Fodder School 2 is a year-long online mixed media art course with a different artist teaching each month, which you can join anytime. For the first half of each month, you learn mixed media techniques to make different types of fodder, which you then use in the second half of the month to create an exciting project so by the end of the year, you have 12 beautiful projects and a huge toolkit of mixed media techniques! Follow along with me on my Fodder School Journey!
This month, I really honed my gelli print technique and had great fun with the project!
The first half of the month focused on gelli printing to prepare the papers we needed for this month’s project. Wendy also taught us a great way to create amazing underpaper! I really feel like my gelli printing has taken a giant leap forward this month and I’ve learnt even more methods to create some really beautiful effects, using a method that I could just keep going and going with!
With Wendy’s encouragement and easy to understand teaching, I also became more confident creating mixed sheets of gelli printing. I’ve had so much fun, and the experimenting really highlights how important it is to play within your art practice because you can have some very happy accidents. It also really helps as a recovering perfectionist who loves staying in control to let go and relax – which allowed me to create some unexpectedly stunning results!! I love how through practising this in my art work, it filters through into everyday life and helps me to trust and let go to allow for unexpected beauty and moments of joy.
Here are my papers using this month’s techniques and methods:
For the second part of the month, our project was to create cards and envelopes using our papers. I really loved the project and even though I used to make my own cards and sell them, I learnt lot of new, easy yet effective ways to use my papers to create different card embellishments. The most exciting part was learning how to make envelopes and envelope liners – so simple to do but they look amazing with the gelli printed papers! My family couldn’t believe I’d made their Christmas cards and envelopes and said the envelopes were a work of art and a keepsake!
Wendy showed us so many great techniques and methods to use our papers in a really practical way. It was lovely to use my art in a way to share with others and Wendy also made some great suggestions on how to turn the project into gifts, which I want to try. Wendy is an amazing teacher and really helped me take my gelli printing to a new level!
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