30 Day Challenge – Day 3
Last weekend I bought a new toy…a Gelli Plate. They have been around for a few years, but I finally broke down and bought a small one to play with. It’s a 3×5 which could make some nice postcards, and let me learn to use it without wasting too much paper or paint. The first thing you have to learn is how much paint to apply. If you put it on too thinly, the paint dries quickly and then the brayer starts to pick it back up. But it’s easy to work out and I made several bright blended background prints quickly. I don’t know enough to give advice on it, just have lots of paper ready to play with.
I watched several YouTube videos to get some idea what to do with them, and I wanted to try using stamps instead of stencils. I found that stamps with irregular patterns work the best. The impression isn’t consistent so expect variations and some blurring of the first tires. The leaf stamp in the cards above worked out better than the other designs I tried. For those cards, I inked the plate and pressed the clean stamp into it, and then print the plate directly to the paper. The stamp also picks up the paint nicely from the plate and you can use it “ink” the stamp. Pretend the Gelli plate is your ink pad. Stamps with larger areas didn’t create the same qualify of plate prints, but the one I tried stamped well enough to use it. Remember that acrylic paints dry quickly, so you will need to work quickly with the stamps. The stamps also tend to stick to the paper badly if you wait too long. I’ll bet you could use acrylic paint as glue! I cleaned the stamps right after each use with running water and a stencil brush.
Of course be prepared to make a big mess as your prints spread out to cover every surface in sight…. Here is my work in progress.
The cards I printed are 4×6” so they are the perfect size for postcards. While they are simple, I think it would be fun to send a few of these out. If you would like one, drop an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address (so you don’t have to publish your address in the comments).
Here is a link for the 3×5” Gelli Plate on Amazon. They are also available at craft and art supply stores in various sizes.