Printed Patchwork

Last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt was to create a mosaic or patchwork design.  I have had it in the back of my mind that I need to be making more frequent and better use of my small gelli plate press and I thought this prompt would be a great opportunity to use it.

I painted my art journal page black in the hopes that it would make subsequent layers of colour pop. I then used the small rectangular gelli plate to place oblongs of colour around the page, allow some to overlap.  For the first layer, I used just whole blocks of colour.  For the next layer of printing, however, I used stencils to create visual texture.  Finally, I used ghost prints of leaf shaped masks hoping they would give the piece some focus, some place for the eyes to rest.

34a Patchwork - Gelli Prints

Once all the printing was dry, I picked up some black and white paint pens and outlined the leaf shapes and some marks reminiscent of stitching in order to create more of a patchwork feel to the page.  The outcome is not great but I enjoyed the process and will definitely try to pick up that small gelli plate for often to create layered backgrounds in mixed media pieces.

34b Patchwork - Gelli Prints

9 thoughts on “Printed Patchwork

  1. This turned out really well. The black background was an excellent choice and your layering is spot on. I like how you worked in sections – how large is your gelli plate?

    • Thank you. I preferred the print before I added the doodles I think but the doodles helped it conform to the brief of the prompt and I have had practice in layering prints using that small plate now so it wasn’t a waste of time.

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