I finally broke into my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate! I’ve had it for a few months now and I was nervous to try it. Like many of you, I’m sure, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could find to learn techniques on how to make prints. Of course, I filmed my adventures for your enjoyment below.
Some prints turned out really well, others were learning experiences. Some could be used as backgrounds for art journal pages or cut up as collage elements. Even though some prints may not be perfect, all of them can create interest on a page.
I used inexpensive paper to make the prints. I purchased a large pad (24″ x 18″) similar to what teachers used to use on an easel in the classroom. I cut each page into four and it was the perfect size for the plate. The paper was heavy enough that it wasn’t transparent but not as heavy as cardstock. I want to use the prints in my art journals and cardstock would have too much bulk for my preference. I used both craft acrylic paints and Golden acrylics, stamps, stencils, bubble wrap, fabric and wooden stir sticks to make marks on the plate.