Once in a while you meet an art supply that makes you weak in the knees. My latest crush... the gelli print block. Just touching its wiggly surface makes me smile. Once I add paint to it, well... I am transported to a happy land of paint-covered marshmallows and clouds.
I bought my Gelli block at Blick Art Supply and was able to use a 40% off coupon, but you can also order them from Interweave.
I used all my acrylic paints, from the cheapies to the Golden and they all worked like a charm. You need a brayer, but you can use anything to make your marks; an old credit card, a spoon, a jar lid, etc. I used lots of different papers and found that the thinner papers worked best for me. However, I am new to this and I probably need to play around more with my paint thickness.
After the paint dried, I added some stamps using some of my carved rubber stamps. I use Staz-on ink because it is permanent. You can add water or any other mediums to it and it will indeed stay on! I have already started cutting some of my printed papers and using them for collages.
If I haven't enticed you yet, you need to see this amazing video from the Gelli blog. I have not tried this technique yet, but isn't it wonderful? The blog is filled with great tutorials.
My friend Dudley Redhead has created some stellar prints with her Gelli. Take a look at some of her lovelies.
Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you get a chance to be crafty!