Monday, March 27, 2017


Bought a lot of hemp to do this technique I saw on the Gelli Plate blog and newsletter - but I'm sure it will keep for a long time :)

Ink the plate with acrylics (using Golden Open Acrylics).  Lay down the string that's been pulled and made fuzzy by running a scissor over it (like making a ribbon swirl).  Put that in any way on the inked plate and then put on the card (or paper).  Easy!

(On the green card at the bottom, I put the string on before putting on more acrylic paint trying to get a ghost print but it didn't work so took the string off, reinked the gelli plate and got a faint line, not a true resist.)

Using a white gift bag (no design, just white), I pulled a print onto one side of it - folded flat.  I then glued on the edges from some decorative papers I cut down to fit.  

I will definitely do this again = makes a plain gift bag really pretty and one-of-a-kind.


Debbie Nolan said...

These are great Rhonda and so colorful. Actually liked the green one best. Hope you are having a great week.

laura said...

That gift bag is fabulous! Would look so great printed on a (hemp?) tote bag!

Sadami said...

Rhonda, very beautiful!! Cheers, Sadami said...

How cool!!!!! Love these.

E.M. Corsa said...

How cool are these?! I love the bag plus it looks like so much fun.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

love the bag! :D

and so much colour on everything :)

Diana said...

I love these!great love Diana

Gary L. Everest said...

Aloha Rhonda,
Thought you might be wondering what happened to my blog. The short answer is I finally got tired of posting the same old things and decided it had outlived its purpose.
It was great for several years, but since moving here, it seemed my paintings were almost non-existent and what I was doing was hardly blog-worthy.
It's still my firm belief that Hawaii is not the best location for making art. The near-perfect weather demands to be enjoyed and it would be nice to be a plein air painter, but that's not the case. So, I've been devoting more of my time to becoming the best golfer I can be at this age, though it's probably a fool's errand.
Anyway...It was a little sad to hit that "delete" button, but I felt a sense of relief once it was done. Time to move on.
I'd like to thank you for your friendship and support over the years and promise I'll continue checking on your blog in the future. Hope you and Jerry are enjoying a warm and colorful spring this year.
See you around the blog-sphere!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much for the positive comments, Debbie, Laura, Sadami, Carol, Elizabeth and Jennifer Rose! It's much appreciated when I've gone off on another tangent lately with printmaking so I don't have to focus on that banana plant painting! ha ha

Diana, thanks so much for your comment!

Gary!!! Well, please do keep in touch through email or stopping by once in a while. I know there are many who will miss seeing those Hawaiian sunsets you photograph so well, but I understand. Yes, perhaps you got more work done in Portland but what a joy to live in a place like Hawaii, eh? Wishing you much success with becoming a great golfer - I know you will because once you put your mind to something, you do it! Talk to you soon, my friend :)