Young Artist

I have spent some special days with my grandson. Our days were filled with scavenger hunts, play time, conversation, and creating.  My grandson loves to create things using wood, cardboard, twigs… anything in his environment that catches his interest.

Today, we took a neighborhood walk with my iPad. He took pictures of things he thought his dad would like. Then, I showed him how to use Movie Maker. He made the movie with very little help from me.
He was very proud of his work. And I am super proud of him.

One of the activities I had planned for him was printing with the Gelli- art plates. I had become frustrated with my own attempt to use Gelli-art plates. I didn’t know if my 4 year old grandson would like to print, but I decided to give it a go. I am SO glad I did. I learned so much from watching him. He enjoyed the process of adding texture with different items. I realized that I was doing too much second guessing and hesitating when I was printing. My grandson just did it, and had fun! I will follow his lead and do some printing of my own.😊

I made this video of the young artist at work.

It was hard to say goodbye today.
I will see him soon, when we gather to celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday.

 

What a Thursday!

Whew! Emotional morning.
It has been four years since I retired.
My last class of first graders that I taught in 2014, are headed to middle school.
This morning, I attended the celebration for these precious fifth graders.
It was great seeing the children and their parents.
Lots of hugs and smiles.

The ceremony was student-led. It was impressive to see  how the students presented themselves.
They were articulate and inspirational. This group of students has always been creative, energetic, and outspoken. I am so very proud of them. I definitely know there are big things ahead for them.

As I left the school parking lot, I was blubbering like a baby.
My husband said it has taken me four years to fully retire.
I agree. There is finally closure.

When I arrived home, I found this package from my sister, Emma.
She is the artist and illustrator in the family. Emma introduced me to Gelli-printing, and to the artist, Mark Hearld. Emma shared some of her work with me.

Gelli-printing

Gelli-printing and Collage

Cut Paper

It has been quite an exciting and emotional Thursday!

Good Fun That is Messy

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny,but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

It’s been raining all day, so I decided to pull out the Gelli-Art Plates and have fun. Well, this project turned into ONE BIG MESS!
I have viewed so many tutorials, where using these plates seems so easy.
Many of the tutorials say to play and just have fun.
My goal today was to try different fabrics and papers to see what I liked best.
One of my problems with printing, is…I do not know when to stop. I keep adding paint until something that started out with potential, ends up looking murky.
I was trying out different home items as tools for printing. I found some I like, and some that I can do without.
In the middle of all this mess, I went to wash my hands and discovered that the water had been turned off. I went outside to find a city crew, working in the rain, trying to fix a pipe problem.

So, I will have green hands until about three o’clock today. 


Paper, Muslin, Dish Cloth, Interfacing
A positive spin on this mess:
I am learning what works and what doesn’t.
I am having fun a “good day that is funny” and MESSY.

I could start a Pinterest Fail page with this piece.
This murky piece started out pretty and ended up like cream pea soup.
There is supposed to be a ghost imprint of a tree.
When this dries, I might try some thread sketching to see if I can salvage this practice piece.


This fabric piece came out sort of okay. I might try to applique or thread sketch on this one also.
That is supposed to be a bird in the middle.

I shared these pieces with my sister, Emma.  She was the one who got me interested in Gelli printing. She has made some fantastic art with her plates, and she has just started. Her advice was not to give up. Here I am, taking advice from my younger sister. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

I am done for the day, due to the no-water situation.
Back to viewing more tutorials.