Botanical Monoprint Collage with Stitch

I made several botanical prints with my Gelli plate over the weekend using flowers and grasses I collected on a late afternoon walk. I like to make Gelli prints on thin but sturdy Japanese paper because my goal is usually to repurpose them into an artist book or collage (rather than keep them as stand alone pieces.) And kozo paper works great for botanicals because you can sort of squash it around them to pick up detail.

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I cut up some of the prints that didn’t work well as whole pieces and made them into a collage with machine stitching* and some line drawing.

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This print wants you to know that it  looks much better in person.

I also printed on some teabags and glued them to one of the not so great prints in an attempt to salvage it:

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I might further ruin it by doing some stitch or sketch work on it because I can’t help myself.

But I was most pleased with the ghost prints.  IMG_8012

Scrumptious colors, don’t you think?

* I think I first saw stitched Gelli print collages on Dudley Redhead’s blog. She does some really cool stuff with mono prints.

Quothe the Raven, “Nevermind”

Inspired by Randel Plowman’s Collage Workbook, I made a collage using one of my “uninspired” Gelli prints as a substrate, just to see if I could salvage it. IMG_7966_2First I stamped the blue dots with one of my hand-carved stamps, then I glued and stitched the raven (a linocut that I’d printed on natural linen) to the paper. I typed the phrase “Corvis oculum corvi non eruit” on scrap paper and layered it on.  And because I can’t resist leaving well enough alone, I finished by stitching a gigantic star over the raven’s eye. (“Corvis oculum corvi non eruit” means “A raven will not pluck another raven’s eye out” in Latin.)

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I mounted the whole shebang on thick cold press watercolor paper and I will say this: it looks better than the original Gelli print did :)