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The Pressing keeps on going!

This month has been fabulous!

GelPress makes everyone an artist and is so very addicting!   I am fortunate to have friends with all levels of art experience and skills.   We did a get together with our Gel Presses and played for hours.  I want to share some of the prints that were made by people who never monoprinted before! (and truth be told, maybe are OCD and clean freaks).  I knew ahead of time they might either fall in love or run away!  Well, you be the judge...


Sandy created this masterpiece from a discarded black and white print of a woman.  She used a leaf mask (which I thought looked like seaweed) and placed a minimal amount of paint with a lot of water sprayed on the plate before pulling a print.   It looks ethereal to me.  Maybe she's a mermaid under the sea.

On a truly different approach, Ingrid used bold colors with cheesecloth to create a background.  She then added The Crafters Workshop Frida Stencil using a dauber and dark brown paint.  She then came back with the TCW "Mini Art Is" stencil and daubed paint for a commentary about Frida.

A stained t-shirt became a work of art.  I loaded my plate with brayered paints, place some paper masks on top of the paint, placed a piece of cardboard inside the shirt and voila!

The most important thing about Gel Press and creating monoprints is to JUST DO IT! The results are always amazing and it's so inexpensive.  You can use heavy body acrylics or 50 cent sale paints, play with textures like punchinella, masks, leaves, burlap, string, hair combs, kitchen utensils and of course Stencils!  Thanks for stopping by today...Keep Calm and Gel On

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