Gel Printing Fundamentals!

 - I'm experimenting under the guidance of Carolyn Dube :)

- I'm experimenting under the guidance of Carolyn Dube :)

Gosh, where has the time gone? I must really be a creature of habit - are you?? 

It has been a good 5 weeks since I've posted here, wow. I just went & looked back and noted that I started posting on my blog again in October 2017, after a good absence. Once I started again, I  blogged on a fairly regular basis through early February 2018 - five months of committing to doing it & following through! Ah, the best laid plans . . . are made to be broken when needed!! I got busy taking 2 workshops with local artist & instructor Bill Buchman. Each workshop was 2-3 days long . . . tiring but also very good! More importantly, my family came to visit in the middle of February. My oldest, Decklin was here for 4 days at the same time my youngest (33!!) Dallas & his wife Liz plus our beautiful, expressive 15 month old granddaughter, Eleanor (squish!) were here visiting for a whole week!!! My sister Kathy and her husband were staying with my mom at the same time . . . his sister & his mom were visiting too! So it was a busy, lovely time. For me, even if for a good reason, when I get out of a habit . . . well, i get OUT OF THE HABIT! :o) I hope to be back on track now because I enjoy writing & sharing via this space. 

This week (3/5/18) I started taking Gel Printing Fundamentals with Carolyn Dube. I have had various tutorials and quick videos about gelli plate printing in the past, so it's not like I did not know how to use the plate at all. But I wanted more in-depth teaching and inspiration, so I signed up for Carolyn's class. There are tons of ideas and information to be had; 5 lessons a week, with more that one video so far (not too long) for each lesson. The class is 3 weeks long. This class session is now closed, but Carolyn encourages signing up for her newsletter so you will be notified of another run of the class! I would like to share a few photos of the work I did in the first 2 lessons below. 

 I was happy to create all these prints!

I was happy to create all these prints!

I've still got 3 more lessons to do for this week. Thank goodness there are none sent out on the weekend! 

I really like the ideas and instruction that Carolyn has given me already. Because she encouraged us to try different types of paint, I decided to try hi-flow acrylics, something I've never done with the gel plate before. The results were really interesting and I loved it! It seemed to helped the paint from earlier pulls to release from the plate & print -Love it! Previously, I had been very quick to clean my gel plate off. Instead, I learned how extra paint could really add texture & interest to the prints, yes! I look forward to diving into the rest of the lessons and will share here as I can. Thanks so much for stopping by! ❤Lenna

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