Another day, another tour. But this tour was the best fun! Broni chose the Floating Market tour and again we went with the same company and had a wonderful guide. This market was called Damnernsaduak. There seem to be several floating markets (on Tripadvisor). We went by bus to a point in the country and then we rode on a long-tail boat down the canals for half an hour. Very much recommended. Fast and furious. If we had had another day, I would have gone on a longer trip on the canals.
When we reached the market it was a shadow of its former self. Most of the boats contained tourists rather than market stall-holders as they had moved on to the land. Yes, actual shopping. We spent half an hour in this part of the market. It was around lunchtime, so we asked our guide where to buy the coconut pancakes. From a boat, handed over in a basket on a long pole. Small, like the size of Dutch poffertjes, if you know those. We shared a serving, then we had one each. That good.
Then we were taken to another part of the market for another half hour. Suddenly, nice Thai gifts for our friends. Also important – elephant pants for me. We had been seeing some tourists wearing black and white pants with an elephant design. I wanted some, but hadn’t seen any to buy. Now I have black and white elephant pants, and navy and white fish pants. But only half an hour to shop! Needed longer, but didn’t have , it so went our separate ways and shopped madly. Gifts for friends, Christmas shopping. Great. Even had time to buy some of the little rice cakes the guide recommended.
Back at the hotel, we were hot and if you look on the right hand side of the page you will see what we had. Yes, there was one in the hotel lobby. Very refreshing for a couple of hot Dottoresse.
That evening we ate in the hotel, yet again. It is one thing I really dislike about Bangkok. It is so slow to get anywhere by car, and you can’t safely just choose somewhere on the street near the hotel. But the food was good, so good that I had pad thai again. I also drew part of the huge decorative feature in the middle of the coffee shop. Then we finally went to the bar to use our ‘welcome drink’ vouchers. The bar was empty. No wonder. Two television sets playing different programs. Time for bed.
I go away soon, and right after I come back the Matisse Derivan Open Day will be on again. Details will be on their website soon. Annie Mc Mahon and I will be doing Gelli Printing workshops and you will be able to book online. This year it is on 19th October and it starts at 10am. Entry is free. Here is a greeting card made with a Gelli print and some gift tags also.
Have a look at the Gelli Arts blog to see all the wonderful things you can do with Gelli.
This week we had a paste paper day. It was the first for over two years, and we had to get back in the swing of it. Julia came, and Annie, and we each made some paste at home the night before. It was a first for Julia. Annie and I had done it many times before but neither of us could remember which recipe we used to cook the paste. Both of us used a different recipe and got different results. Julia used a third method.
My aim for the day was to make some good ‘pulled’ paste papers. This is done by putting two wet pieces of paste paper face together and pressing them down with your hands so that the paint transferred from each one to the other. Somehow we had a bit of trouble with getting interesting ones, whereas , beginners’ luck, we used to get wonderful ones in the past. The first pair of papers here are done this way, but the results weren’t the wonderful mossy marks we are used to getting. Maybe the paste was a little thin.
Later in the day, Annie made a great one by using a slightly larger sheet and folding it back on itself, giving the intricate patterns seen in the green-and-red and the blue-and-yellow-and green. These are my papers, made using this method. We were using slightly thicker paste by this time.
The last job of the day for me, late in the day given it is winter, was a final coat of silver on top of many coats on a paper I wasn’t happy with. Looking good. now!
One thing we learnt from the day,was that the papers done on thicker paper seemed to work out the best. It can’t be too thick, because it then can’t be used to cover book boards. Watercolour paper is both too thick and too absorbent. We used a lot of different papers including 110gsm cartridge paper. The very best paper, we got from a paper warehouse that has since closed down and of course we can’t get it any more.
Though I haven’t been sketching much lately, I have been making cards with my Gelli prints. Many of the ones I’ve made previously have been on top of recycled etchings or other types of fine art prints. I made quite a number framed by white and cream (the eco dyed ones for example) so I decided I needed more brights. As it happens, the ones I chose to photograph this time are Gelli printed only.
The first one has been printed with a capsicum (green pepper) and some sewing cotton. It has some glorious colours in there, and of course I don’t have a clue what colours I used. Perhaps some Matisse Primary Red which is quite a blue-red.
The second one is with a commercially available stencil and another layer with some sewing cotton. There is a layer of yellow, some red, then some blue. I’ve noticed that I often use the three primary colours for Gelli printing. This one has some yellow, a warmer red, and some blue. I often use Matisse Southern Ocean Blue. I love that colour.
The third card uses the same colours, but could it be more different? It’s a combination of fruit and vegetable bags from the greengrocer.
Number four with the purple border is just gorgeous ‘in the flesh’. There’s some orange there, some magenta, and a colour that could be Australian Yellow Green. (All these colours are Matisse Flow, used about 50/50 with Matisse Open Medium.) This one is capsicum again, with I think lemons in a pale colour underneath. There are some filmy capsicums in iridescent on top.
The final one is a yellow first layer with sewing cotton, then lemons with green, followed by a stamp with a capsicum in Southern Ocean Blue.
They all have colour coordinated envelopes in brights that contrast with the main colour of the card.
Here’s another video for you to watch. I may have mentioned David from Matisse Derivan. He now calls himself Derivan Dave. I thought you might like to see his video too. He’s not normally so serious.
This week I tried printing on actual gelatine rather than my Gelli plate. Someone else made the gelatine plate, I should point out. It is something I’ve been meaning to do for years and never got around to. You can see some photos of our day here
If you want to make a gelatine plate, you can find instructions on Linda Germain’s blog. When fresh, a well made gelatine plate feels pretty much the same as a Gelli plate, though it may not have nice smooth edges. It seemed to need a bit more Open Medium in the paint than the Gelli plate.
Some unexpected effects happened such as the bubbles on this one which was done with a purchased stencil. I think it is quite beautiful and with experience on the gelatine you could get it to work for you for some amazing prints.
I printed on the gelatine on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was still acting similar to the Gelli plate. On Saturday I tried again. It is still usable, but has shrunk by about one-sixth. That meant I couldn’t add layers to prints I’d done earlier in the week. It was also curling up at the corners and had areas around the edge where the paint wouldn’t roll on. I could still print with it, but the paint was drying fast. I could print and also do a ghost print, but then the plate needed wiping down (not so with the Gelli plate, – you can just roll on more colour). Perhaps more Open Medium would have worked.
So my conclusions are that I’ll stick to my Gelli plate, because it is just so convenient and easy. Price? It costs about $3.50 to make a gelatine plate. For us in Australia, postage is the killer, with postage from the USA drastically increasing the prices of the Gelli plates. For me, I still think it is waaaaay worth it. I never got round to making a gelatine plate, whereas now I get out the Gelli plate and I’m ready to roll. So the difference is that you actually do it – not just think about doing it.
These little tags were made part with gelatine and part with Gelli. They are a combination of ghost prints from mesh (onion bag etc) and a lemon. I found that when I’m using a lemon to print, as I use it to remove paint from the Gelli plate, I can stamp it onto another piece of paper (or tag). The first set are my ‘tweed’ set, the second ‘citrus’.