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Friday, January 23, 2015

Donna Downey class

In December I was lucky enough to get a seat in a sold out class Mixed Media Academy with Donna Downey at the Ink Pad in NYC. Donna is so charming and funny. It was a great chance to see some of her work up close and in person. I love the project, and I signed up for one of  Donna's online classes- Metamorphosis . Stay tuned...

The No Glue Book

Early on in some of the bookmaking classes I attended, I learned how to make a book with out glue or binding of any kind.  When I teach this technique to students and other teachers, everyone is amazed that the book stays together just by the tension of the folded paper.  It's truly amazing!  Below is a supply, some photos and a video tutorial I made for the "No-Glue Book."  Enjoy!

Supply list
(the book can be made any size-these are my dimensions from the video)

two pieces of board (can be chipboard, mat board, even cardboard) 4"x6"
a few sheets of decorative paper large enough to wrap around the board (I'm using some gelli prints on copy paper)
heavy cardstock (mine is 110lb weight) 3"x6"

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Gelli printing

I was first introduced to Gelli plates and using them for printmaking through a former colleague, Beth Atkinson, who presented a workshop on this process at our annual art teachers conference in NY about 4 years ago.  I became so enamored of the process, and more importantly the product, that I ordered a class set when I returned from the conference, and began sharing this amazing experience with all of my teachers and more importantly, the students.  The teachers love the immediacy of the work, as well as the ease of storage, and the students took to it like ducks to water.  From our most prolific young artists (the AP & IB students) down to our elementary kids, we have amazing results every time this is taught and now each school has their own class set.  This is a great (uncomplicated) way to introduce printmaking at any grade level and the process is so flexible that the students can really put their own mark on the work.

This is some of my most recent Gelli work