I got a great deal on a 6 x 6 Gelli Arts gelli plate at the thrift store a few days ago and today while watching KIL in Montreal I played with it and some 6 x 6 canvases. I have not tried to print on canvas before, but I think it went well. So far I just have backgrounds and don't know what I am going to do to them from here. I will post them when I finish.
I used the Gelli Plate to paint 8 sheets of labels. It was really fun. After that I used some Stamps and black ink. The final step was to add doodling with black and white pens.I took the sticker part that surrounds the labels off of the pages and added it to some wipe off pages in a couple of journals to add to the texture of the backgrounds on those pages. ( Did not take pictures of those pages.)
I am doing the Permission to Play Workshop by Carolyn Dube. She is very generous and gives you some art pdf's she call sparks of inspiration to use to build this journal, but I decided I wanted to use my Gelli Plate instead. These are the pulls I am using instead. I must say it is really fun to work on cardboard on the Gelli plate. I had a blast playing today these are the results. It is only one part of her workshop and I can't wait to get on with the rest of it.
The glycerin cost $7.00 at Natural grocers for 16oz and the gelatin was about $2.00 for 4 pkg. I would say you can get the 9 x 13 for about $13.00 even if you add more gelatin. My 8 x 10 GA plate cost $28.00 from Amazon with prime shipping. (which means I didn't pay shipping)
I would imagine that the GA plate will last much longer, so if you really plan to do a lot of printing you might need to invest the $13.00 several different times over what would be the life of the GA plate. Of course you could spend less than $13.00 and make a smaller plate.
The 8 x 10 size is a nice size. I did make a 8 x 10 and a 3 x 5 and a 3" round out of my 9 x 13 plate. Being able to remelt it and make it the size you need for the project you are working on is a plus too in my book.
Here they are side by side. The GA plate is much prettier and firmer. The HM plate is wetter, stickier, and squishier.
I put as close to the same amount of paint on them as I could. I used about the same amount as I have been using for the past month or so on the HM plate.
I put on the paint with a brayer. As you can see the paint mixed easily (too easily) on the GA plate. I used the same amount of strokes on the HM plate and still had a more blotchy look. I happen to like that.
Then I placed a stencil on top of each one. I did not have two stencils alike so I just used the only two 12 x 12 stencils I had. The flower one is a little thicker than the swirls, but I didn't think it would matter that much. It does, but I didn't figure that out until later because I used the thicker one on the HM plate and it works fine on there.
As you can see here the GA plate had way too much paint and it squished under the stencil and made a mess. The HM plate is sticky so this is not a problem I have had with it. As you can see the thicker stencil works great on the HM plate.
This is the third print I made, the second one looked pretty much just like the first. For this one I took the stencils off then pulled the print. These both look pretty good.
I decided to see if how the floral stencil would do on the GA plate with the same amount of paint I used on the first time. I thought it was more scientific to see if it was the amount of paint or the stencil that made the mess on the GA plate with the swirls stencil. As you can see if you click on the pictures above. The floral stencil made almost as much of a mess as the swirls on the first print.
I decided to use the floral stencil with less paint and see if I would get a better result. As you can see above the first pull did not print well at all. So I removed the stencil and pulled another print. It is not as clear at this point as when I used more paint.
My conclusion is that the squishier and wetter HM plate is better for stencils. At this point I am a little disappointed in the pulls I get with stencils on my new GA plate. I do like how much easier it is to clean and that it is not scarred up by the stencils. Below are some pulls I made after I put up the HM plate and just played with the GA plate.
I tried several different types of texture tools and I admit that I love the GA plate with most of the other tools I am used to using. I will continue to play, but I must conclude at this point that the only real advantage to the GA plate over the HM plate is its sturdiness and ease of cleaning.
This is the next to the last update I am going to do on my homemade Gelli Plate. I think it has proven itself worthy. If you don't mind re melting it every two or three sessions, it is a very affordable choice. I must admit I have really enjoyed playing with it, but I am expecting a Gelli Arts Gelli Plate from Amazon today. I am excited. I will do a side by side comparison soon.
Yesterday I cut my homemade plate into an 8 x 10 and a 5 x 3 and a 3" round. I played with all of them today and it was fun. The little ones do give you additional abilities, but really I felt like they were more distracting than helpful.
The first picture is of some stickers-dots, labels, address stickers, and hole reinforcements. The third picture is pages in a couple of catalogs that I am turning into art Journals.
I am finally at the stage where I can make signatures out of these and bind them into 2 journals.
The prints below except for the first 4 are on the backs of some of my earlier prints. I am planning to use these as signatures in an art journal or two. Some of my paper is 8 1/2 x 11, and some is 8 1/2 x 14. So my plan is to make one journal out of each size. I still have to print on the back of most of my 8 1/2 x 11 sheets so I need at least one more session to get this project into the construction phase. The first picture is the front and back of a catalog that I intend to print my way through and then use as an art journal. The second and third pictures are of the front and back of a mailing envelope that I intend to use as the cover for the journal made out of the 8 1/2 x 11 paper. The fourth picture is of some cut down manila file folders to use as inserts in the journals.
These pictures are my favorites out of the session as in the past posts.
It has been 3 1/2 weeks since I first made my homemade Gelli Plate. I have remelted it 4 times and used it about 8 times including the times my daughter used it. It is still not having any mold problems. I do still have issues with it becoming scarred and tearing in places after a long session. The good news is that when I remelt it, it is as good as new. Below are two pictures the one on the left is the plate after the first remelt. The one on the right is after the 4th remelt and then 1 use. It is darker in color now and has some paint flecks floating inside, but the paint flecks do not seem to mar the surface.
The plate is two weeks old and has not been stored in the refrigerator. No mold and it worked great today. I did get some breakdown in the surface, so I will melt and reform it before I play again. So far so good. I did like the smaller size better. I think I am going to make some even smaller to play with next time, and see what I think.