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.