Thursday, 11 February 2016

It's playtime...

...in the studio again, as I experiment with Gelli plates, hand-cut stencils, and subdued colour.  Yup - you heard me right.  I did say subdued.  It's OK, though - we've checked and the world is not coming to an end.  It's just that I'm working towards a couple of projects, both of which will require me to tone down my usual riotous colour to a dull roar.

I've been printing with soft, thin layers on the Gelli plate.  I love the way my hand-burnt stencils give such a textured look to the prints.


I've added layer upon layer of muted colour,


with additions of tiny amounts of metallic paints,


until I have a raft of them.  As always, I'll never know whether what I see in my mind will work in reality.

The stencils are a delight to play with, whether underlying the heavier commercial stencils or used on their own.


In fact, if you're in our neighbourhood, you can learn how to make your own this next week.  My stencil class, (called Burn, Baby, Burn) is happening on Thursday morning, February 18 from 9 am to noon. You'll learn how to burn your own stencils and even how to design them in this playshop.  It's at Puffin Design, and pre-registration is a requirement.  For more information about this and some other fabulous workshops, you can pop over here.  Please come and play - you KNOW it's going to be a blast!

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  1. Sometimes subdued colours are nice ! Great stencils by the way !
    Corrie x

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    1. They certainly can be, Corrie, although I know you use them as often as do I! :D Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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  2. It's not fair Win, I want to come to the workshop but it's just too far. So I can only hope you have a lovely time. I just love stencils and these look great. Happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Oh Angela - I do wish you were closer too - it would be a delight to play together! xo

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  3. Beautiful results, the stencils look great too. Groetjes Karin

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    1. Thanks, Karin, and thanks for stopping by to comment. Your posts are so often highlights in my reading/viewing!

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  4. Awesome prints, Win! Much as I like colour too, sometimes it's nice to take a step back for a change. Plus, our retinas need a rest too once in a while! All of them look fantastic, I honestly couldn't pick a favourite!

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    1. Thanks, Zsuzsa - it's a bit of a challenge to me to move into less contrast, but I'm always up for a challenge. I agree that it's a good thing to step back occasionally too!

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  5. lots of interesting pieces for you to play with. I will have to try for the next stencil workshop as I am busy next Thursday - enjoy!

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    1. Sorry you can't join us this time, Val, but I'm sure there will be another chance.

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  6. What BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL prints Win. They are so muted and elegantly intriguing. So different for you yes... but I am convinced there is just nothing you can't do when it comes to art.

    And your stencils are incredible. Hubby just said he wishes he lived close - he would be there for your class!!!!

    Can't wait to see the creation you make with your prints. j.

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    1. Thanks, Joi - I would just love it if you were closer - both you and your hubby could come and play. As always, thanks for stopping by to read and comment! xo

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  7. I too am a fan of huge amounts of bright colors ... But these turned out so gorgeous! Soft and soothing . Great stencils too. I wish I could come to your workshop!

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    1. I wish you could too, Shel - you're just going to have to plan a Canadian roadtrip so we can play together! :D

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  8. Beautiful pulls Win!
    The first one looks Deco-ish to me, like a William Morris paper- beautiful my friend! xo

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    1. Thanks, Jackie - I'm so in love with Gelli prints that I can't use them fast enough, no matter the colour. xo

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  9. I have a love/hate relationship with my stencils, Win! But, you have inspired me to go back in and play some more! I love the results you are getting!

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    1. Oh, please do, Kay - I have so much fun with mine, and making one's own is even better! xo

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  10. Love them all Win, especially the floral. Best of luck with your workshop.

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    1. Thanks on both counts, Laura, and the workshop will no doubt be great fun!

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  11. How did I miss this post?
    I love the muted tones (and texture) on these print especially theorist and second ones. Lovely. Need a gelli print session with you again!

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    1. Oh, yes! We'll have to play like crazy when next we have the chance. I've been in the studio today, playing with Gelli prints, and I suspect you're going to love what I've tried (think cobwebs, my friend, cobwebs!!!). xo

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    2. Ooooh, you'd better be bringing show and tell when you come in 14 days!

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