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.
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.
The Art Journal Adventure prompt for last week was to use horizontal and vertical elements. Perhaps it was because I had recently been reading Dylan Thomas’ poem ‘Fern Hill’ to my 11 year old son but the idea of horizontal and vertical lines automatically made me think of fields in a verdant green landscape and a little house nestled beneath a hill. The idea seemed simple enough but it literally took me a full week to take the page from inception to completion. Each colour of acrylic in the patchwork landscape represents a quick burst of art action in my daily schedule. Worked on in such short bursts here and there throughout the week, it took an awfully long time for the page to fill with colour. Thankfully, once all the painting was done and dry, the finishing touches were completed quickly. That was just the case of doodling with paint pens while watching the news and drinking a cup of tea one morning. It was those little details that pulled the page together and made it a coherent, stitched together quilt of a landscape rather than a chaotic mish-mash.