Now there is this great new product called Gelli Arts printing plate (available at Blue Twig Studio) that is always ready when you are. No need to mix up a batch or worrying about waiting while it sets up. It can be used over and over and over again. Just clean it up with soap and water and stick the plate back in its handy storage pack and stick it on the shelf until you need it again. You don’t have to refrigerate it or anything. You do need to be careful with it (although it is pretty sturdy), it will still be damaged if you use something too sharp. Some ideas for tools to use to imprint: bubble wrap, q-tips, sponges, brushes, stamps.
One thing I like about it, is that it is always there if I need it. What if I am painting some project and then I have all this leftover paint? You know that we don’t like to waste anything. You can just whip out your Gelli printing plate and brush on some paint and make a few marks on it and voila! you can mono-print on a piece of scrap fabric or paper and have a new piece of art in just moments! All because you had your handy-dandy Gelli printing plate ready to go! Woo hoo!
Here are some photos I took while making a few prints on some paper to have for journaling. Here is my workspace with the tools and Gelli plate ready to go.
I added some acrylic paint to the Gelli printing plate. (The plate is clear, but it is placed on some kraft paper so it looks brown).
Then I spread it around on the Gelli Arts printing plate using a foam brush. This brush has some notches cut into it to leave gaps (I like the effect). You can also use a brayer to spread the paint around too.
Using a stamp in the paint also. (press gently)
Here is the printed paper from the brush and stamping.
Here I am using sequin waste to imprint on the Gelli plates.
Here is the printed paper using this technique.
Here I am using an empty tape roll to imprint on the Gelli plate. You can use any type of object for this technique. I like old lids off cans or jars, empty tape rolls, empty paper towel rolls, etc.
Here is the printed paper using this technique. You can see that I had too much paint on the printing plate and the resulting print is a bit globby. Which I don’t mind at all as it gives lots of texture. But if it bothers you, you can also press two pieces of paper together and spread the paint a bit thinner.
Here I am using a scraper (pressing gently again) with a decorative edge to spread the paint around the Gelli printing plate. This is a great tool and easy to find at any hardware store. You can see that there is still some of the first layers of paint on the Gelli plate under the new color I added. I like the look that comes with bits of other paint popping through the print. If it bothers you, just clean the plate between uses.
Here is another printed paper.
Another printed paper made.
All of these printed papers I made in just a couple of minutes. And you can see the paper that I used underneath to catch drips and what I used to clean off my tools with is another interesting bit of paper that I will keep.
These papers are ready to be used as a base for other collage work or in journals. I feel like these are just the first layer of work, but they are ready to have additional layers added to them now. It was so quick and easy to do using the Gelli Arts printing plate and a few tools around the studio.
I hope you have fun playing with the Gelli Arts printing plate in your studio too!