Saturday, August 10, 2013

Online Class

Recently I have been wanting to take an an online class but wasn't sure which one to take since there are so many available these days. I know it is not the same as taking an actual class but when you are strapped for time or just don't feel like schlepping your entire studio out the door, these classes fit the bill!

I ended up taking Carla Sonheim's gelatin print class although I took it after the fact since I only heard about it after it had already ended. As a result I took it on my own time. I actually liked doing that since I can view the videos as many times as I need to. I am still hoping to take a real time class as well.

This class was a great addition to my current printmaking skills. In the class I learned how to work on multiple sheets at one time. I had never thought of doing it that way but it was an interesting way of working. It gives a real "series" feeling to the work.

One of the things I have always had trouble with, and still do, is working in multiple layers and getting nice results. My usual way of working is to make one layer and collage bits together to make an interesting piece of art.

I have long admired people like Linda Germain and Mark Evans who seem to really have the layering thing down. As you can see in my above piece, layering is still problematic for me.

Another thing I learned was using white in my work. I used to work in gouache a lot and so working with white was a lot like that. My colors of course changed quite a bit with the use of white in a positive way. Normally my colors are very earthy but this time I had actual pinky greens and pale blues. It was very different for me.

In the class we used 140 pound hot pressed water color paper which I have a ton of so I didn't need to buy any special paper. I like working on the watercolor paper very much since I usually only use thin rice paper. I like the way the watercolor paper takes many layers.

I hope to take more of these classes as they come available so if you have any suggestions for upcoming classes that you are aware of, please let me know!

9 comments:

Threadpainter said...

This certainly looks beautiful ... and I'd love to know how you do this !
I'm pretty clueless about printing techniques ... maybe I'll take a class if you find one to take .

Robbie said...

Very cool piece...my friend has taken class from Carla and loved each one. Can't wait to see what else you do!

Cathy Farrell said...

I really enjoyed Carla's Gelli class, too. I love this design!

Melva said...

Hi Roberta, I so enjoyed Carla's class too. It has helped me a lot in my mono printing......

karen said...

I love the image here...printing was never my forte....you may not be surprised to hear that I don't like to get my hands dirty....it's a curse!
http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

Susan Gantz said...

Check out the You Tube videos and work of Jane Davies. She shares some of the spontaneity of Carla's work,and is comfortable with a range of color choices. Her online classes are reasonably priced, and you can post work for critique or not.

Diane AZ said...

That class sounds like fun! Lovely piece, the layering adds an enchanting dimension. :)

Roberta said...

Thank you Susan. I will check out her videos.

alison said...

I like the mix of freedom and strength in this image especially as I work with strong colours and bold images in lino printing so am trying to "soften" my work with other techniques so will be using my gelli plate more often.