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

I love the experience of making a handmade gelatin plate and then printing an eclectic stack of hand-printed papers. These gelatin prints become the raw materials or fodder for art journal pages and collages.  Gelatin printing is as calming and energizing as cut + paste therapy, even meditative! Printing is totally an act of creative flow. It starts with curiosity, wondering what on earth will happen, playing around with surface masks, and the unpredictable, imperfect nature of the output.

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Stacks of Color + Pattern: Sweet Collage Technique

Hi daisies! This is an easy peasy collage technique that brings together papers you've painted, found papers, magazine clippings, gelatin prints, even mop-up pages! Once you start looking you will find interesting patterns and marks everywhere:) Try this on loose watercolor paper or a watercolor journal, and use watercolor or gouache as your painting medium. Or make a MINI version on an index card!


I was looking through videos from my
"vintage" workshops looking for gems that you guys might like! 

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How will you know if you don't try? {workshop expansion}

Groovy Grunge is my best workshop to date. So if you are contemplating, I do hope you'll join in. I'm getting back into my altered book art journals after the frenzy of Inktober. Journaling is the way that I escape and relax and it helps me feel more balanced. 

When I launched at the beginning of the year, I was curious to see how the artists interacted with the techniques, prompts & ideas -- and then I did something that is kind of ridiculous. I {expanded} upon the stuff that resonated most. Yup. I altered the art journaling workshop.

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31+ Notes Re: Doing Art Every Day for 31 Days

If you're a long-time reader [thank you ๐Ÿฆ‹ for that] you already know that I work in my own little world called Tammyland. I go upstairs to my art desk and my shoulders instantly relax. I watch the squirrels scurrying up tree branches, defying my understanding of gravity. And I draw or paint or collage or whatever strikes my mood as a good idea on that particular day.

Nothing beats an obsessive dive 
into a daily art challenge.

So this is my official wrap-up, my lessons learned from creating a series of square inked cards every day for a month. I'll be curious to learn whether these resonate!

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Equivalent of Almost

Think of an art journal as a holding place for color & texture & words & exploration. You might carry out that exploration via words, thoughts, analyses, and/or art materials. I think it's important to use your journal in a way that works for you. It does not have to be deep and it does not have to be playful. Whatever grey zone that you want to work inside! Your journal, your choice.

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Wonder31 #21: Horizon

Try not to get all wrapped up in HOW you interpret a prompt. In the big picture of the universe, it does not matter. Just start somewhere. What matters is starting. I encourage you to go back to Wonder31 #1 and get started. They're fun, light-hearted prompts; they'll get you rolling and you'll enjoy your daily escapades. The prompts are here to kick-start your art. That's it. Not solve the riddles of Narnia or win you an Emmy. 

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