Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gelli Plate Printing - giveaway

The Gelli Plate has taken the art world by storm and has created a whole new category of addictive behavior. Anybody who has used one of the Gelli Plates knows just how much paper and paint one can go through in a session of printing. This product is not only useful and is fun!

And now the developer of the Gelli Plate, Joan Bess, has released a new book Gelli Plate Printing: Mixed-Media Monoprinting Without a Press. Consider this the definitive guide to Gelli Plate printing in terms of instruction, ideas, and projects. 

I asked Joan to share a bit about how the development of the Gelli Plate came about and she had this to share with the readers of The Altered Page:

Years ago I fell in love with gelatin printing and the fascinating range of monotypes it creates. I loved everything about the process...except the gelatin! Too many negatives for me. So I looked for a convenient, permanent, durable, shelf-stable gelatin-like replacement. It didn't exist! The obvious answer was to find a way to create the monoprinting plate I was obsessed with having.

The pivotal moment came when I invited my friend. Lou Ann Gleason, a seasoned businesswoman with virtually no art experience, to my studio to print on gelatin. She LOVED it! When I proposed joining forces to find a way to make a better printing plate - she immediately said "YES"! She could envision so many people wanting this! 

We formed our company, Gelli Arts, LLC - and a year later, launched our Gel Printing Plate. Thanks to Nancy Kelly, our social media expert, word traveled quickly across the Internet and Gelli printing spread like wildfire! When Tonia Jenny, from North Light Books, approached me and asked if I was interested in writing a 'techniques' book about Gelli printing, I jumped at the opportunity! And here it is!

In the book, Joan introduces a series of approaches that will take your printing to another level. She reviews stencils, masks, rubber and foam stamps, natural materials, rubbing plates, rollers, rubber bands, tape, contact paper, molding paste, gel medium resist, dimensional paint, and so much more.

In addition, the book includes a contributor gallery of art showing how different artists use the Gelli Plate. I am honored to have been asked by Joan to be part of that group and I created The Climb.


Joan was kind enough to provide me with a signed copy of the book for a giveaway. If you would like to have a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post to be entered into the pool. Comments will close end of day on Sunday 10/5. The winner will be posted and contacted by email -- so be sure to leave your email address. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Show of Heads

I am excited to be an exhibiting artist at A Show of Heads, an annual show at Limner Gallery in Hudson, New York. Running from October 23rd to November 22nd, this exhibition highlights work that includes abstract, traditional and conceptual interpretations and portrayals of the human head. You can see the list of participating artists and their work here.

My contribution to the show is Oxide...

There is an opening reception on Saturday, October 25th from 5 to 7pm that I will be attending. If you are in the area, please stop by.

In a stroke of synchronistic luck, at the very same time my good friend and artist Patricia Larsen will be just down the street, at Hudson Opera House, for her solo exhibition Harvest.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Week Links: 17

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
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And here is Week 17...

When Blogging Becomes a Slog: fascinating article from the New York Times that all serious bloggers should read. And here are Erin Loechner's thoughts about being interviewed in the feature.

Susan Tuttle shares 12 useful tips to make you a better photographer.

Loved this podcast where Tiffany Han interviews Jessica Swift. Honest and authentic thoughts about being an artist and entrepreneur!

Super cool, animated gifs from Bill Domonkos found on I Need a Guide.

Deryn Mentock shares her thoughts about branding and logo making. Great set of links included.

Check out The Daily Muse feature on the website. They have curated a wonderful set of artists to highlight.

And for those of you who have not visited -- or have not visited all the participants -- click here to be taken to the list of people who have bared all and showed pictures of their studio space in all its uncensored glory. 123 people shared!

Friday, September 26, 2014

AUSTRALIA 2014: The Beauty

The 2014 Art is You Australia Mixed Media Roadshow is in the books. But the memories remain... 

The Beauty

Byron Bay

King Street Wharf - Sydney

Manly Beach - Sydney

Eucalyptus Gum Tree - watching for drop bears

Bondi Beach - rock formation

 Bondi Beach - rock formation

 Byron Bay

 Botanical Gardens - Sydney

Bondi Beach

 Sydney Harbour

Bondi Beach


Byron Bay

 Byron Bay

Our Mascot

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Stencils

Excited to announce that my third set of stencils will be released in October by StencilGirl Products. Stay tuned for more details...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scarlet Pink

Hot off the presses is the Fall 2014 issue of Scarlet Pink. Available in print or digital version from MagCloud, Scarlet Pink is a quarterly magazine featuring the arts, photography, lifestyle and more. There mission is to bring together passionate artists who works of art and writing inspires and enlightens the reader. 

I am very appreciative to have my artwork featured in this issue along with the results of an artist interview.

If you have never seen this publication, head over to their website for more information or to MagCloud for a free preview. And if you like what you see, perhaps consider submitting to the magazine yourself.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Week Links: 16

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And here is Week 16...

A real live bookbook: one of the most clever advertisements I have seen in a long time. Shared by Mary Ann Moss on dispatch from LA.

Grace Bonney from Design Sponge addresses the issue of handling negativity online in a 30-minute podcast. Wise advice.

Jaw-dropping paper art from Yulia Brodskaya (thanks to Judi Kauffman for sending me the link).

Looking forward to getting  this book from Susan Tuttle.

I like these tips for getting stencils to stay in place from Domenick Naccarato.

Loving this post on hand carved stamps from Martice Smith II. Great tips.

Jennifer Priest reviews the new Media Line of paint and products from DecoArt.

Wonderful post on the process of art making from Bridgette Guerzon Mills at Contemplating the Moon.