|I think it all started with these......I saw these beautful gelli-printed envelopes on my mail art pal's blog right here|
One Woman's Hands
and being....well, me....I just went ahead and invited myself over to Leslie's house to learn how to gelli.
|Considering we live about 60 miles apart it wasn't as easy as a bus ride around town. Mr Zip and I hopped on a BART train and about 50 minutes later Leslie picked me up and we zoomed off to her studio.|
|I even find things like rides on BART inspiring....|
|The ride was fun and time passed quickly looking at California out the train windows...|
|Leslie welcomed me into her studio and said "Touch anything, look in the drawers, make yourself at home."|
Don't mind if I do -- there was a lot to look at, including lots of examples of her inspiring and terrific art work.
|Just part of a nice washi collection...|
|We got down to business doing what we set out to do -- gelli printing -- and the hours flew by.|
Here are more of Leslie's cool envelopes
Stop in (her blog) and tell her I said hello (& thank you).
|Some stencils....but she showed me how you can use so many things you just have hanging around the house like bubble wrap and those things Starbucks wraps around a hot coffee and various kitchen utensils.|
You don't have to buy a lot of stuff.
|We printed on deli papers and envelopes and tags.....this was really too much fun.|
|We covered every surface in her kitchen with papers we printed..|
|We almost -- but not quite -- forgot to eat lunch!|
|While eating lunch I browsed around some more....she had a great vintage book on bookkeeping with really wonderful graphics.|
We printed on some of the pages and she gave me the book.
|Some of Leslie's handmade stamps....|
|A collection of her handmade books -- did I mention this lady is seriously talented?|
|Alas, all good things must come to an end. After such a lovely day in very warm Tracy, CA I had to head back to SF on BART.|
|Leslie and I had traded mail but we had never met. She so generously offered up her day off to give me a workshop in gelli printing.|
I find the art world/mail art world to be a generous one. Thank you, Leslie!
Here is Leslie's post about our day
TOO MUCH FUN
How many of you have had art play days like this?
If you have, tell us about it. If you haven't -- call a friend and set one one up.
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