After a fairly early,
fortifying breakfast of eggs the next morning (this was our last day, after all) we got to work on our biggest
project. Lynda had sent me this link
a couple of months ago when we first
began planning and we thought we’d give Gelli stamping on scarves a try. I was
out of habotai scarves so we printed on wool/silk scarves. It was soooo much
fun, but took a lot longer than I’d have thought, probably in part because we
were making the designs up as we went.
I decided to work sort of in the vein of the original video, but thought I’d do a floral motif. If you know me you might be surprised, but, hey, this was the time for departing from the status quo.
By supper I was worried about whether I’d finish covering the space on my scarf before bed since we had to head out first thing in the morning for me to catch the train. I was also pretty sure I’d run out of ideas, but I was pretty chuffed with what I’d done so far.
|My scarf in progress.|
I picked up some cool lace at Mood in NYC (and got
kicked out of the store for Project Runway filming--#brushwithfame) for us to use in printing/stamping,
|Lace . . . from Mood! Thanks for your help, Noel!|
Lynda used two sizes of rectangular Gelli plates. She painted the entire surface then used the middle lace to lift paint from the plate before stamping her scarf. It was very effective and neat how the fluidity of the lace pattern contrasted with the angularity of her prints.
|Lynda's scarf in progress.|
By suppertime she was OK with her result but felt it wasn’t
done, just as I’d felt the day before about my journal pages. She planned to do some
beading and thought maybe fringe or the lace she’d been using to print might finish it
up nicely. I figured she was crazy about the beading (you are a stronger, more patient, and pertinacious woman than I, Lynda!!!) but I
knew she’d bang it out if she went that route.
We took a break to cook up some mushrooms, Swiss chard, and
|OK--this is the most important thing I taught Lynda during our artist retreat:|
Swiss chard IS good!
(Lemon juice makes all the difference--either that or she's a great actor.)
After a little time away and a full tummy Lynda decided to
add two sizes of circular stamps that she’d made. She thinks she probably can
skip the beading and I think she’s right—it came out great!
I did get mine done after hogging the plate (with her blessing). At the last minute I thought all the little pink flowers might need yellow centers, but I was done!!! After auditioning this on a piece of newspaper, though, I decided I was right.
|My finished scarf.|
|Lynda's finished scarf.|
Thanks for checking my flowers for spots, Lynda. Well, for everything!
Taking the scarves off the freezer paper was magical!
Drapey puddles of color and loveliness!
We also made double-sided pendants (all
Lynda’s brilliant idea). I cut out a 1” x 2” piece of gelli print and wrote a message on
the back for her and she did the same for me. Then we chose 1” x 2” pieces of
gelli print for the other side of our pendant and, voila! What a meaningful way
to remember our time together!
|Left: Lynda chose this piece of one of her gelli prints for me.|
Right: I chose this piece of one of my gelli prints for Lynda.
|Left: I chose this piece of one of my gelli prints for me.|
Right: Lynda chose this piece of one of her gelli prints for herself.
I still hadn’t used the lace from Mood yet, so I stayed up a
little later for one last experiment. After laying down a beautiful periwinkle mix of
colors on the spread and letting it dry I cut out a piece of the lace (the one at the bottom of the lace photo), placed it on the page, sprayed
red clay-colored paint on the lace, then carefully lifted it. I love how it
came out and am loathe to add anything else for now.
|Lynda suggested turning the recycled plastic card scrapers we'd been using into bookmarks. Recycle, reuse, baby! It was fairly well covered by gesso and acrylic paint on the bottom half, so I used a loose lace flower as a resist on it, repeating my page. While it was still wet I used that flower to create a small print in the upper righthand corner of my journal page. One thing leads to another, to another, and another!|
Put everything out to dry, then packing and to bed for very sweet dreams before an early departure. Also had a last serenade of frenetic activity from Fern, my furry roommate while I was there, a funny bunny that I firmly believe does not sleep. That didn't stop me from sawing a bunch of logs, though!
You can see Lynda's take on our time together here
, but don't stop there. Her whole blog
is gorgeous--pages of eye candy along with reflection, compassion, and curiosity. Lynda is a shining light.