It’s been a difficult week, with Karlie home sick every day with a flu then sinus infection, which meant I had to drive Shaylie to school every day, which meant getting up at 4:30 to go to the gym, then working at Apple and tutoring all day. By last night I was starting to feel achy and flu-ish myself, but I went to bed early, was asleep by 8:30, and woke up feeling refreshed and downright perky at 5:00 this morning.
I’ve been itching to get artsy all week, but just didn’t have the time or energy, so I was really looking forward to some art time today. First order of business was to get out my gelli plate, which I hadn’t used for awhile. I decided I needed new printing plates, so I cut pieces out of a foam sheet and glued them onto another foam sheet that I had cut into a circle. Then I stuck some dimensional flower and swirly stickers from Target on another foam sheet, and, voila! Brand new homemade printing plates!
(These are the plates, after I mucked them up with a lot of paint.)
After making the plates, I went a little crazy, and made a LOT of prints on my new deli paper from Costco–super cheap, and it comes in a box like Kleenex, so I just kept popping out new pages and printing away, experimenting with different color combinations.
While the gelli prints dried, I dashed upstairs and dug around in my closet to unearth my old sewing needles and embroidery thread because I had a hankering to do a little fabric art as well. Here is a sneak peak of the little bit I got done, but I’m hoping there’s more to come…
That’s as far as I got, because then my day turned into returning tutoring phone calls, grading writing papers, filing out the dreaded FAFSA for Karlie’s college financial aid, and a bunch of other boring stuff. But now I have lots of colorful backgrounds to play with the NEXT time I have some time for art play.