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Guest Post: Stenciled Ghost Prints with Win

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How fun to be on a different blog today - thanks for inviting me, Julie!  It's another great place to publicly acknowledge my obsession.

My name is Win, and I'm a Gelli plate addict.  Stencils, too and just about any kind of mixed media art-making.  I love the combination of Gelli and stencils;  it's rather like dark and chocolate - very hard to separate.

I start many of my Gelli sessions with a textured background of Hansa yellow light for an underlying sunny look, and the subtle, unidentifiable 'something' it does to a piece.  On these, I've used a handmade texture plate.

Doing two or more backgrounds at a time on 8 x 10" sheets of digital cover paper, I lay down the Golden Open Hansa Yellow Light, spread it with a brayer, and then press the texture plate  into it.  

I do this to each sheet of paper, so that when the prints are pulled they looks like this first print...

...and ghost print.  

Here comes the fun part:

I add a layer of Golden Open Green Gold to the plate, spread it with a brayer, and placed Julie's 12 x 12 Tiny Circles over top horizontally.  Here comes the first print (print #1):

Pulling off the stencil (I usually wash mine, but Julie's A Dirty Girl), I pull another (ghost) print  (print #2). 

They look so different, don't they?

The next layer is Golden Open Manganese Blue Hue, spread on the Gelli plate with the brayer, and Tiny Circles over top, this time vertically.  Using print # 1 over top of the stencil, I pull the print.

Pulling off the stencil, I place print #2 back on, and pull it as well.

The final Gelli print layer on these prints is Golden Open Phthalo Blue (green shade), in the same manner, but this time using Julie's 12 x 12 Silhouette Script (by Crafter's Workshop again).  Note:  If you want the script readable in your print, you must place the stencil down 'backwards'.  Using print # 1 again I pull the final print with the paper on top of the stencil.

The ghost print looks like this now.

Since the stencils are still damp with the open acrylics, I lay them back on the Gelli plate, brayer them and pull more prints.  I call these haunts, because some of them are not quite there (kind of like yours truly).


A video of the process can be found here:

Note that the alignment of the planets that produced a clean brayer, relatively clean Gelli plate and background butcher paper is unlikely to happen in my studio again until 2027.  Consider yourself blessed.

Since I tend to work in series, I pulled somewhere in the neighbourhood of 25 prints with which to play.  Here are a few of the embellished results: 


Stamp Source: Art Foamies

My stats would love it if you popped over to my blog to check out some of the other heads.  Did I say addicted?  Did I say obsessed?


CloseupWin Dinn, Artist

Born and raised in Alberta and a Creston, BC resident since 2006, Win's life has been one of creative expression through painting, music, poetry and writing.

Now a full-time artist, playshop facilitator and visual arts volunteer, she spends a crazy amount of time experimenting with new ways of combining mediums.  The happy results are a range of play-focused workshops that infect participants with the creativity virus through mixed media expression.

Win's favourite expression is “Test the 'what if's'.”,and her stash of unusual hoarded items contains everything from dried coffee grounds and metal shavings to saffron threads and vintage magazines. 

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