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Friday, January 29, 2016

When Is a Laundry Room not a Laundry Room?

When it's an art room, of course.....I have a laundry room next to the back of my studio and it has turned out to be a perfect place for gelli printing....

It's been such a long time since I pulled out my gelli stuff I had to take take a quick peek at the book to refresh my memory...but, as it turns out, it comes back to you really quickly..

Today was a dark and delightfully rainy Friday and what better to do than hang out and play with paint?
I couldn't think of anything......I had pumpkin curry in the fridge for lunch and rain on the roof and paint and paper and good music.....

It was so easy to set up since I had the boxes of supplies right there in the cupboards of the laundry...er...art room....just pulled them out and in five minutes I was pulling prints.


Making pages for my altered book -- hey -- you guys told me I needed to make my own altered book after I showed you the one I made for Dori's birthday....

***And the pages at 5 x 7-1/2***
I'm just saying in case any of you ( I can punch the holes.and you know who you are) want to send me some pages you make to add to my book.


Stencils, fingers....it all works....I employ a variety of techniques.



I was smart enough to pack a box with everything I need -- papers, bubble wrap, tags, card stock,  mark making things-- so all I had to do was to get busy.
And WHY have I waiting so long to do this? It is so easy and fun and a perfect thing to be doing on a rainy day.
(You may have to get used to us here in San Francisco talking about rain all the time...we are trying to get over a drought and every time it rains we get over-excited)

I ended up with about twenty double-sided pages and some tags and postcards....and one little bag I gellied too...not bad for a few hours.


You can see three postcards here and a couple of test sheets....

So, that you have it -- a rainy Friday afternoon with me.

Next up, got to trim the pages to size and do some collaging on them and punch holes and add to my altered book.
What are you all doing? Is it raining where you are? Or, maybe snowing?
Grab some paper and paint and start playing.
It's the weekend.

GET GOOD MAIL -- GET GOOD MAIL

32 comments:

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    1. FinnBadger--actually i did photograph them before they were completed -- they have a lot of different colors -- red gold, yellow, orange, purple and black -- I like it when they kind of glow....

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  2. Not raining or snowing here in sunny Florida (for the moment anyway). I've never tried gelli printing but it looks fun. Also, your laundry room looks a whole lot better and organized than mine! I should clean mine up and make an art corner...

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    1. Cindy -- gelli printing IS fun -- maybe you have a friend who does it and you can try it out. I've invited a friend of mine over for a session....

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  3. And I just received one of your stamp head MMSA cards, 'I'm a great reader'. Very nice! Have a great weekend.

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  4. the mess is so wonderful to create, it is the cleaning up that I am not fond of, so I just close the studio door! LOL

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    1. Oh yes, I know -- My studio is a total mess and I kinda like it that way but I had to clean up the paint from the laundry room....Caterina, you've probably seen the photos on FB of my super messy work table......

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  5. Wow, I like your laundry room better than I like my own kitchen. Always wanted a white kitchen...
    Gelli printing is a great way to while away a few hours, and you end up with tons of fun pages at the end, so it feels super productive. Glad you had a fun day!

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    1. Leslie -- I was thinking of YOU -- my gelli print guru and first teacher. You'd love my kitchen -- it is all white. I did have fun and ended up with a nice stack of papers. I am ready to do it again soon.

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  6. Beautiful results from turning the laundry room into an art space. You have a gorgeous laundry room. When I've messed my art room up to the point there is not a flat space to work, I too use the washer & dryer to stand and stamp at. My linen closet is full of stamp supplies! When hubby travels, I also use the kitchen island to work at, since I like to work standing. If he happens to come home a day early, the entire house has projects laid throughout. Thankfully he doesn't mind as long as I've made something, he knows I'll be in a good mood. HaHa He likes to tell people that I don't have an art room, I have an entire art house. I love gelli plate printing and haven't had mine out in a good long while. Now I'm inspired.

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    1. Barbara -- you sound like me -- I like to work standing up too and I seem to spread out all over my studio and spill into the laundry room and even the backyard (I like to photograph in the natural light). I'm glad you're inspired -- get that gelli plate out -- it is fun and so many things you can do with the paper. Thanks for commenting!

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  7. What a great day of productivity. Nice to have a big space to leave so many out to dry.

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    1. tamdoll -- yes, it is nice to have a place to dry the prints.....happily they dry quickly too. I did feel productive and had fun too....

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  8. Last weekend a group of us (we met through MMSA) got together and played with gelli plates. It was a day filled with so much creative energy. We had a couple of days of rain this week, but today's weather is glorious.

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    1. cjsrq -- isn't it fun to print with other people? I love to have a gelli session with at least one friend -- or more -- and it is amazing how everyone's prints look different. Fun to get new ideas too. My pal Leslie (who commented above) got me started printing and she really inspired me to do it -- so glad she did.

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  9. Looks like a fun day. It's great to have such a big space, isn't it! I've never tried gelli printing. Time to google it. Love your colorful pages!
    Here in Germany we have really horrible weather, it's all gray and rainy ... and that since a couple of weeks...

    Have a wonderful art filled weekend!
    Gaby xo

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    1. Gray and rainy is good weather for art-making and drinking hot beverages! Gelli Plate printing is very popular here -- you can make your own plate if they aren't for sale. It is a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by the blog and commenting.

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  10. I use my laundry room as spill-over work space, too. Half the time the dryer is covered with stuff. LOL

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  11. I also keep a small box filled with gelli print supplies, but unlike you, I simply don't GET the gelli. I have never gotten anything this beautiful, and I just can't seem to figure out what to do after I start with the first few stencils I own.

    Your pieces are absolutely DIVINE. Really gorgeous pages, and they are going to make a fantastic altered book. Way to go. Now maybe you can teach me (grin).

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    1. I'd love to you come over, Elizabeth! Wish you lived closer. In fact, where DO you live? i think it is a long way from SF......I am pretty happy with my pages and I will show them in more detail when I assemble the altered book......

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  12. Just saw the message you left me on my blog. The cups are there every month to designate T Stands For Tuesday, my link-up.

    I live in Wichita, KS, which is about 2000ish miles from you, so won't be able to drop by and play. I DO love the pages you get though.

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    1. Oooooo I see about the cups....how silly of me not to realize that....2000 miles? Phooey!

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  13. Is any part of the house off limits really? Well maybe the bedroom. Great space for wet print making. xox

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    1. Corrine -- right! Nothing is off limits for art, is it? xoxoxoxo

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  14. The colours are just amazing, Pamela!! Great work! Can't wait to see pictures of your boekie.
    ...and I wish I had a laundry room :-)))

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    1. Marie W -- they do kind of glow......no laundry room? In Japan space is at a premium, isn't it?

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  15. Great post! Off subject here, but has anyone heard if Limner is ok? I haven't seen a post in quite awhile...just wondering.

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    1. Pam -- I have been wondering and worried about her too -- I emailed her and got no answer and wrote a letter but haven't heard back. I hope she is ok too.....

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