Rusted Paper Card

August 29, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

In honor of my parents 55th Wedding Anniversary, I decided to make them a card that had an aged feel to it. I was happy with the way it turned out, so I am making a short video that I will use in a collaborative teaching project I am in the process of building with some very creative friends of mine. In the meantime, enjoy the card…

Rusted Embossed Paper Card

Rusted Embossed Paper Card

 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!!

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Gelli Arts Print Rescues a Sketch

August 24, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts, Photoshop Posts by Ursula Smith

For those who know me, you know that I have been trying to learn to draw, especially faces, for the past couple of years. It is my goal to be able to one day draw my Grandchildren, so I have some time to get better :-) . There have been a few times when I have drawn something that actually resembles someone –

AJ

 

That sketch took me probably an hour in total. Lately I have trying to do faster sketches in conjunction with some of the online Art classes I have been taking. I sketched this in about 5 minutes…

Fast sketch

Fast sketch

As you can tell, I am even worse at bodies than I am at faces, ;-) . I decided to try to do something with this girl though, and so I brought her into Photoshop along with this cool Gelli Arts print that I made. If anything can salvage a sketch, it’s a Gelli Arts print, right? :-)

Gelli Arts Leaf Over Print

Gelli Arts Leaf Over Print

I played around with some blend modes and such, and my sketch started looking even freakier still-

Gelli-Arts Photoshop Face

Gelli-Arts Photoshop Face

 

My husband was walking by the computer at the time, and I asked, “Can you look at this?”. He looked at the image, then he looked at me with this quizzical look. It was akin to when your Mother puts her hand on your forehead when you were a kid to check whether you were feeling ok :-) . So, clearly he was not a fan!  I was just about to give up, close the window and move on to something else for this week’s project when I stopped. The window was zoomed in and just one of the corners caught my eye. A crop and a cut and paste later, and here is the result..

Gelli Arts Leaf  Print

Gelli Arts Leaf Print

This one got a nod from my husband, and an almost audible sigh of relief that I wan’t going mad! So, remember even a crop of a Gelli Arts print can save the day!!

 

Gelli Arts Print- over printing black and white

August 10, 2014 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I finally had a little while to play today. I was trying out some ideas with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate and some of my new stencils, for a collaborative project that I will be part of this coming fall. At the end of the session I decided to play around with a wooden stamp I have and do a simple black and white Gelli Arts print. It had some cool texture and I planned on scanning it in…

Gelli Arts Print-Black White-1

Gelli Arts Print-Black White-1

I tried to do a second larger print, but I didn’t like the way it came out. So I went back to printing what I had been working on earlier. I reached for my white paper- gone!! So, I grabbed the white on black print that I didn’t like and over printed on that. I kind of liked the way it came out! So, as has happened before with the Gelli Arts plate- if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!!

Gelli Arts Print-Black & White Over Printed-2

Gelli Arts Print-Black & White Over Printed-2

Stay tuned for more information on the collaborative project!