Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Artistic Experimentation

Take my access to YouTube away! I've seen so many fabulous videos lately on various tools and techniques to create mixed media journal pages and ATCs. And I want to try it all!

I've done a bit of experimentation over the last couple of weeks from knowledge gleened from some of these videos. My 'success rate', however, is questionable.

Background #1
Take the homemade gesso I made. Seriously, please take it away! It sounded easy enough to do. One part white glue, three parts water and six parts baby powder...put all ingredients into a jar and shake until blended.

Instead of smooth and creamy, it came out runny and grainy. Adding more baby powder made it worse...sticky and lumpy. Gesso is used in artwork as a base or primer for paint and other materials that are applied over it. This stuff is not going to do the job.

I've played around a bit with mixed media backgrounds, using torn paper, craft paint, stencils, rubber stamps and ink pads. They make it look so easy on the videos combining multiple materials and techniques for fabulous end results.

Background #2
Am I happy with the first attempts at it? No, not really, but perhaps I'm being over-critical of my own work. That happens a lot. Or perhaps I just need to keep working at it, refine my skills a bit. Practice makes perfect, they say, right?

I'm almost afraid to tackle the next project I had my eyes on...making a homemade gelli plate which allows you to create beautiful monotypes without a press, using materials anyone has in their studio. They are available commercially but are fairly expensive and not really in my budget right now

I found a recipe/formula on one of the videos I watched to make one using vegetable glycerin, plain gelatin and boiling water. Once again, it sounds simple enough to make but will it really come out as advertised? I guess there is only one way to find out. I will let you know how this one goes another day. Wish me luck!


  1. Thanks for reminding me that I need a new journal. I like to play in like this on journal pages, so I don't have to worry about wasting good supplies on things I have no idea will work.

    1. That's a great idea! I would love to see how some of your experiments turn out.

    2. I did a blog post on this quite a while ago. http://otherrambles.blogspot.ca/2011/12/art-journal.html Maybe it's time to think about doing another one sometime soon, as I filled that first journal, and am ready to buy a third.

    3. I checked out your blog post. I love your artwork and I think you should get another journal to create more.

  2. I like what you've created so far. The art journal/mixed media bug hit me about a year ago and it's been crazy ever since. My husband bought me a Gelli Arts brand Gelli plate. I did consider making one and have heard positive things about those that have, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I've had lots of fun with mine. I hope you enjoy yours!