Creating Custom Papers with Gelli Plate (Tutorial)

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)
I’m happy to demonstrate how to use the Gelli Arts gel printing plate today.  I learned how to use it in class with Julie Fei-Fen Balzer a few months ago, and I have to warn you, it’s addicting. There’s no right or wrong, and it’s easy to make cool customized prints. I had an article on this published in Unruly Paper Arts earlier this week.  Here’s the process:

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

This is what the gelli looks like when it’s totally clean. You clean it with plain old H2O.

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Apply paint with a brayer to make an even coat. You get different results depending on the paint you choose – liquid acrylics are the easiest to work with but they dry very fast so you need to keep moving.

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Lay a stencil down in the wet paint.

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Put a sheet of deli paper on top and either brayer it or just run your hands over the paper. You can definitely get a fine print just using your hands to smooth the paper down over the stencil.

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Peel back to reveal your print.  I repeated with darker paint so you could see better:

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Don’t you love how you get both the positive and the negative prints?  Then you just keep layering and layering (since the paint dries so fast, I barely wait before applying another layer) and end up with super rich prints:

 

Gelli Plate Tags Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

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