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sketching in the kitchenSitting in the kitchen, bored watching food cooking that couldn’t be unattended and all I really wanted to do was draw.  I had my little 2.5 x 3.5 art journal handy and some markers so why not do some sketching in the kitchen!  I couldn’t go into the studio, so I went with that.  In my art journal, I did a whole bunch of monoprinting yesterday, so the pages are all full of colour.  I eyed my stainless steel toaster and sketched it so quickly to get the sketchy lines, bold shapes and didn’t worry about perspective.  Then I eyed my teal summer glass on the counter, filled with water, but the way the light hit the class, it reflected some really cool shapes, so I quickly sketched that using a bold green marker.  In total, I think the sketches took about a minute.  I think I’ll continue doing this while cooking meals!

How to Create a Gelatin Monoprint using a Die Cut

Gelatin MonoprintI absolutely love gelatin monoprinting.  I have a Gelli plate, but decided to try making one using Glycerin, Knox Gelatin, sugar and water.  First off, I’ll never use sugar again, it made the plate very sticky.  Will try a different recipe next time.

For this gelatin monoprint, I did a soft mottled background direct on the gelatin plate using a few dots of DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics using Dioxazine Purple and rolled it our very roughly then sprinkled some water on the gelatin plate.  Then placed a die cut on the gelatin plate and carefully pressed my book paper.

Where I sprinkled the water, the paint was much more transparent and mottled.  This is a really easy technique to create interesting and unique backgrounds for journal pages, altered books, junk journals or as a base for any type of art piece.

Love the look!.  The print took about 4 minutes to dry.

Learn then CreateLearn then Create

In session 34 of the DOUG 2014 series (which is the last lesson in the 2014 series), we learn how to create a vintage look with many stenciled layers.

Supply list and photo of the painting are included with the video.

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Note:  this is the last video in the Doug 2014 series.

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