A Couple Of Lessons For A Gelli Print Newbie
In a bid to start using things from my stash and experiment with little used tools, I’m on a mission to create 101 Gelli Prints. I was so keen to have a go with this that I ordered one in the States before they were available in the UK. I had it sent to a friend’s US address and then another friend picked it up when he visited. He then kindly brought it back to England for me.
Then it gets a bit embarrassing! I took it out of it’s packet, gave it a half-hearted go and, dissatisfied with the results, I put it back on the shelf and never used it again. Until now that is.
In the time between my Gelli Plate arriving and today there have been many more pictures and ideas posted around the web so I’ve got no excuse not to really test it out this time.
I started by gathering together a bunch of different papers including pages from a stamp collecting book, yellow and red tissue and plain black and white cartridge paper and some pages from an old atlas.
I also collected a variety of mark making items and masks including chop sticks, paper flower die cuts, punchinella, string, torn paper holes, a sellotape spool, lid of a coffee cup, bubble wrap, paper doily, and corrugated card coffee holder.
I’d read somewhere that if you left the old paint on your Gelli Plate you could get some interesting and unexpected effects when the old paint got lifted off with the new. That certainly turned out to be true but not quite the effects I was after.
I started with a plate that looked like this:
Not one of my better choices since the paint had dried overnight and didn’t lift no matter how much new paint I tried on top. In the end it took me half an hour to clean it all off so, I learned, although you can get some interesting effects by leaving paint behind on the Gelli it needs to be fairly recent and not thoroughly dried up!
I had a similar experience using the die cut flowers and the paper doily. If the paper was too old or too thin I couldn’t get if off the plate without it sticking.
I have to admit, though, I do rather like the image created from the stuck doily despite the process resulting in another cleaning marathon.
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At time of writing – 10 of 101 Gelli Prints completed.