Saturday, October 12, 2013

Biting the Bullet

30florilegium by Roberta Warshaw
30florilegium, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
This week I decided to purchase the larger 12" x 14" Gelli plate.

I wanted to make my own. I truly did. I studied all the recipes and began to get the supplies together. But the thing is, my life is pretty insane right now. Between my elderly parents needs and my grandson coming over every day after school, time is at a premium for me.

Perhaps at some point things will settle down but as it is now I usually have about an hour to an hour and a half a day to work in my studio.

That isn't much really and when I go in I want to get right to work. I don't want to have to make the plate first and deal with all the mess that entails. The thing about the home made plates is that they don't last for all that long. I have heard that you can add glycerin to them for a bit of longevity but the fact is that I don't even have room in my refrigerator for a plate. And they should be kept chilled.

So there you have all my excuses! I haven't tried the plate yet but I am looking forward to having the extra room on it for making a framing template to accommodate a variety of sizes.

I also took Carla Sonheim's gelli printing class again and thoroughly enjoyed it! She is an amazing teacher. If you get an opportunity to take any of her classes, do it!

One of the best takeaways from her class is the way she cleans her plate! A piece of paper left on the plate when you are done painting removes every speck of paint! Easier than schlepping the plate to the sink every time!

3 comments:

Celeste said...

Isn't it frustrating how life gets in the way of all the things we want to do Roberta? It is literally the first time in weeks I have had chance to spend some time visiting other peoples blogs :( I hope my crazy caterpillar photo will be inspiration for an art piece for you :)

karen said...

love the layers I see in this Roberta.....life...other peoples needs....sounds familiar!!
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Don Madden said...

Glad you got the plate. You deserve it! There is a lovely poem about juggling your life on Artpropelled blog.