Thursday, 23 March 2017

I'm supposed to be...

...working, right?  But I get into the studio, and can't help following all those questions I have about whether this technique would work with that material.

As addicted to Gelli printing as I am, I was watching a video about faux marbling by Birgit Koopsen who achieved a fabulous effect using frayed hemp.  Now John may have hemp rope in the garage, but in the current state of flooding, that building was temporarily off limits, so I pulled out some cobweb to try instead.

While the first two prints look a little gloppy,



I finally remembered to pull the cobweb material much finer, and this first print, with four layers of paint, looks pretty delicious.


The ghost print from the same series, is yummy too,


and the haunt print has picked up some lovely undertones of blue from the first couple of prints.  I LOVE it when that happens!


Naturally, I'll save the painted cobweb for something interesting too - maybe a journal page, or added to the crazy bathroom curtains I have on the go, or what if I saved it for the original intention, and created a really unique Halloween display?


Stay tuned - you know it's going to go SOMEWHERE!  Where are you going with your artwork? What's got your creative juices flowing?  Do post a link in your comments so we can check it out!

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  1. Oh Win I'll have to try that! Love the prints it made. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I hope you do try it, Karenliz - I'm loving the results and can see another Gelli printing session coming on!!

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  2. I too was intrigued by Brigits video. Your prints turned out great, and it just gets your imagination going, thinking about what other things you could add to the plate!

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    1. I agree, Robin...all the things to try! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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  3. Wow!!! Thank you for some more wonderful ideas!!! These are fantastic!!! I am just getting started with mixed media and art journaling...but I love it already!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog Win! I am so happy that you did!!!

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    1. Most welcome, Jan, and thanks for stopping by to comment. I know you're going to love the world of mixed media!

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  4. Very interesting Win. I admit to liking the first two best but that may be because they are blueish not yellowish. Lots of fun!

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    1. I love that blue as well - such a great colour combo! I can see I'll be trying a ton more, Val!

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  5. Love what you share Win for your generosity, creativity andhow I recognize these urges in me...cobwebs...fabulous.

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it - and for stopping by to comment. It's lovely to see you here!

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  6. I like all of these! What a fantastic inspiration Win Dinn!
    Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Many thanks, Susi - I so love testing the possibilities, and sharing even better. What could be more fun (even finishing a piece doesn't come close. :D )

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  7. What?? Cobweb? Ohhhh if I could have just a fraction of the creative side of your brain Win... or maybe I need a fraction of your entire brain - ehehehehhe!!!! I am just chuckling as I look at these incredible prints done with cobweb. You know I love the orange but this time I have to say that the blue is pretty spectacular!! Your prints are wonderful. YES - it will be fun to see where you go next with this!! I'm in the middle of two paintings Santa Claus and Bluebonnets!! HUGS, j.

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    1. I know there are going to be many more of these prints, Joi, and you're welcome to every part of my brain you can find on these pages. It's just SO much fun to play, right? I'm looking forward to see those paintings, too!

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    1. Thanks, Roz...I'm just frightened I won't be able to stop! :D

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  9. Hi Win, I've loving all of this and I'm tempted to get my Gelli plate out.... now where's my list of stuff to try! I will get there sooner or later! just so many things to do. Have a great play, Angela xXx

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    1. I have to admit that my Gelli addiction pulls that plate out rather too often. It's a good thing that I teach enough collage to utilize them, right? Oh, and the journals, and cards, and wrapping, and, and, and...

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  10. What a creative idea, Win! I haven't used my Gelli in a while, but I may just have to try this technique sometime. Blessings!

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    1. I look forward to hearing about your results, Arnoldo!

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  11. Play *is* work, right? :)
    I saw that video, too, Win. Looks like you nailed it! I especially love the ghost print.
    I tried with some ordinary cotton string - what was on hand - with varied success.

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    1. Yes, indeed it is, Tracy - hard to differentiate between the two in the studio! I've tried the string too, and enjoyed that look as well.

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  12. Very cool, Win! I have to tell you, I really like the first pulls you did as well!

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    1. I think it's all about the colour, Kimberley...I definitely like the colour in the first ones!

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  13. Oh Win! I do so love your experiments! I lol with that ghostly curtain thought! heehee
    Very cool results with that material- might have to give it a go!
    Are you still flooding there?? I am so sorry bout that- it sucks as water damages so much and makes things unrestorable :(
    Wishing you (and us) nice spring weather soon!
    sending love and wishes for sunshine and warmth!xx

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    1. I think you'll enjoy the results if you try the cobwebs, Jackie, and with your wonderful Halloween pieces, there must be somewhere it would be very apropo!

      We're not flooding right now, but the deep spring melts have not yet started from the mountains, so there is a risk of more to come. The recent one was from the on-the-valley-floor-snow-melt, and was crazy bad. We had no losses, thank goodness, but the couple next door could have swum in their basement.

      Thanks for all the spring sunshine wishes; I'm sending them right back to you, in loamy spades! :D xoxo

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  14. Oh this technique is simply fabulous. It appears that using cobwebbing, as opposed to hemp, makes the marbling finer, as you learned, by pulling the cobwebbing fibres much more thinly.
    I will need to try it - maybe when you're here? I don't know if I had any cobwebbing. If I do, it's a go. If I don't, it means I ought not - at this time!
    Just one more week!

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    1. The thing I like about cobwebbing on the Gelli plate is that no pins are required, either. You're right about pulling the cobweb thinner as well, and using the Golden open means the drying time is less problematical. There are all sorts of possibilities when one considers I've not tried sprays, etc. either - yet!

      And yes, we may get to it - or not - this time, but you gotta know a Gelli printing session is in our future! xoxox

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    2. Oh yes a Gelli printing session is in my future. I do love using the papers in card making.
      I don't have any open acrylics - gasp - but it think I have some product to add to regular acrylics to slow the drying time.

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    3. Chomping at the bit for one of these sessions, open acrylic or not...we'll do just ASAP!! xo

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  15. These are just delightful Win! I love the color blends and texture you've achieved in these.

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    1. I think this technique has a TON of possibilities, Laura, and plan on doing some more play - oops, I mean testing! :D

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  16. Wonderful results, Win! I saw that video too and was thinking what could I use instead of hemp? For a moment I though you used real cobweb LOL!

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    1. Oh, Zsuzsa - I'm so spider-adverse that the thought of using real cobweb had my skin crawling! Thank goodness the Halloween season comes around every year so I can get some more of the stuff!

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  17. From my angle all five of these are yummy backgrounds (nothing better then a yummy background) they get my creative juices flowing.

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    1. Agreed, Deann - I just love any background that makes my mouth water, and these do. I think they'll make wonderful additions to cards for a start!

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