Artist Inspired Gelli Arts® Collage by Linda Brun

Linda Brun here! Today I want to share a very personal project with you.

This spring I saw the film IRIS for the first time. It is a documentary about Iris Apfel. This is what is written about the movie: “IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian, Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed, 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.”

I’m not a person in to either fashion or accessories, but I do get inspired by colors, patterns, and textures. I love people with strong personalities and those that have a mind of their own. After watching this movie, I think Iris Apfel is one of those people. I was blown away by the colors, shapes, and patterns she uses in everything around her. I made lots of sketches for this project, bought her book, and really dived in to her fantasy world of colors and shapes. This is the result of the first piece and I hope I will be able to channel further works in different colors.

First, I did a bit of research and sketching until I found what I wanted to use for this piece. The shape in my finished collage is inspired by the black and silver combination in this picture.

I made loads of collage paper with various patterns and kept it in the color families of yellow/orange, blue/green, and black/brown.

Below is the step-by-step on how I made most of the papers used in this collage. I also used some leftover prints from other projects.

Use a small amount of acrylic paint on the Gelli® plate. Here I’m mixing white and yellow. Use a brayer to evenly spread the paint on the plate. Lay down a stencil on top of the paint and then a sheet of parchment paper on top of that.

Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper goes transparent when used with gel medium, so it’s perfect for layering in a collage.

Firmly rub over the parchment paper with your hand and pull away the paper. Leave the paper to dry for later use. Remove the stencil and add a new layer of paint with your brayer.

Add a piece of white paper and pull a print. I’ve done the same with other colors on the images below.

Time to start on the collage! I reused a 60x80cm canvas I started on last year, but never finished. It was perfect for this job. I’ve mostly done collage on paper, so this was a new thing. It was fun to work on!

Here you can see some of the steps from start to finish. I used a pencil to draw the shape and then painted around the shape with black acrylic paint. Then I added layers of collage paper with gel medium on to the shape. The first layer is a combination of prints done on white paper and parchment paper.

I used black prints to define each shape within the larger shape. I added gel medium to the substrate because it adds an extra layer on top of the paper. I kept layering until I was happy with the results. At the end, I added the brown printed collage paper on to the black paint to bring life to the background.

I worked on this project for several weeks, allowing for reflection and drying time in between layers. Here is the finished piece all ready to hang on the wall!

Thanks for stopping by!


Gelli Arts®:
• Gelli Arts® 9″ x 12″ Gel Printing Plate
• Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
• Gelli Arts® 12″ x 16” Parchment Paper
• Gelli Arts® Brayer

• Canvas
• Golden Fluid Matte Medium
• Stencils and Texture Objects
• Printing Paper
• Pencil

• Extra Monoprinted Papers
• Tissue paper

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