mixed media

Wanderlust: ravens

Series: Wanderlust 2021 #17

I know that different mediums can be used on a gelli plate but I’ve always kept it simple with just acrylic paints. This was the first time I’ve used alcohol ink. The instructions said to use a light colour acrylic paint base layer on the plate — I think mine wasn’t light enough or maybe I made the layer too thick, either way the alcohol ink colours ended up a little more muted than I would have liked. Surprisingly though, brayering alcohol inks over the paint on the gelli plate worked remarkably well. Using the alcohol inks with a stencil gives very unpredictable results, but does add a nice bit of texture.

The ravens are from a Tim Holtz set and were initially stamped in black ink. But black ink rarely gives a solid dark colour on top of acrylic paint so I painted over them to get a nice deep black.

The lesson called for making a black frame for the page; normally I would cut one out by hand but I wasn’t in the mood for precision knife work so I powered up my Cricut Maker instead. After all the problems I had with my old Brother Scan’n’Cut, I had been wary of using the Cricut, expecting failed cuts, but it worked perfectly first time.

The tree frame was created from scratch in Cricut Design Space, then I cut it from lightweight card and glued it on the page. I finished the page off with a few bits of white pen.

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