In order to catch up with the Documented Life Project challenges, I decided to combine two together. The challenges involved using a hand carved stamp and using masks. I used the gelli plate to construct a background in my journal page. I cut some chunky, wiggly lines from cardboard and used those as masks on the gelli plate to print on to a page collaged with text pages. By moving them around on the gelli plate with each change of colour, I achieved some nice layering. That gave me some water. Next I needed the fish. I had some scraps of lino so I used those to carve two fish stamps. Using block printing ink and a baren, I printed one fish – different from the rest – swimming in a different direction from the rest of the shoal. I was thinking about the need for each person to find their own way in life, the importance of not just following the herd (or shoal) but making informed and active decisions instead, of celebrating non-conformity, of how life is richer because of diversity and difference. Maybe I should have added a quotation to make the message explicit but I like to think the image, for all its simplicity, conveys the ideas well enough.
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I agree with your thoughts on not adding a quote. The art says it all, especially the smile on your individualists.
Thank you! I like it better as a pattern. Adding text would throw it off I think. I’m glad you agree. Thanks for commenting.
Great concept of combining both weeks and coming up with the perfect image to convey your idea. Variety is always a wonderful thing.
I can imagine this as a beautiful length of fabric Laura–the repeat is lovely and makes one think of the tropics:-)
Thank you, Hannah. Someone else suggested it would make a great fabric print too. Maybe that’s a new skill set I should investigate.
Another vote for fabric here! I love it, those blues sent me straight to the beach in my mind!! …. Also reminded me of my neglected gelly plate- now I want to print!! TFS X
Thank you. And I’m glad I’ve inspired you to get the gelli plate back out. I don’t get mine out often but when I do I find it addictive and produce loads of prints all at once.
Lol I think that’s just what made me put mine away for a while! I was almost knee deep in prints and had no idea what to do with them .Luckily a friend was asking for colored papers to make paper flowers for her community group so I happily offloaded/donated/ a stack. Clearing space to make more now…!
I mainly use it to create collage papers which I then organize by colour into a filing box. I let my kids use them too so that helps keep the stocks down.