I had two people over today so that they could learn how to use a Gelli Plate for printing. I showed a bunch of different techniques to try. One of them printed on paper mainly with stencils and the other mainly on fabric. I of course forgot completely to take any photos while they were here or of their work. But I did take a few photos of some new techniques that I tried.
These first three are done with a combination of alcohol inks and paint. I did more than these but these are my favorites. The alcohol inks dry very quickly and give a different look than the paint alone. Thanks to my friend Paula for letting me borrow her equipment and inks to try this out.
Then I wanted to try using magazine photos for a resist on the Gelli plate. The first one on the left is a failed one but I kind of liked it. It took me a while to get this one figured out. It wouldn’t work with cheap paint. It worked best with Golden liquid paint. The magazine type also makes a big difference too. I had a very poor selection of magazines and even tried a few calendar photos. The bear and the man holding the gun did work. Now that I have figured this out, I’m not sure how I would use these in artwork as I seldom use figures. But I’ll see if I can use them for something.
Then I did several that look kind of like this only in different colors. These are for backgrounds and I do use these in collages quite a bit. If you’re interested in trying Gelli plate printing there are tons of YouTube videos available that explain the process. You can make your own plate but I find the “real” ones well worth the money as they print much better than the homemade ones. It’s a lot of fun and if you give it a try, I’d love to see your results.
The gelli printing looks as if it could be very addictive. The results are wonderful!
Thanks Lyn! Gelli plate printing is a lot of fun and once you get started, it’s hard to stop. I just showed you the good results, there are a lot more than aren’t as nice.
Nice technique, i like the red one which is in your banner too. So much still to learn and to do..;)
Thanks Jifke! The red one is my favorite too. There is always something new to learn for sure.
Looks like you had a good time trying all the different inks and paints. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around using prints on the plate. Also, I’m seeing an ad on this site which hasn’t happened before.
Now the ad is gone. Weird.
Thanks Marilyn! The prints on the gelli plates is really strange and I have no idea how or why it works. It doesn’t seem like it should but it does. I have never paid for ad free on this site as there aren’t as many visitors here. So occasionally there are ads.