Sunday, February 3, 2013

MORE GELLI PRINTING PLATE PRINTS

I had some great play time with the Gelli Printing Plate and my Thursday Art Group.  I am always talking about it and thought that I would demonstrate it's use.  I think that the ladies were impressed...not by my skills but by the versatility of the process....and the gorgeous textures!!!

And....You have to love the unexpected surprises.  It never turns out as planned and I have to say... even the worst prints can be cut up and used in other art pieces.  So far, all of my prints have been used as journal pages.  I just add a little doodling and lettering and called it a day!!!

This is how I made these prints:

I used two colors for this print.  First I brayered yellow paint all over the plate, stamped with bubble wrap, used a texture comb and pulled a print.  Next, I brayered blue paint all over the plate, stamped with a tile stamp, circle stencil and bubble wrap; placed three mermaid masks on the plate and pulled a print. I planned to add a third color but decided that I would lose some of the delicate pattern so I quit while I was ahead!!



These are the tools that I used to make the mermaid print.  Notice that I don't wash my stencils or masks!  (grin)



For this next print, I used three colors.  The first color used was yellow and textured with a texture comb.  Next, a magenta color was brayered only in select areas and textured by using a stencil and bubble wrap.  For the last layer, I brayered blue paint all over the plate, textured it with a texture comb and then positioned the bird masks prior to pulling a print.

I love the texture of the birds especially the one on the right and think that I might make prints of birds to cut up and use as tags or ornaments.


This next print is a mess....and unfortunately, I have no idea how it was made.  lol! I started with the yellow background, then added the magenta...didn't like it and kept adding colors and layers.  I finally had to stop before it turned to mud!  This is one print that I will probably cut up and use in my art journal.


This print is a ghost print of the previous print.  A print was taken after I removed the bird masks. (This picked up the blue paint left over from the previous print.) Then I brayered yellow paint all over the plate, textured it with a tile stamp and pulled a print.  Next, I brayered green paint in select areas, used a leaf mask and pulled a print.  Lastly, magenta paint was used in select areas, textured with bubble wrap and pulled a print.  The nice surprise on this print is how the bubble wrap made little round star flowers. That's what I love about the Gelli Printing Plate...you never know what you are going to get!!!


I hope that you enjoyed seeing these prints made from the Gelli Printing Plate and I hope that you are inspired to try some of your own.

If you have a Gelli Printing Plate and would like to share your experiences or tips, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time,
Hugs,
Ginny

10 comments:

  1. Ginny, these are exquisite! Thank you for posting your beautiful art and part of your process!

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    1. Thank you Valerie, I go into more detail in an earlier blog. If you search for gelli prints, all the posts related to gelli should come up.

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  2. thank you for sharing your process...I want those mermaids!

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  3. I just came across this post on Pinterest...where did you get the mermaid masks? I LOVE them!

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  4. Hi! I came across your blog through Pinterest. I'm new to using the Gelli plate and I am seeing everyone talking about masks and stencils. Your prints are just awesome!

    What kind of stencils or masks are you using? Are they mylar or paper? I appreciate any help you can give and thank you for your time!!

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    1. Hi Christina! Anything goes...I have used good ole store bought stencils made of mylar and have also cut my own from mylar…like the mermaid and bird masks. The only paper that I have used thus far is scrapbook paper that already came with cutouts but I have not cut my own paper stencils or masks simply because I had access to mylar. Scrapbook paper or card stock works great and will become more durable when coated with layers of paint. The only downside to using paper is that it cannot be washed and will eventually become too coated with paint to give a sharp image. The plus side of mylar is that it will last forever with care (I wash the paint off occasionally) and when making your own masks and stencils, it is transparent enough to allow for tracing a pattern. I hope this helps…and have fun with it!

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  5. very nice prints! i'm wondering where you got the tile stamp. is that a craft store or home depot find?

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    1. Thank you Lil! The tile stamp was part of an 8 piece set that I bought at JoAnn's. It came with a border, two corners, four small square designs and the large 6 in. square tile. It is by Inkadinka Clings.

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  6. Gorgeous prints! Thanks for the tute!

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    1. Thank you Denise! I haven't played with my gelli plate in quite a while. I do need to get back to it.

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