Tuesday 8 October 2013

Art Journal Journey and October Gelli Print Party

I have to admit that I have bought a gelli-plate. Yes, I made one for myself quite a few months ago and loved it. Unfortunately, it started to go mouldy. I don't know why. It had been going along just fine. Maybe it was the old book I printed into. Perhaps it had some mildew, I don't know. Anyway, I revisited the idea of buying one. Last time I looked they were horrendously priced here in Australia. But I managed to find an 8 x 10in one for $40 inc p&p at Blue Bazaar. Bargain!

So here is my page for the October Gelli-Print Party using one of my hand-cut stencils. I loved it so much I just added a phrase and deemed it finished :) 

It's October and my northern hemisphere brain thinks the trees should be turning red and yellow and dropping their leaves. They're not as it's spring. Not that you get the whole 'springing into life' thing either. I feel a little cheated as there only seem to be two seasons here - the hot dry one and the cool wet one. 

And over at Art Journal Journey the theme for this month is SHE-art. This page came about after I did an exercise from Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim. It involves making faces with ink in a dropper. You lose some of the control and the lines end up blobby, but that's part of the fun. I did a few on index cards and this was the one I liked best, even though it was only partial. 

I'm sure there are lots of us who wish our bodies were still only 25. But I actually like the wisdom of age. So, yes, there are more wrinkles and more white hairs in the mirror now, but inside I feel more comfortable with who I am, more sure of myself, more confident. I also have the reassurance that I am loved, no matter what the outside looks like, because the inside is what is important.


  1. Terrific work on the gelli plate--great colours.

    Your She page is wonderful -must say I love the text lol

    Chrissie xx

  2. I love your work and the writing!!!!

  3. Great pages,love the one with the watereffect,the sentiment is geogrus too.

    XXX Jeannette

  4. I love your gelli party page and I adore your she art page Tracy...
    for me it's the same.. I am happy with my age ..get 50 but feel better at all as if I was 25.

  5. I can see exactly why you didn't add any more to your leaves artwork, it is perfect as it is. I don't have a gelli plate - yet - but I'm very impressed.

  6. Love your gelli plate prints - and the sentiments in your post! Age is definitely not the monster it's made out to be. I love being the age I am - apart from the achey joints in damp weather! Thanks for sharing - Shroo:)

  7. Wonderful prints and she-art, Tracy!

  8. I love everything about this page. I love partial faces I do a lot of that in my work. You do get the feel that she's looking in the mirror saying just that! I love being 50, my body doesn't :)

  9. Your gelli prints and she art are fabulous Tracy!
    I am still using a homemade gelatin plate that I made over a year ago.
    I have a special pot that I reheat/melt the plate in about every 5-6 weeks.
    It's like new and gets a little tougher each time.
    I actually bought myself a 'real' gelli plate a couple of years ago and we packed it up for home remodeling and I have never been able to find it :(

  10. Gorgeous leaves, love the colours and your she art is beautiful too!

  11. Your gel prints are beautiful! I love your colors and leaf shapes. I've only used the gelli plate and have never tried to make my own gelatin plate. It seems like the gelatin prints show detail beautifully, but I love the ease of the gel plate!

  12. Loved the quote on She art page.! both pages are artistic! loved lilac

  13. You're so right, never mind the wrinkles, they are from laughing, loving and being loved. I don't mind being 48 now...but I do paint my hair =)
    Love your pages The leaves are wonderful.
    xx Monique

  14. Love your gelli print. I too feel much younger than my years!

  15. This is so elegant- love the addition of your pen work around the leaves! So glad you shared this with the party!


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