How to Make a Gelli Plate Print

*Guest post by Carolyn Dube.

So I made a print with a Gelli® Plate. Now what? Time to build on what was started. Here’s the print only.

how to make a gelli plate

It had big circles on it but it needed some fine details so I turned to a stencil. Adding just some of Picasso’s Words (find here) with bright pink paint and a cosmetic sponge made the more abstract lines pop against the larger shapes.

how to make a gelli plate

Taking a cue from the print, I colored in the white areas of the circles with acrylic paints. Nothing is perfectly round here so the variations from the brush are right at home. As long as there was paint on the brushes, a strong urge to cover up white space convinced me to add color to the edges.

how to make a gelli plate

There’s a feeling of texture just in how the paint came off the Gelli Plate®. However, I want more texture. Mini Prills helped me create that texture. First, I loosely squirted a clear drying glue, like Perfect Paper Adhesive, and sprinkled on the randomly sized Prills. The hardest part was leaving them there until the glue dried since I have patience issues. Once completely dry, I shook off any loose Prills onto a piece of loose paper then poured them back into the jar. (prills are from USArtQuest:

how to make a gelli plate

The finished print, ready for framing and now time to grab another Gelli® Print and do this all over again!

how to make a gelli plate

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Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products and stay tuned for her four new DVDs coming out from North Light this fall.

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