Monday, 21 October 2013

Gelli Plate Printing

Gelli Plate Information

Basic Materials

·        Gelli Plate

·        Acrylic Paints

·        Brayer

Print onto:

·        Brown/Kraft paper

·        Envelopes

·        Card Luggage Tags

·        Card Stock

·        Fabric

·        Copy paper

Create Texture using:

·        Stencils

·        Bubble wrap

·        Wax paper (strips or cut into shapes)

·        Paper doilies

·        Wool or string

·        Rubber Stamps

·        The edge of scrap card

·        Plastic Canvas or Aida

·        Sequin Waste

·        Windfall leaves

·        Feathers

Create Apertures using:

·        Acetate shapes

·        Large die cut wax shapes

·        Masks

·        Card squares

Interesting Household tools

·        An old fork

·        Hair Comb

·        Toothbrush

·        Clingfilm

·        Toilet roll tubes (create circles)

Draw designs using:

·        Cotton buds

·        Rubber ended moulding tool

·        Large ball embossing tool

·        End of a paintbrush

·        Cut card with deckle scissors, drag along paint


·        To create a resist technique with rubber stamps use Versa Mark watermark ink on the stamp, and randomly stamp over the Gelli plate before adding the paint.

·        The acrylic acts as a resist so apply inks when the paint is dry to add colour to the background.


·        When adding layers of paint start with the darkest colour first and work towards the lightest colour.


·        Create your own textured plates using heavyweight card stock (300gsm) through your embossing folders.


·        Use foam shapes and glue to a piece of mount board to make your own textured stamp plate


·        Try experimenting with ink to apply colour to your plate, DO  NOT  USE  PERMINANT  INKS !!!!!   
(Try Adirondack or distress inks)

You can clean your plate in between prints but I prefer to wait to the very end that way you create unusual effects by pulling off the previous colour used.

Spray the Gelli Plate with water and use kitchen roll to wipe away excess paint or alternatively use a baby wipe.

Please note fabric paints will stain the Gelli Plate, but will not damage its performance.
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