So I thought I’d paint a mixed media picture for my son, and I thought I’d get some input….after all it will hang in his room and I hope he’ll like it.  Turns out he’s got very specific ideas at the age of 3 and 1/2. So far he’s liked pretty much everything I’ve done, he’s just made suggestions on thing to add in…like his fire engine.


And so I’ve come up with this but….guess what ? He doesn’t like the owl!  Now it’s not finished yet…but he’s adamant that there is to be no owl. It’s too scary.

So I’m thinking of chopping it square and keeping it focused on the boy (my son) in the tent.


Minus the owl’s tail of course.


So I keep looking for mixed media artist, and their blogs. I found this one, Kelly Kilmer, which Intrigues me as I like the sound of visual poetry. She has some published books and classes. This is a link to her new work for preorder on her blog.

image  And this is the beginning of something new for me.

image And I am so proud of my 3year olds effort. He said it was “the storm”.


I like this this quick sketch I did this morning of our little star man in the shower.  I find that if I can grab 10 mins to draw something I’m much happier for the next couple of hours.  And I figure that even with 10 mins a day I should learn something and improve.

Years ago I did a paper cut. I blogged about it here .  I had no idea what to do with it really.  It seemed like too much work to turn it into a card that someone would throw away. But it wasn’t nearly good enough to frame or anything like that. So it languished in s drawer. Until now!   Enter the Gelli plate!   The paper cut, when backed with cardboard, sealed with acryllics medium and cut out along the outline, works like a mask and a stamp.  I love it!

Here’s the result:


This is the mask/ stamp of the paper it after use….

image This is the Gelli print using the paper cut  as a mask mask.

image This is the ghost print of the mask, revealing the lines of the original paper cut.  I love this the most.

I do wish I had taken a photo of the original print before I had a second attempt with my Magic stamp – the tea and bean one that I was so hopeful about.  But I didn’t so I just have the end result.  I like it and I think you can see the little “pebble-like” print left by the beans.  I looked at the shape left after printing and it looked like a weird embryonic creature to me.  I think he’s kind of cute…if a little wicked.  I drew in the shape, over the paint with the inktense blocks again, and also with a bit of pastel pencil.


I gave myself a post-Christmas pressy a little while ago and bought some Magic Foam Stamps.  I’ve been meaning to use them with my Gelli Plates but I haven’t had the time to actually imprint them yet. Well tonight Little Man went to sleep early so I stood over the hotplate, (because I don’t have a heat gun but tonight I had time, sweet time, so a hotplate had to do), and heated and pressed and heated and pressed until I was happy with the imprint.  I did ruin one stamp. I think it will print ok and probably with an interesting background texture but I should probably not heat it again.

Here they are:


These three are made with string.


The left is made with a weird frypan like thing for the BBQ with holes in it. The right is made with a plastic rack for a microwave container.


This one is a favourite. I hope it prints well. It was made with dried beans and tea leaves.


And this one was made with string and is the one I ruined. See the dark blue? That would be an overheated and now permanently textured surface.


I used my Inktense blocks to colour the background for this little piece.  I purchased the inktense blocks with embroidery in mind, though it’s my visual art that I seem to be using them in.  I like the vibrancy of this little square and the background colour enhances it, I feel.

The big problem with doing embroidery these days is time. This tiny square – about 3 x 3cm – took months to complete!  Just because I only get a couple of stitches done before my little man needs me, or wakes, or starts to become too interested in the embroidery himself and wants to help.

Now to turn it into a brooch or pendant. How long will that take, I wonder?


So, I managed to connect up the bottom right wings so they were less like a mossy rock thrown through the window.  But it still lacked the vibrancy I was hoping for and  the attention was still in the bottom right being of quite a different texture to the rest of the painting due to the wash. So….


I added some richer colours. Some washes. Some metallic even!  And I added some finer lines to my “mistake” to lighten it…..and  now I really like it again!

I’ve become a bit entranced with stained glass windows. I guess I’ve always loved them but I’ve never tried to draw or paint them.  This mixed media take on it is hardly realistic, but I think it captures the essence of what I feel when I come into contact with some beautiful church windows, or old fashioned stained glass.


This is the mono print using acrylic paint and the gelli plate.


This this is the same print with some detail added using inktense blocks, used like water colours with a brush.


A bit more work with some washes….and I think I’ve ruined it with the too-heavy wings in the bottom right. Stay tuned….(which is really a message to myself to keep working)

I received, or rather bought for myself, a Gelli plate for Christmas. It’s so much fun. I loved the result with ordinary craft paints so much that I went out and bought some professional acrylic paints.  I haven’t used acrylics since high school and remember really hating them. Ever since  I have usually used watercolours or pastels.  But I love the way the acryllics mix on the Gelli plate.

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(Please excuse the shaddows on the photo…we have overhead lighting and the only time I got to photograph these was at night)

I’ve discovered that, particularly on ghost prints where there is more white paper left, I can add details with water colour, water colour pens and inktense blocks, afterwards.


So so now I need to buy some more paints!