punk art mixed media collage

Last week I was asked to make a piece of punk art.
Well, I love steam punk and I love goth and I lived in Berlin when punk started to become popular, where Nina Hagen comes from, so “punk” shouldn’t be that difficult.

I used a dark black and white original gelli print I once made.
Then I created a punk girl in a 3D program, decorated her with wild messy hair, a black sexy leather outfit, pale skin and with dark make up, printed her on glossy photo carton, cut it and added her to the background using different heights of foam stickers at the hip and breast parts to avoid dull flatness.

I added some embellishment like a black cat, raven and 1 and 0 falling out of her hands (symbolizing data).
I knifed through my previously made gothic mini hat and was surprised how well the half piece kept its shape. I mounted it with the hot glue gun.
Then I fixed a piece of fish net tights with silver brads and with it I fixed the whole page on a heavy black card stock to make it all more firm.

Done!
Now it is on its way from Berlin to Florida…

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making endless damask paper rollers for gelli printing

I recently ordered 2 sets of damask embossing folders from Sizzix with having wall paper like prints in mind. The little size does not cover a letter size sheet though, so I tried to make endless rollers.
I found a matching roll within my fabric stock and cut it in pieces, also the embossed papers and fixed them around the rolls.You need to have very good double sided tape for this to get a clear endless pattern.

I used the rollers with the gelli plate and it was such a sticky, messy and intricate action, that I totally forgot to make pics. I was not happy with the results anyway. But with a couple of days rest in between, then scanning some of the best sheets, recoloring them on the computer and printing the new colors I found them usable.

I cut tags, ran them through the Big Shot again embossing them with the same patterns. I brushed distressed ink pads over it softly to get more contrasts and then covered them with embellishments. At the end I love them and I will bore you even more with tags 🙂

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Gelli Print with Acrylic Medium

Last week I made a whole bunch of own stencils from overhead film. I find them perfect for use with the gelli arts plate. The prints from the stencils are giving a different structure than from the gel plate. This way you get beautiful effects and you can make more prints from one session.

I used some embossed card stock for texturing and got a beautiful scrap for further use.
One of my most favorite “paint” for gel printing is acrylic medium. I use glossy and matte and I love both of them. It is perfect to make a pastel last print from left over paint on the plate. You can liquidify with just putting 3-4 drops of medium onto the plate, then using the brayer to spread it over the plate.

This is one big advantage of the natural gelatine plate. It is wet, the Gelli Arts plate is dry. But with acrylic medium even the last traces are going off and make wonderful last prints.

Have fun trying this!

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