Wednesday, December 3, 2014

pretty little packages ..

tied up with string...



My daughter left last week for 2 months as an exchange student in Holland.
 I wanted her to have a few little bits and pieces on hand to say 'thank you' with an Aussie feel. I purchased some lemon myrtle soap - then grabbed the gelli plate.

I wasn't thinking about patterns or shapes - just the colours, mood and feel of the bush when i've wandered through it. The light is bright, the texture of the bark and gum trees..
 i printed layers on several sheets.. here's how it went..
i made some 'marks' with black crayon on white paper..



I scribbled text and scrawled..






i stamped some hand made foam + rubber stamps



I was thinking sticky bark sap..




then i cut into wide strips.. and it was .. a wrap.. :)





Pattern making


have you seen:
MOYO Magazine? it's digital and last week 
 Issue 7 'The Words + Typography Issue was released here



It's JAM PACKED 150 pages are created with surface/pattern design at it's core.
Issue 7 includes:
 Kelly Rae Roberts on the power of personal mantras
For the love of lettering by Lisa Congdon


Shooting words with Holly Booth Photography
Expert insider: MOYO meets Dashwood Studio
Transforming old furniture with pattern
Behind-the-scenes at Surtex
PLUS: Designer Diary: Jillian Phillips,

each issue has a design challenge - this one was graffiti,
how chuffed was I to find out i was a runner up!


Here's my 3 submissions:


Can't say i've mastered the whole 'repeat' thing -
but hey, I've signed up for various tutorials, have a few books...
and i'm not giving up yet! just taking it one square at a time...


Monday, October 13, 2014

Loosen up

Last weekend while wanting to ink up the gelli plate i also wanted to cut up and collage and swoosh around some paint. I got out some crayons, markers, pens and made some marks on photocopy paper. Then rolled out the paint on the plate...


out came the scissors + blade as i chopped and sliced them up...


I was trying to let the materials lead me and found myself adding ink + paint washes..
it felt a bit like 'undoing the graphic designer within', here's what happened:








Thursday, October 2, 2014

Matching your (gelli) prints...

Sometimes it's good to focus on the smaller, brighter things..
like making beads..

source a bit of fimo in some lovely colours and thread 'em up.
...put together an outfit... with optional kooky pose.


Then! realise that you really love those colours ..
(change into old gear and head to the paints). Grab gelli plate...
Print up a whole lot of sheets in ranges of colours inspired by selected outfit... slice, chop them up
collage into smaller works:





Or, just be inspired by colour combos you find ...
whether they are from your wardrobe or not.




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