April is one of my most favourite months with lambs in the fields and daffodils in the garden. It’s a month of new beginnings and I fervently hope that will be especially true this year As always the quotation of Ben Okri’s poem this month comes up trumps. The words I’m using this month are: “Let each moment of our life somehow help the good fight, or help spread some light”. It has been a revelation to me how every part of the poem is so appropriate to the times we are living in, and I think it’s because the entire poem is a beautiful evocation of who we are and what we can achieve if we try. So I wish a more normal life to everyone. It will be a life we no longer take for granted and that makes it extra special.
Here is the tutorial:
1. Add a variety of colours (I used Fresco paints by PaperArtsy) to an 8 x 10” gelli plate. Brayer them out, and take prints on 2 facing 8 x 11.5” pages.
2. Still using the gelli plate add one colour to the plate, add the large stencil from the December 2020 StencilClub and take a print. I used red paint on one page and blue on the other.
3. Add titanium white to your gelli plate, cover both pages completely in white and then remove it in some areas using a baby wipe and the small stencil from the same December 2020 Club set.
4. Add some text with a variety of text stamps and a permanent black inkpad.
5. Glue on washi tape and vintage text as shown.
6. Using three different colours of paint, brayer them onto the pages one at a time and partially remove with a baby wipe through Trillium pattern.
7. Twice stencil onto deli paper the face from Stone Face using dark blue paint, tear out and glue on using matte gel medium. Also stencil one partial face straight onto the page as shown.
8. Scribble on areas using the turquoise and dark pink scribble sticks (from Dina Wakley) and remove through Trillium pattern using a baby wipe.
9. Add more details of the face from Stone Face to the pages.
10. Rub on blue paint around the faces using your finger (or a brush if you prefer).
11. Spray on blue mica spray through Trillium pattern
12. Repeat step 11 using gold mica spray.
13. Write on quotation by Ben Okri as shown, using a permanent black marker. Fill in with a gold one.
14. Outline some of the shapes with a white marker.
15. Glue on the postage stamps and outline.