Textured Paper Design class at Coos Art Museum is winding down, only one more class in the series.

Thursday, Nov. 30, we did something called gel plate. Holly Rodenkirk demonstrated a pigment/design transfer method using a gel mat. By placing acrylic paint on a wax coated sheet of paper, Rodenkirk used a burnisher/roller to spread the pigment and transfer it evenly onto the gel surface. She then took a comb and removed some of the color, creating a design. She placed a sheet of paper on top of the design and rubbed it down. When she peeled back the paper there was a simple pattern. She then demonstrated how you can layer color on top of color much like a simple silk-screen.

Away we went with our various papers. There were sheets of piano music, maps, food parchment, and our previous projects. Color appeared everywhere. 

We worked predominately on a sheet of Plexiglass, where the gel plate and wax coated paper with color stayed. Trust me, if you do this, color will get on the Plexiglass. I try to be tidy but I had color all over my hands. Thankfully I applied a coat of liquid glove product that was available.

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Almost everything we used can be found at ArtConnection, where Holly Rodenkirk can be found quite often, she works there. Everyone who works at ArtConnection can answer questions, but each employee an artist in their own right has areas of expertise. In fact you may even find Liv Drahos there some days.

If you have an art lover in your midst, consider a gift certificate for Coos Art Museum, like an annual membership, and/or for classes. Art Connection is a great place to find gifts for blossoming artists or supplies for the creative folks in your life. Both instructors will be able to set you up with one of more of the basic processes we have used in class.

One more thing I really like about artists, many find ways to re-purpose old materials — everything from kitchen gadgets to packaging materials. Maybe that's why I save random things like netting off my produce.

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