Fine Art Valentines 2014 – The Gift

This year I participated in the much loved 2014 Fine Art Valentine (FAV) project hosted by one of my favorite fellow artists.

The object is to create an edition of 14 prints with the theme of Valentine’s day. This year, I made “The Gift”. When we love we give another our heart.

This was an eraser carving, printed by using gelatos and water onto a vintage chemistry page that had a light layer of gesso. (Because love includes chemistry, right?)

I added color to the heart with watercolor pencil. I really love that heart stamp. It was so much fun to carve. I feel like I need more anatomically correct internal organs carved as stamps. Ok, maybe a smaller version of this one sans jar.

I also really love the gelato method to print them because it allowed me to use different colors without having to try to get all tricky with trying to re-stamp over the same spot more than once.  Plus the gelato stamped image held its own even while I added the watercolor pencil and more water.

Fun fact – This is the first time I’ve really played around with gelatos. I just have to say they are faboo! If you want to try them before committing to the more costly set, (and want more than four colors) I would recommend buying the Faber-Castell Gel Sticks for kids. That is what I used and they are pretty much identical to the Faber-Castell gelatos as far as I can tell. Seriously, friends – if you want to try out a new medium or practice a technique and you don’t want to spend a ton of money on your experiment – go to the children’s art supply aisle.


The Gift.


Packaged up and ready to go!

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