Mad Scientists: Gelatin Printing

Mad Scientists: Gelatin Printing

Gelatin printing is one of the many volunteer workshops I've done with middle schoolers at my daughters' school. These are in addition to the school art class and we call this free expression. So this post covers two workshops {one last year and another this past spring} with 7th/8th graders. 

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If You Can Make Jell-O You Can Make a Gelatin Printing Plate

If You Can Make Jell-O You Can Make a Gelatin Printing Plate

Like cut + paste therapy, gelatin printing is calming, energizing, and focuses my mind.  I use a handmade gelatin plate to build a treasure trove of hand-printed abstract papers to use in my collages and on my art journal pages. 2-3 times each year, I make a printing plate, make 50-ish prints, and time passes in a whiz-blur. Creative flow. Printing therapy.

 

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ICAD 2016: Prompts Week 8

ICAD 2016: Prompts Week 8

In the week ahead, I'll be sharing the work of a number of guest index card artists here at Daisy Yellow. I'll also be sharing some thoughts on celebrating your work. Yesterday, I shared 10 Thought about ICAD, about sticking with daily creative work after you wind down from a daily art challenge. I've not put together a post here about my recent cards, but I have been posting everything at instagram if you are curious

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10 Thoughts About ICAD

10 Thoughts About ICAD

An index card is a place to keep creative ideas, compositions, textures, secret messages, colors, palettes, quotations, plans, lists, patterns, riddles, codes, designs, doodles, marks & words. In other words, a container. Even if you are not feeling über-optimistic, I encourage you to keep working toward your 61-card goal. Even if it takes a few extra days, be patient with yourself. 

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Abstract Dots on Index Cards

Abstract Dots on Index Cards

What's an experiment, in terms of art?  My definition varies. Trying one technique a bunch of different ways. Expanding on a technique to make it more flexible. Often changing one or more variables along the way. Testing a hypothesis. Answering the question, "What will happen if....?" Playing around with a new art material to understand how it works in various situations. How a material interacts with other materials. The limits in terms of water or layering or warping or adhesiveness or whatever makes sense. Experiments are not so much about composition or content but about process. I'm looking to push my creative boundaries and challenge myself. 

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