My newest challenge has been in the printing arena and I'm finding that I love it. If you have been following my blog you know that I have experimented with the media of printing in the past and have cut my own stamps. My newest interest has been in the area of gel printing and have been following a small company called Gelli Arts www.gelliarts.com for some time now. I've watched when grow from a start up company to a company that seems to have developed a nice following and is certainly taking the world of gel printing by storm. I recently took the plunge and purchased one of their gel plates so I could try this fascinating media and have been having a great time. So far I've thrown out more pieces than I've kept but isn't that part of experiencing a new media and I'm finally ready to share some of what I've done with the plate.
I've tried many of the techniques that Joan shares on the Gelli Arts Blog and was the very happy winner of one of their give aways this past week and am looking forward to receiving my Princeton Art Catalyst Wedges so I can continue this wonderful new media that I am exploring and I want to thank them for that opportunity.
I think that if you are a Decorative Painter who is saying, "ok this is cool, but it isn't something that I can wrap my head around to use," I think that if you try this you will see that it has so many applications for the Decorative Painting world and I'm working on a new project that will incorporate the printing plate. Ok, don't worry I will also include the painting instructions in case you aren't quite as enthralled with this new media as I am. LOL.
If you do the research and are interested in the plates you can purchase the plates, brayer, and Princeton Arts Catalyst Wedges from Dick Blick which is where I purchased mine. I like one stop shopping and was able to do that through Dick Blick, I recently became a partner with Dick Blick in their affiliate program and you can access the company through my links page on my website. http://www.chartmandesigns.com/store/WSshowlinks.asp This link will take you directly to the Dick Blick website. Google Dick Blick to see if they have any coupons that you can use, they often have unannounced specials in addition to their usual sale flyers. I was able to save 15% off of my order and that helped pay shipping costs.