Print Art

Last week I showed you some fun I’ve been having with the Gelli Plate and a new class was announced!

Sadly I didn’t win the lotto and my day job has been keeping me extra busy which hasn’t allowed me to get much play time in.

One of the things I love about the Gelli Plate is I can sit down when I have an hour and create lots of fun prints to use in my journal or other ways when I have more time to spend in my craft space. Win, win if you ask me!

So far all my experiments have been with acrylic paint, so this week I wanted to try some different mediums I had in my stash.

First I tried my Distress Crayons, since they’re water reactive I thought they might work…they didn’t, I don’t recommend trying that!  BUT I had a thought earlier that maybe if I scribble them on my mat add water and use a brush they may work.  Hmmm I’ll have to try that and report back.

Next I tried my Distress Markers, these worked much better, but that experiment needs some more attempts.

I actually had an idea in mind for my project this week, I don’t always I just go with the flow, and neither of those attempts were working for me.

Next I pulled out my Distress Ink pads, I knew these would work better as Lori & I used the Distress Oxide Ink pads at the store.

I used Fossilized Amber & Peacock Feathers applying the ink directly onto the Gelli Plate, then spraying with water.  The first image shows the original print, and the second print used up the ink left behind.


I love the gorgeous water colour backgrounds these created!!!  These will be used at some point, just have to decide how and when.

Now that I knew the Distress Inks would work so well I decided I wanted a more neutral background for my project.

My next attempt I used Pumic Stone & Hickory Smoke for the background.  I then created a couple of ’stencils’ out of paper hand drawing some shapes and lines to crate an image over the background.


The first image I used acrylic paint with my paper stencils, I was happy to see the stencils worked, but I wasn’t loving the heavy contrast between the shapes & the background.

In the second image I used Peacock Feathers & Black Soot Distress Ink with my stencils, this gave a much softer look.

I still hadn’t quite created the image I wanted for my wall, so third times a charm right?!

The background for my final print I used the left over ink from the two prints above, one layer was too light, but the two layers turned out great!


I created a new stencil for this one making the rectangles a little different, and once again used acrylic paint in a lighter colour than I used in the first print.

Sometimes things I try don’t work out and happy accidents happen.  For the flowers I tried to create a stencil by cutting them out and using the negative piece.  Well that didn’t work well (I think my paper was too thick), and I ended up with the black ’smear’ at the top.  I actually liked that black smear so I added another lighter smear of black to the bottom.  To finish it off I re-cut the flowers from black cardstock and glued them on.


I placed my art print in a black frame and had hubby hang it on the very blank wall at the upstairs landing.  Surprisingly this wall space has been empty for the 15ish years I’ve lived in this house.  I guess it was time to add something it!

I love the texture the second print creates when using the Distress Inks, I’ll be using this technique again for sure!

For those of you attending the class on Saturday, December 8th I will see you there!  Sadly I can’t make it out for the weekday class, you know work, kids, not winning the lotto just keeps getting in the way of my fun!

If you’ve made it this far I have a special treat for you!  I don’t know how many times you have asked for videos….well I thought I’d give it a try!  Thought I’m not sure what happened with the music that it changes, but I hope you enjoy!

Gelli Plate Video 1

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This post was written by Lisa on November 25, 2018

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Gelli Crazy!!

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!!

Guess what?

There is going to be a class for this Gel Plate … click here for info.

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This post was written by Lisa on November 11, 2018

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