Gelli-Plate Print Collage ©Ruth Armitage

Mono-Print Collage ©Ruth Armitage


Tomorrow, August 15th, 2015, from 12-4 I will be presenting a free demonstration of one of the techniques I use in my acrylic paintings: #Gelli-Plate printing to make monoprint collages. Thanks to Muse Art and Design for the opportunity to meet the public and spread the word about #PDXOS or Portland Open Studios!

Carolyn Hazel Drake will also be at the store demonstrating her Ceramic artwork. Join us! If you’ve never been to Muse, you’re missing out on a local treasure. Independent Art stores like Muse are becoming a rare breed, and are so great to work with. The store is located at 4220 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97215. They are open mon-fri: 9:30-6:30 and sat-sun 11-6. The nice thing about attending a demo at an art store is that if you see something that inspires you, you can pick up the materials right then and there, go home & try it while the ‘muse’ is still with you! Click here to add it to your calendar!

For me, monoprinting is a great way to warm up with my creative process. I can layer color and texture using acrylic paint, and the gelli-plate helps keep me fluid and surprised. I love the way previous layers sometimes show up on the next print or show through the top layer. I also love how using Golden Open Acrylics gives me time to play with pattern, texture, brush strokes and more. Come on over and see what I mean. I will have lots of papers and collages to show you.

And thanks to the folks at #Gelli-Arts, I have a brand new little 3″x5″ plate to play with! I won the contest on Instagram for showing one of my favorite places to create: The Sitka Center. I’m so excited to try it out!

Gelli-Print Feathers

On Wednesday, I had the thrill of visiting some of the other artists participating in #PDXOS for a mini-tour of our community. I’m really excited to participate with this wonderful group of artists. New this year: the tour is organized by community, making it easier to plan your visit! I have tour guides available if you need one! Or, you can easily download the app from your favorite App Market. This year the paid app will have pins for various restaurants and businesses along the tour to tempt you with their goodies! And you’ll love seeing where these creatives work…. always my favorite part of the tour.

If it is not already on your calendar – reserve these weekends now for Portland Open Studios: October 10 & 11 AND October 17, 18, 2015 from 10-5. You’ll need both weekends to explore all the riches that await you on this tour. See a preview on their website here: And don’t forget to come by Muse on Saturday afternoon to keep me company and learn more about monoprinting with the Gelli-Plate!


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