new items in Etsy shop!

i’ve been busy! i’ve been happily painting away, into the early morning hours, and i’m loving it!

creating new work really makes me happy, and with all the curve balls life has been throwing out lately, painting and drawing are really the only things keeping me sane. when i’m in the zone, everything else disappears and it’s just me and my paintbrushes. and that’s all i need in that moment. ♥

anyway, i just wanted to share a few of the new pieces i’ve added to my Etsy shop. Dia de los Muertos is so close, and i added some one-of-a-kind paper mache skulls that would be great to add to any altar, or would make beautiful gifts for anyone who loves the culture, color, and beauty that is Dia de los Muertos. you’ll also find hand painted wood birds (fun & whimsical!), crosses, and original canvas paintings and mixed media pieces – and much more.

so please – pop over to my Etsy shop now and see if there’s anything you like!
Susie Carranza Studio on Etsy

Etsy shop - new items

more gelli printing, and new original pieces

it’s been a while since i’ve posted here.  i keep telling myself i’m going to make a point of blogging consistently and then – life intervenes!  i won’t bore you with personal issues, but i will share that i have been doing lots of painting, drawing, and adding work to my online shops.

i’m still working with my Gelli plate – and stil loving it.  there’s lots of videos & tutorials online about using your Gelli plate, but i find that lots of them use store bought stencils.  while there are some very cool stencils out there, i’ve come to find out that the most inexpensive, common household items can be used on the Gelli plate, with awesome results!

here’s two items that have quickly become my favorite:

1.) a 99¢ store comb.

99¢ Store comb on Gelli plateyou can create lines or waves in any direction you want with a comb and get some great texture and dimension.  in the third photo, you can see what happened when i pressed a canvas onto my Gelli plate.  in the final photo, i pressed a piece of white cardstock onto the paint that was left on the Gelli plate, getting another, different print – and cleaning up the Gelli plate at the same time.

2.) shelf/drawer liner (also from 99¢ store)

shelf liner on Gelli plateby pressing the shelf liner onto your Gelli plate, you get these tiny squares AND circles on it.  the second photo shows you what happened when i pressed a canvas onto my Gelli plate this time.  in the final photo, once again, i used cardstock to pick up whatever paint was left on my Gelli plate.

i love playing with different items on my Gelli plate to see what results i get.  another thing i love to do is cut out my own shapes from cardstock.  by cutting out exactly what i want, in the size i want, i create shapes and patterns personal to me, to use as backgrounds in my artwork.

here are two original canvas pieces that i’ve done with Gelli print backgrounds. (it’s been really hot here, hence the suns!)

"el sol" by susie carranza“el sol”:  marker, acrylic paints, and paper on a Gelli print background, available for purchase at our website

"Sun" by susie carranza“Sun”:  marker and acrylics paints on a Gelli print background.  it’s available for purchase in my Etsy shop at