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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Rescue Mission!

So last week I broke my no more canvases rule and bought a two pack.  BUT it was a rescue mission for a poor pack that one of the canvases had a big hole in it, I just HAD to rescue them!  Who else was going to buy the poor sad canvas with a hole in it and make it pretty?!

As you can see the hole was pretty bad….but it didn’t deter me I was on a mission!


The first thing I did was reinforce the tear using some white fabric tape, which I may have snuck out of the first aid kit, ssshhh.


I used some on both the back and front to make sure it was nice and secure!


Voila like new! :)

Once I had the repairs done I started digging through my stash looking for inspiration and the main piece I wanted to use, which this time was a set of wooden wings!

But I also wanted to try a new colour combination on this project, pushing myself a bit.  So I searched through Pinterest and found this….LOVE the blue & rust together!


Once I saw that colour board I was hooked!  I pulled out some Prima paper to use as the base background for my canvas, it already had bits of rust in the paper


For a little texture I added some old Heidi Swapp acrylic letters, you can’t see them much in the end, but it does spell angel.  Next I used Finnabair’s rust paste with a Tim Holtz stencil in two corners.  Aahhh here comes the rust!


Once the paste was dry I sprayed some Dylusions ink spray in Squeezed Orange on a portion of the background.  It was a little brighter than I wanted still so I added some Lindy’s Magical Shakers in Bratwurst Brown in the corners with the rust paste, and random bits in other sections.


The wings also got a coat of Rust Paste and some Lindy’s Magicals in Bratwurst Brown.  The center is a mini canvas that I added texture to using Finnabair Art Stones and texture paste.  Once that was dry I covered it in black gesso before painting it blue with Finnabair Metallique paint in Deep Waters.


The swirls were cut from Tim Holtz Scroll die and covered with Finnabair Sparks in Magical Pond and Metallique Deep Waters.

To add some finishing touches I used the Magical Pond Sparks and black gesso to add splatters on the back ground.  You’ll also see some micro beads in both a copper and blue colour for added texture and shine!

I have to say I’m in love with these two colours together and will have to use them again!  The blue just pops off the rust, but isn’t too bright either!

Hope you get some time at your craft table, and find something damaged to make pretty!!

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This post was written by Lisa on September 16, 2018

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