Friday, March 17, 2017


Have made just a little progress on the banana plant - not enough to share right now.  So made some acrylic prints as cards (using Strathmore Printmaking Cards).  Will probably use these for spring birthdays.  We'll see. 

Time away from the computer is spent watching the Indian Wells tennis matches (go, Roger!!!).  Since we have the Tennis Channel, we get to watch most of the tournaments, not just the Opens.

Also welcoming winter back to our area (brrrrr.....).  Maybe "welcoming" is not the right word as I hate cold weather even if it's not snowing.  

Shouldn't complain - our neighbors in the northeast got pummelled just when spring should be peeking around the corner!

The top print here is printed on TerraSkin paper (the "paper" made out of stone so thicker than Yupo and less slippery but similar in ways).  I will just glue it onto the front of a card later.

This is a fun thing to do when you're stymied or just need a break from something else - get out those acrylics (don't need to invest in a lot but a decent set will do) and Gelli plate and have fun.  I used spider webbing (Halloween decorative stuff you pull out and wrap around your shrubs to look like webs) for make some of the texture and shapes in some of the early prints but then it got too messy.  The Gelli Arts blog and newsletter has an artist using hemp twine that's pulled apart and placed on the plate = probably works better and holds up better.  The spider webbing tended to wrap around the brayer and become hard to pull off.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Ginny Stiles said...

I LOVE that hemp twine thing and plan to try it! Let's both post how it turns out.
I love your papers, by the way.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - these are wonderful cards. Good way to play without necessarily getting to involved in the whole painting process. I have some acrylics and just may do this too. Have a blessed week-end. Hope St. Patrick's day is good. Hugs!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Ginny and Debbie! Ginny, I have ordered twine from DickBlick and it will be here to try soon. I'll share when I get mine done using that technique :). Debbie, yes, just making prints and putting down colors is energizing when one is in a slump or just doesn't feel like going back to something in the works just yet! ha ha. Have a wonderful weekend!

E.M. Corsa said...

Just loving these Rhonda!!!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Elizabeth :)