gelli plates tips and tricks

13 Nov
Blue Twig Studio

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plate tips and tricks for you. Because you asked. 🙂 And because it is just a lot of fun to play with mono-printing.

  • Place your plate on a piece of butcher or kraft paper, or a glass or metal pan. A non-stick craft paper surface works well. I find that the paper tends to dry out the plate a bit quicker. Just have a spray bottle of water ready to spritz it occasionally.
  • Use all kinds of paints, sprays, inks, etc to create your color palette. You can use an extender with your paints if they are drying out too quickly (or even just a bit of water will work).
  • Be gentle so you don’t leave any lasting marks on your plate. If that happens, then that will be your new signature mark. 🙂 Or you can just turn the gelli plate over and work on the other side.
  • You can use a brayer, a paint brush, a foam brush, a sponge, your fingers, etc. Anything will work to lay the layers of paint down. You can use a paint palette to mix up your paints. I tend to just put the paint directly onto the gelli plate. Of course, you have to be careful with that so you don’t use too much paint. 🙂 But I recommend experimenting to find the system that you are comfortable with.
  • Use all kinds of misc items for making your marks in the plates. Some of my favorites are: bubble wrap, empty toilet paper rolls, torn bits of newspaper, stencils, sponges, stamps, etc. I have also had great fun with things like empty ice cube trays, placemats, packaging inserts, cardboard,  jar lids, leaves, q-tips, etc. Just about anything can be used if it isn’t sharp. Lots of things have interesting textures and patterns if we just take a moment to look at them closely.
  • You can print on paper, fabric, plastic, lutrador, tyvek, canvas, chipboard, etc. Really! Try anything you have on hand (although I really don’t recommend the glossy photo paper as that may damage your plate – ask me how I know :)).
    • Deli paper works really well and is easy to tear or cut later to use in collages, journals, or other artwork.
    • Old book pages or ads are great too – they really take the paint well. It really all depends on what you are going to use your printed pages for.
    • MPC (multi-purpose cloth) prints really nicely and then you can make some fun projects with it (think tote bags or placemats or book covers).
    • Any PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabrics will work and you can keep building up layers and layers and create your one-of-a-kind fabric.
    • Water color paper works exceptionally well as it is specifically designed to be used with wet merdiums.
  • Store your Gelli Plate in the packaging it comes in for best storage results. Do not use plastic wrap or foil to cover it as those things will imprint on the plate if left for long (although they are great for adding texture to your prints).
  • Gelli plates clean up easily with soap and water. Some products may cause staining of your plate – but that shouldn’t affect your printing. If you are concerned about staining, don’t use any inks or dyes on your plate.

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The fun part of mono-printing is the layering. I love adding layers and layers of colors and patterns to my base. It is so much fun to see how the colors and patterns interact with each other and how unique and original each piece is. Fabulous fun! Now what can we create with all these yummy pieces of paper and fabric?

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Blue Twig Studio will be hosting another Mono-printing class using the Gelli plates. It is currently scheduled for Jan 16th, but that is not set in stone. This is an opportunity to learn more about mono-printing using the Gelli plates. You will create your very own one-of-a-kind pieces of paper and fabric to use in your art. And you will get messy and you will laugh a lot and you will have tons of fun!!!! So stay tuned for more info about this upcoming class.

Products used can be found at Blue Twig Studio (both on-line and in-store).


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5 Responses to “gelli plates tips and tricks”

  1. Diane November 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Gelli plates and mono-printing sound wonderful. I’d love to learn the process, with all the tips and techniques, so that I could print some fabric for future projects. I’ll be sure to keep a lookout for the class(es).


  2. Sonja Milojevic November 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I wish I could find it here in the stores. I tried something similar with glass plate but it’s not very good.


    • Deb Prewitt November 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Sonja you can order from me. I know sometimes the shipping for INTL makes it cost-prohibitive, but I can do it. Let me know. 🙂



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