There are many videos on the Internet of how to use the Gelli plate but here is how I do it and the way the pages turned out this time.
Collect together your Gelli plate, acrylic paint, your brayer and anything that will leave a texture. You will also need paper or card to print onto and a piece of scrap paper to clean off your brayer in between colours.
Now you are ready to get started. Add some paint to your plate. How much will depend on the paint and what you want to do, all that comes with practice.
Roll out the paint with your brayer and press in the texture, here I have used bubble wrap.
Press your paper onto your paint
Pull off and reveal your print!
Add another layer of paint ( I never clean the plate until I am ready to pack away)
This time I have added stencils
You will get 2 print with most paint applications, this is through the stencil, then when you lift the stencil off
you will get this to print off
to get this!
This time I used the wrong end of a paint brush to add my own doodles
to get this.
I could go on for ever but basically anything that will add texture you can use. All you need to do is keep layering print on top of print until you have something you love. If you don't like it then its just not finished!!
Here are the finished pages for this session. I just kept layering until I was happy Scroll down to the bottom for my top tips!
So, my top tips for Gelli plates
* Don't worry about the paint you use any acrylic paint will do, often the cheap ones are the best. It won't work with ink though.
* Try adding a pearly paint colour to make things pop.
* Remember every page will be different and you have little control over what the end result is so just go with the flow and enjoy. After all its only a piece of card and some paint.
* Don't clean in between colours, you will get some lovely surprises that way.
*If you find your plate slipping around use a non slip mat under it.
*Keep your plate in the packaging to keep it safe from scratches and digs
Hope this has helped. I take no responsibility for any addiction!! :)