Some days I crave artistic expression, but I dread starting something new. I can’t think of any good ideas, and looking at that blank paper doesn’t inspire me, it intimidates me. Today was one of those days. I got off work early, and I really wanted to create some cool art. But I didn’t know what to paint, and I started to feel agitated and annoyed. I wanted to find something else to do to avoid the art process, but nothing else sounded good either. So I decided to get out my recently acquired Gelli Plate and just make some backgrounds. The first few I made were disgusting, and I cleaned everything up, put it away, and decided today was just not an art day. Grumble grumble. I put on my gym clothes, but then it didn’t feel like a gym day either. Nothing felt right.
Finally I got on my exercise bike and re-watched the May project videos from my True Free Spirit class. May was all about Gelli plates printing, and re-watching the video game me new inspiration. So I hopped off the bike, pulled out my paints and Gelli plate once more, and tried again. This time it was better, and I ended up with two two-pages spreads for my art journal. This is just step one, the first layer of the background, and I have no idea what I’m going to put on top of it, but just getting something artsy accomplished felt good.
If you’re wondering what in the heck is a Gelli plate, here’s a link: Gelli Plate Printing