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:
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.
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.
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
some text with a variety of text stamps and a permanent black inkpad.
on washi tape and vintage text as shown.
three different colours of paint, brayer them onto the pages one at a time and
partially remove with a baby wipe through Trillium pattern.
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.
on areas using the turquoise and dark pink scribble sticks (from Dina Wakley)
and remove through Trillium pattern using a baby wipe
more details of the face from Stone Face to the pages.
on blue paint around the faces using your finger (or a brush if you prefer).
on blue mica spray through
step 11 using gold mica spray.
on quotation by Ben Okri as shown, using a permanent black marker. Fill in with
a gold one.
some of the shapes with a white marker
on the postage stamps and outline.