Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Paper World

I've been making collage papers this week, working with Jane Davies' Scribble Collage DVD at home.  The first part of the DVD is all about printing and painting paper and the last part is about how to construct a collage painting the way Jane does it.  I'm especially jazzed about the second part because I'm in awe of her work.  If you read her blog, she has tutorials there as well as brief weekly videos showing her process.  I can't say enough good things about Jane or her work.  (She also unknowingly got me into Postcrossing and the Letter Writers Alliance, which got me into Mail Art.)

In addition to using drawing paper to print/paint on, I'm also using deli paper for the first time.  I love this stuff -- it's translucent, stronger than tissue paper, and holds paint really well.

Later this month I'll be taking Carla Sonheim's Gelli Printing online class.  Carla's work with the Gelli plate is really different from anything else out there.  I'm looking forward to doing more and new things with the plate.

For those of you who are interested, Gelli Arts' LARGE 12x14 inch plate is now available through the usual outlets...or will be soon.  I bought mine last week from Blue Moon Scrapbooking, which offers free shipping on orders over $50 -- meaning the Gelli Plate had free shipping, a savings of nearly $25 over buying it directly from Gelli Arts.  Thank you, Dotti, for the referral.

This Saturday, NorBAG member and book-artist-extraordinaire Ellen Golla will be teaching a workshop on paste paper painting.  I've only paste painted paper once before, on my own, so I'm excited to be taking Ellen's class.  Her paste papers are the best I've seen.


Quilt or Dye said...

I want your life! LOL I have just gotten Jane's DVD and will be playing this weekend! My calendar is too full to take all the classes you mentioned but I WANT TO!! Have fun and learn lots.

Irene said...

Oh, what exciting things you do. And your collage is so lovely. You are like a cornucopia of art knowledge.

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

Aww... Thanks, Connie. You're so kind. I'm blushing. What fine company to be mentioned in. I have Jane's books and do enjoy them, although I haven't seen the video. I think you'll find that there's going to be a little bit of overlap with the stuff you're doing with her video and with the paste painting (judging by the promo clip on her site), especially in terms of playing around with texturing tools. I do hope you like the workshop. I've been busy putting together the kits, which are going to be a tad eccentric. Essentially, whatever odd thing I've run across that might make some interesting marks! The latest find were some little shrimp forks (yes--eccentric--you've been warned!).

Dotti said...

I'm also taking Carla's class. You are also doing a lot of things differently with your own Gelli printing...have you considered creating an on-line class?

Melanie Reed said...

Just want to echo the admiration for Jane Davies. I am taking a couple of her composition classes and they are wonderful on so many levels. There is a huge range in the class from beginners to working artists. Wonderful content - including videos. And the very best thing is the Jane gives very supportive but useful feedback on all pieces which are posted as part of the class. I recommend her classes without reservation.

I also might take Carla's class - so thanks for mentioning it. I love her work with the gelli plate.