My kitchen floor is covered in a pile of prints. Take a look:
I have fallen head-over-heels in love with gelatin printing. It is so easy, inexpensive, creative and almost any age group can do it. I first became inspired by artist and print maker, Linda Germain. Check out her video on how to make the gelatin plate.
I used a cake pan for my gelatin mould and I needed 2 cups of water and 4 packets of Knox brand gelatin. I followed the directions and voila, my sparkling gelatin printing plate.
Next I gathered my printing ink, brayer and old cookie sheet to prime my brayer. And then it was time to print. I used lots of item around my house to create prints and texture, an old credit card, bubble wrap, a few leaves from the garden, a wine cork and paper cut-outs in different shapes.
My kids joined in the fun and we now have a stack of mono prints thanks to a little box of gelatin…who knew it would be sooo easy? And fun? And addictive, I think I have about 50 prints now…
I thought I would keep the sketchbook theme going and tell you about two new books that I am head-over-heels in love with.
The first one:
The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario takes you on a whirlwind trip around the world through the eyes of urban sketchers. As he explains, “The beauty of sketching is that, almost by definition, a sketch can be completed as simply and quickly as you like.” The book is a showcase of talent from all over the world. The sketches are as diverse as the people and the scenery.
Campanario really knows what he talks about as he is the founder of the nonprofit organization, Urban Sketchers. Each artist has a small bio, description of how/when and maybe why they sketch and the materials used. I found it fascinating to get a peek at their process. Each time I flip it open I see something new and different.
The second book is:
Drawn In by Julia Rothman also gives you a peek into sketchbooks but differs in that the subject of the sketches is totally different. This book has a similar format, a short bio of the artist and a few interview questions follow. The variety of styles and subject matter is my favourite part of this book.
Who doesn’t like to peek? To see behind the scenes? I love the roughness, the thinking you can see on the page.
Now, where is that sketchbook? Time to get busy. Here are a few pictures I took on a walk yesterday…maybe inspiration for a page?
What inspires you? I would love to hear…happy creating.