Thursday, 2 May 2013

Spring roses and ferns

Spring roses
 I seem to be in a flower painting mode at the moment, although I have moved on from the tulips. Outside my front door I have a climbing rose and after a long six month winter it is finally beginning to show some signs of life. So these are not as yet roses from my garden, think I will have to wait a while for those. I used acrylics, gesso, water soluble wax crayons, conte crayons and my fern printed paper for the leaves.

Gelli plate
 I had a couple of questions after my tulip post on how I made the fern paper, well this is how!
With my Gelli plate; I collected the leaves placed them on the plate and used them as a stencil. They produce beautiful paper. If you haven't seen the Gelli plate before I have done a couple of previous posts on it. Have a look at Gelli printing for ideas.

The leaves produce paper like this..........
Which I tear up and use in my collages.
 It gives the collage a very textured look
 and means by using my own paper it feels more personal
 So... spring leaves and fresh roses.....
This weeks link is to the APR challenge: click to see what lovely things others have created  Here
Also links to Paint Party Friday

37 comments:

  1. those roses are so beautiful! The colors are so harmonious. Your list of materials used is always so impressive to me!!

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  2. Thanks Cat, I use so many because I can never make my mind up whch would be best, most of my work is made by happy accident, well it makes me happy anyway! :)

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  3. Lovely roses so fill of texture. Great idea to use real leaves for the stencils.

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  4. Stunning stunning work...love all those gorgeous flowers and the geli plate papers!! Fantastic idea!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. I keep reading about these gelli plates on so many blogs and i have to say I love how you created those fern prints on the paper. I'm going to go and read your post on the gelli plates as I don't fully understand how they work but I do like the outcome!! Your roses are lovely - you have a very distinctive style with your flower paintings which I like. We discovered a whole patch of tulips growing in our front garden the other day which I'm delighted about - there are so many buds and shoots coming up which we have no idea what they are as this is our first year in the house so it's lovely to see all the different things bloom (when the finally do because of this never ending winter!)

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    1. A new garden full of exciting undiscovered magic!! Sounds like you will have a lovely time over the next few months watching everything spring to life. There are lots of you tube Gelli plate tutorials to get you started if you are interested. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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  6. These roses are just gorgeous, so full of sweet Spring scents and promise, beautiful!

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  7. loving your beautiful painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Sooo beautiful roses. And I love your idea to use leves on your Gelli plate. Just wonderful

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  9. You are so good at painting flowers, they are so full of energy and colour! Fabulous results with the gelli prints

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  10. So much that is lovely in this painting, the blue background making the red roses pop, the understated vase which is so skilfully done and the fern paper leaves. I am always impressed with the mixture of materials and techniques you use to produce your work. And then there are the lovely roses themselves.
    Your gelli-leaf prints are great.

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    1. Thank you Jez, I love mixing up mediums, even when things go wrong it's all an experimental party. :)

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  11. wunderschönes Gemälde und geniale prints von Deinem Gelly plate...sehr inspirierend :) ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  12. Beautiful roses! And what a great idea for the gelli plate. Those are lovely!! :)

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  13. This is so beautiful. Glad I found you - will definitely drop by often

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    1. Thank you! lovely to hear your encouraging comments.

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  14. such a beautiful floral painting!! Isn't it amazing all you can create with the gelli plate?? Time to bring mine out again-what a great idea to use sprigs from nature herself. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you linda, I do so love my Gelli plate, although I could omly find the small size, if anyone knows where I can get a larger one in the UK please share! :)

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  15. This is lovely, how wonderful! HPPF!

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  16. I am loving the flower thing that you have going on at the moment... that work is brimming with energy and colour... one of my favourites and you had fun with that gelli plate... looking forward to seeing what you do with those prints...xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey your praise is much appreciated as I greatly admire your lovely watercolours.

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  17. oh another coincidence, mz rainbow... i also printed with leaves this week though i was invited to work with a friend's printing press. this makes me want to post my (novice) work. just to show the leaves :) happy ppf

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    1. We do seem to be on a similar wavelength! I look forward to seeing your prints.

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  18. This is wonderful! thanks for explaining!

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  19. I like your roses, but the texture and the process I loved ferns. Saludos

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  20. Hello, I'm new to all this beautiful art and feel so inspired........I especially love your roses !
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xx

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  21. The flowers are so pretty. I've heard of Gelli plates before, but haven't used them. I may need to get some..I really like what you've done here.

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  22. The prints from your leaves are so beautiful! I would not want to "cover up" any of these for backgrounds...happy PPF!

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  23. I can almost smell the roses...absolutely beautiful.
    How generous of you to show and explain in such detail all the materials and technics used. I'm fascinated to see it all in such detail.
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring ;)
    I've missed APR so much over the last few weeks but hope to be back soon. :D

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  24. Beautiful, beautiful flowers. Fantastic piece. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. I too love your flower paintings. You have inspired me with the leaf process. Think I will pull out the air brush today.
    Have a nice Sunday
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  26. Love your painting. Those stenciled Gelli prints with the leaves are amazing - thanks for explaining them - i'll have to try that. HPPF

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  27. I love your spring roses, they are so fresh and pretty and the colors are wonderful! Interesting technique with the leaves, you've created some really beautiful pages with them.

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