Winter has arrived…sigh…but it’s a great excuse to sit inside and craft all day!!!
At the end of my last post I hinted that I tried something new when I was at the crop in October. This post is ALL about that!
Lori grabbed me dragging me into her office so we could work on a demo of the Gelli Plate. I had heard of it, I had seen photos of what people made with it, but hadn’t really considered getting one.
Well just a few minutes playing and demoing for those at the crop had me begging to take one home!
I’m going to warn you now, what you are about to see is totally and completely addicting! Once you start it is VERY hard to stop!
I sat down one night pulled out my Gelli Plate, paints, paper, brayer and a stack of stencils just to play and get acquainted with the Gelli Plate some more.
I almost didn’t make it to bed!
At the end of the first night I had a decent stack of custom printed backgrounds. I sat there thinking how am I going to use all of these? So I pulled out this little book and decided I can use my prints to make background pages for an art journal.
This book is about 5×7 so I’m able to get two pages from one sheet printed using the Gelli Plate, perfect!!
I added some extra stamped images to each page before gluing them into the book. I have quite a few ready to go, just need to add a few extras to call them done!
I have found lots of great art & creativity quotes, so my plan is to dedicate much of this journal to those!
I love how this first page turned out once it was finished!
Now I could’ve kept working with those pages to finish them off, but I’d been watching videos of different techniques to use with the Gelli Plate so I decided I needed another night creating more prints!
The first technique I tried was using pages from a magazine to transfer the images. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but I found even if the images didn’t come out crisp the effect was still very cool!
That last one really turned out fantastic!!! Not all of these will end up in that book…I’m still deciding how I want to use them!
This one turned out very cool, the dress on the model didn’t have enough contrast so that part didn’t transfer well, but I still love it!
I used a smaller image for this next one on the bottom half of the page. To get the pattern at the top I used some packaging that was just hanging out in my space!
Next I wanted to use some die cuts I had pre-cut for some time. The experiment didn’t quite work the way I thought it would but I ended up loving the results even more in the end!
I LOVE the grungy look, ok I really think you all know that by now! I found that I prefer no to clean my Gelli Plate between prints, any leftover paint on the plate makes some very cool effects!
This was my first try with the die cuts, because I cut them from paper they absorbed the paint underneath, but left a very cool outline for a look I really didn’t expect!
Once you have your prints made you can do so much with them! Use them in an art journal as I’ve shown. They could be for a scrapbook page, you could even use them with your die cuts! Really the possibilities are endless! I’m actually thinking of something special right now, you’ll have to stay tuned for that another day!
Here is the cover I made for my journal using one of my prints as the background!
I used Finnabair Patina Paste on all of the elements I added to the cover, the colours worked perfectly with the colour of my print!
OK I think I’m off to play some more and see what new techniques I can discover!!
There is going to be a class for this Gel Plate … click here for info.