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Mermaid Inspired

I'm teaching a Gelli Plate Printing class to a teen art camp here in Florida and I'm so excited about it!  Once they learn how to pull lots of prints, they will create a project to cover a 60 page kraft notebook 8-1/2 x 5-1/2.  It is a perfect little notebook size and I've already made two of them!  Here's my notebook inside cover that is the inspiration behind the E-News' main photo.

I used a favorite Stampendous Mermaid & Friends stamp set and colored the images with colored pencil (a medium I don't often use, but I'm so glad I did!).  I felt like I was coloring in a coloring book!  It was so relaxing.

No Such Thing as Failure

Remember last week when I declared I had an epic failure on my hands, but I would see if I could perform CPR on it?  Well, here are photos from start to a so-called finish.
As I look back on the first painting, I really liked the bold colors.  What I decided I couldn't live with was the even number of flowers!  Why on earth did I paint 6 flowers???  I know better!
Here's my first time ever using Gouache (Winsor & Newton Permanent White).  Well, it came out "permanent" grey and I was at a loss for words with an emphasis on "now what?"
The finished painting now has 7 flowers.  Yay!  I still like the rich jewel tones but feel it's a little "boxy" looking.  It's going back to NY for framing as the colors are more suitable for that geographic area I think.  I guess it's not an epic failure after all...

Gelli Plate Printing Fun

Did you know you can make your own gelli plate?  I have made 4 so far and they work great!  I'm  excited to show you some of my print pulls on 9x6 size plates.  YouTube video link HERE.  I ordered my supplies online and was in business the next day!
I've probably pulled 20 prints, which work beautifully with my love of backgrounds.  Here's the first notebook I covered.  I didn't realize the book was upside down (rookie mistake!), so the front cover is now the back cover!
My pencil colored mermaid is part of this one.
There are sooooo many ways to add layers!  The dragon flies are diecuts that were layed on the plate and then pulled off before pressing down the cardstock layer.
This is the back cover.  Binding is colored masking tape.

Favorite Coastal Watercolor

Now that I think of it, I believe I've painted this floral four times exclusively while in Florida!  It is a favorite technique (basically blob flowers) using coastal teals and greens.  This one is a gift.

Crafters Lunch Bunch

I run a monthly craft group here in my Florida community and we just held a fun mosaic terra cotta pot class.  I gave everyone a potted flower for Mother's Day and they were so proud of their decorated pots! I liked everyone's pots and this one is a favorite as she added the flower focal on the main pot area.  So clever!
Because I'm not here enough to have real plants, I opted for artificial succulents that I found at Michaels!  I can't wait to grout the tiles and paint the pot!

Have a pleasant week!


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