Journey Book

I’m having a joint exhibition with a friend next May, our theme is “Walk this Way” about our experiences walking the Camino de Santiago. I’m writing up my diary from when I walked the Camino de Santiago in 2013. Each of the 44 pages represents one day of the 500 mile walk and includes a variety of writing, photographs, sketches that I did at the time, things I collected along “the way.” Central to each day is my “colours of the Camino” gelli print, done with my 8 inch circular gelli plate.

My “Journey Book” will be available at the exhibition for people to look through. I will also be incorporating “gelli elements” into the art for the exhibition too. It’s no good, there’s no hope, I’ve been a hopeless gelli addict for 12 months now.

Separate pages of my book so far…


Well I thought I would take advantage of the Christmas break to have a play with some monoprinting my new 11″ x 8″ Gelli Plate. After having watched lots of YouTube videos I got everything together – plate, acrylic paints (some old, really cheap ones that i’d bought from The Works when I was working away from home and was separated from my art supplies!), roller, card (I used A4 size matt card) and lots of items from around the house to make some marks and impressions with, including: bubble wrap, rubber stamps, a scallop shell, wool, stencils, paint brushes, cling film, paper towel, bits of paper. A great, fun-filled hour passed quickly and I was pretty happy with the results considering it was my very first time 🙂 Excuse the blurry iPad photo!

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First attempts at monoprinting with my Gelli Plate. So, what will I do with these now? There are a couple of really nice ones that i’ll cut pieces out of and maybe add a little extra paint and/or collage for making birthday cards for friends and family. I can also use the remnants for collaging with and using as backgrounds for my everyday art journal.