Friday, November 8, 2019

Gel Printed Forests with Animal Illustrations

Phase 1 for our gel printed forests

 Phase 2

 Carlie - 3rd Grade

 Blake - 3rd Grade

 Brooke - 1st Grade

 Ella - 4th Grade

 Alexa - 4th Grade

Blake - 3rd Grade

Below are my experiments/samples

I never get tired of experimenting with gel printing. My students are well aware of this. 😄 So for this session, we created fantasy forests with my collection of pressed leaves and our Gelli plates (8X10 and 9x12). We created a colorful print (on card stock or watercolor paper) first followed by a reverse black silhouette using the leaves as a mask. This made the perfect backdrop for our animal illustrations. I allowed my students to create a full body whimsical raccoon inspired by artist, John W. Golden, a charcoal raccoon portrait, or other creature of their choosing. They could adorn their landscapes with other details: veins for their leaves, moon, stars or snow. Animals were then cut out and glued to their backgrounds. There are so many possibilities with this process!