I’ll have a mail art post up soon as I’ve been receiving some fabulous mail, but for now here are a few collage experiments.
Over the Easter long weekend I spent a great evening making art with a few friends. We each had our gelli plates out and were just mucking around (and, ahem, drinking wine). For inspiration we watched Dudley Redhead‘s (aka Tara Axford) great video on some techniques she explored after visiting a botanical gardens in the Netherlands. It’s really fabulous, but she moves quickly, so we had to watch it a few times.
If you haven’t played around with gelli plates and monoprints, I’d highly recommend that you give it a try. I was primarily doing it to make unique papers for collage, but there seems to be no end of techniques you can play around with. Here is what I came up with in a few hours:
(Sorry that the image is a bit fuzzy.) You can see the great variety of patterns and colours that get pulled off the plate. It’s always a bit of a surprise and you can’t have too many expectations or worry about things being too precious. My favourite paper is often the one that I use to clean the plate. It comes out with wonderful, complex layers of paint that would be impossible to re-create.
I made a few collages, none of which I’m over the moon about, but here goes. (The transparent pieces are the masks I used on the plates. I liked how they turned out, so used them in the collage. That’s how it goes—everything is fodder for a collage artist!)