Black Cats and Gelli Printing – More art adventures with Kaiya

I am continuing to work remotely with my granddaughter via Zoom. This art adventure is based on gelli printing or printmaking using a gel plate, of which Kaiya has already mastered the basics. This time I decided to honor Kaiya’s two black shorthair cats who are the masters of their household in Olympia.

So I created several masks of the shapes of black cats and vases and sent the file to Kaiya’s mother. She printed them out so that Kaiya could use them also. We used these masks to create simple compositions of interiors. Basically the division between foreground and background was defined by using masking tape on the paper. The masks along with patterned stencils were created the scene via gelli printing. This method is related in concept to negative painting, since the first layer printed was solid black, which formed the basis for the black cats, vases and baseboards, as well as the background to everything else. Details like the cat eyes were added by brush.

I think our results are just beautiful! The one done with peacock colors is mine; Kaiya chose fall colors.

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