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Friday, April 12, 2013

Gelli plate Art Journal Pages

Some time ago I bought a Gelli plate and spent a couple of nights experimenting. Let me tell you, it is very addictive. All that resulted in so many sheets of pattern papers and then I had to force myself to stop from adding more chaos to my art stuff. So, then I started thinking of ways to use the pattern papers and of course some of them went straight into my art journal pages. These are a few of them.

I love this page as, when I started it I had no idea about how I wanted it to turn out. You can see the gelli plate prints peeping out through the other layers on both the sides of the page. I did that watercolor flowers last year and decided to use it here. One of my handmade stamp prints can also be seen among the layers of paint. I finished it off with random words and numbers that came to my mind.   

 This is another gelli plate print that I glued to my journal. Waiting for my heart to speak and then create some loveliness here:) 
  Yet another page. This is actually three different pattern papers. I tried to create the leaf impression in two ways. Love this but you know what, I don't consider it to be complete; for me a page evolves only within a long period of time. So I'm waiting for that spark within me to come and complete it in the way I want.[I might even end it up with a quote]

Ok, now for another girl that I created. I transformed one of the canvases and added a lot of texture to it as the background. But my girl didn't turn out well. She went through a lot of  painting stages with me and I guess I just spoiled her. Still I wanted to post her here as we were together in it for many hours. I will slowly recreate this canvas but for now this is what it is.

Finally, a handmade book that I did yesterday night. I need to practice sketching faces and wanted a sketchbook for that. I found an awesome tutorial here, for coptic stitch binding.
It has been a long long time since I've taken my book binding supplies and was happy to learn a new binding technique.Didn't come out perfect but the book is strong and I can use it for my requirement. 
Hopefully,.this book will appear on my blog with many 'wonderful' faces.
Hope you all have a wonderful and creative weekend. Thank you for all the comments and support you give me. Sometimes when I feel that my art is not good enough, just reading these kind words  help me to rise up  and create more.

Linking this page to PPF and Art Journal Everyday


  1. Wonderful backgrounds! And the journal looks fabulous. :)

  2. I have always felt sketchy (lol) about the gelli plate but your work has convinced me that it is a good thing and i think I will order it. i've not seen it used your way and i like what i see alot. your binding is just beautiful! gorgeous job. happy balzering day! lovies, samara

  3. terrific backgrounds and the journal looks wonderful. Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. I love the red flowers against the blue backgrounds. Nice work. Happy PPF!

  5. Beautiful journal! I love your gelli print backgrounds. That top journal spread really grabbed me. Have a great weekend!

  6. Nice binding on your book and fun gelli journal pages, it is addictive isn't it? Happy PPF

  7. Really love that journal page with the jelli prints and the poppies. So pretty.

  8. Susan, your pages are getting more and more amazing. And that hand bound book is superb!

  9. You have some great ideas for you art and producing some lovely work. Thank you for sharing the link to book binding :)

  10. Wonderful journal pages! And I LOVE that netting around your girl on your canvas! thnx for the tutorial link, will check it out, your book looks great.

  11. Love your watercolor flowers mixed with the great textures and colors of the background page. Happy PPF!

  12. Lovwe your pages and especially your gelli papers! I've become addicted to creating with them.
    Your watercolour flowers are gorgeous.

  13. The book looks wonderful and I am crazy impressed with the binding... and the pages look like they would be great fun to use ... sorry I am late getting here for PPF but figuring I am just extending the fun... well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it ...xx

  14. Very nice pages...I am envious of your gelli plate...they seem like so much fun!! Great binding on your book too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  15. Fabulous pages - I am resisting the gelli plate - I have so much crap as it is, but you have created some beautiful images with it!
    (p.s. thank you for leaving such lovely comments on my PPF painting! I greatly appreciate it!)

  16. These are awesome pages. I like each and everyone of them

  17. Hi Susan,
    It's so nice to be back here again, missed your blog while I was gone.

    WOW WOW WOW!! you have been very busy and making beautiful pages as always! I love that you jump right into learning new things and enjoy your art playing. The pages came out yummy and awesome layers of textures and fun. You know I love that leaf!!
    Way to go on your book binding!! YEA!! Your going to sketch faces, remember when I did those 29 faces, so fun and I still want to do that again. Your faces including the one above are always beautiful my friend. This one is so lovely, love her eyes and hair and coloring. Keep doing them, they make me happy.
    I got your email and emailed you back, thank you!!
    So happy to see these!! HUGS!

  18. I love your Girl and the wonderful Background! Think, it is perfect.♥


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I am someone who loves almost everything that is related to art-be it writing, painting, crafts, music, dance; Yes,anything that can enliven my spirit. I am originally from Kerala,India. Currently I live in the US.