It’s Just Paper

Here is a flip through of some of my gel print journals and the transformation of one of the pages. Tania Ahmed inspired and guided me into making these disc-bound journals with my prints — which hold brayer sheets, discarded prints and experimental attempts.

Some also have blank pages which I can easily pull out to make more gel plate prints and re-attach into these disc-bound journals. ⁠

Whenever I feel like I don’t have enough time to start and finish a project (which is most days!), I can pull out any one of these journals and practice some art therapy. It’s a form of daily meditation — I encourage you to try it.

You don’t have to have a plan, or even know what you will do. Just grab whatever tool is closest to you — a colored pencil, a paintbrush, a pen, a marker … and go for it. Sometimes closing your eyes and drawing can serve as a starting point. Or try drawing with your non-dominant hand. ⁠

Remember, it’s just paper. And if you create with your heart, your hands will follow 🙂

And if you’re interested in learning more about making unique gel plate prints, have a look at my self-paced online classes.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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