this is art, am I right? So when life gives you oopsies, you make untamed creativity. 


Just add some words, some stenciling, a little wax around the edges to frame it & you've got a masterpiece that you can tell everyone you methodically & painstakingly created by the sweat of your brow. 😎


I hope you can see the shimmer. And yes - I kept the blue dot. Why? Because everyone is going to ask 'What is that blue dot for?' That's art, my friends - no other explanations needed. 



I hope you've enjoyed my maiden voyage into the world of PB & Gelli. I have lots of ideas & lots of trial & error to get through. But all in all, I think it's a cool addition to my art arsenal! 





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