Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Have been watching the full moon this month.  The ones who know say that it appears 14% larger in the sky to onlookers this month.  They are calling it a Super Moon for that reason and say there will not be another until August 2014.  

With that information, and the neat email I got from Gelli Arts on creating texture in your prints, I had in mind something very round and big.  So...

First:  Make your texture stencils/bits.
I used a piece of Cheap Joe's All Media Art Board, taking Golden Coarse Texture Paste and a painting/putty knife to make the round moonish shape on part of the board.  

Then I used one of Mary Beth Shaw's StencilGirl stencils to make the tree shapes on another part of the board.  Cut that longer piece in two so I had two small bits to use as texture makers.

Second:  Get some paint on.
I rolled acrylic paint onto the Gelli plate with a rubber brayer, then pressed the art board texture bits into the plate, lifting off some of the paint.

(The more you use the texture bit, the more paint stays on the art board, creating a neat  print all on its own.)

Third:  Transfer onto print paper (prewet and make sure your printing paper is damp - it won't pull up any paint if the printing paper is dry).
I put the texture board bits down and pressed damp print paper over the boards, getting the color to come away and some nice texture, too.

Each one is different, if you change up your colors, wipe back some color off the Gelli plate, or leave more white or less white, depending on your moon...eh, I mean mood! 

Super Moon in June 1

Super Moon in June 2

It's easy and fun.  Do it again and again until you are tired or bored or have run out of printing paper.  

Just prepare all your things before you start and put out some more bits and pieces - you may want to change up the image a bit as you move along.  This one certainly changed from the first print to the last - which I'll share later.


Sadami said...

Fabulous, Rhonda!! Congrats! You inspired me. Thank you so much.
Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami. It was fun getting out the gelli art stuff and playing with printmaking. You never know what you'll end up with :)

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

This looks like an interesting technique. I love looking at experimental work like this. Unfortunately it has been overcast here and I missed seeing this moon. Fingers crossed for next year.

Lorraine Brown said...

Never have tried printmaking so thanks for all this info. What a fabulous and creative way to capture this moon event

Mrs A said...

This looks fun and an interesting way to remember the Super moon. Mrs A

RH Carpenter said...

Sorry your moon was hiding behind clouds, Lisa - but there's always next month for a pretty full moon :)

Lorraine, I'm glad you enjoyed the steps - try it sometime. Those Gelli Art plates are rubbery and reusable and fun - and not too pricey.

Thanks, Mrs. A. Glad you enjoyed the process.

CrimsonLeaves said...

What a fun day you had! I love that blue and green color too!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sherry :) It's fun to play with materials once in a while.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Toooooo Cooool!

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

How fun! I don't think I knew you're a printmaker too. Super-talented! Super-moon inspired you.

Maggie Latham said...

Rhonda, what fun! Can't wait to try my gelli plate.