Monday, February 18, 2013

Can't... Stop... Gelli... Printing

As I have said before, I LOVE making prints with my Gelli printing plate. I had a few hours of time this afternoon and had a little printing party with myself. I then had to force myself to quit and clean up. I felt like someone had just told me my parents had come to pick me up... early.

Despite having limited time, I did manage to try something new with my plate. I was inspired by a fantastic instructional video on the Gelli blog that showed me how to make stamps with craft foam. Yesterday, I kinda went nuts and made ten 8 x 10 stamps using heavy foam as the backing and thin, stick-on foam for the designs. Here they are all clean and new.


As I played around with each stamp, I learned that these work best with a very thin coat of paint. I also learned to keep inking and pulling until the design is completely gone. To my delight, I was able to pull up all kinds of layers and colors for surprising effects.

These circle prints are my favorite, especially the two on the right. Both were created by using extremely thin layers of paint over previously pulled designs, kind of a lightly re-inked ghost print.









One of the other things I love about print-making... the "trash" is pretty too. These brayer papers will go into my collage pile.


I use deli paper to soak up excess paint on both the plate and the stamp. The result is a stack of beautiful, tissue-like prints that look gorgeous when layered in collage.


I can't wait to play with all my new papers. Not sure what I will create, but I know I'll have fun!

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  1. Those look so pretty. They make me want to Gelli, too. Whatever that is. :) They could make some very pretty stationary.

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    1. Thank you Katie! Being the crafty one... you would love Gelli printing! I need to have a workshop for you!

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    2. If you do teach a class on it, I would love to be your student. :)

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  2. aaah yes Jenny I know just how you feel about having to stop and put it away :):) You've created some really fab stamps and prints here!!!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I know you can relate!

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  3. Those look awesome! I LOVE the faded look of the first prints and the deli paper prints are going to look so great in your next project! I'm not really sure what that first photo is- are those the stamps you carved? I keep reading about jelli printing in all my favorite artist blogs- will have to try it at some point but it does look like a long learning curve. These the best project photos I've seen with this process by far.

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    1. Thanks Michelle... The stamps are actually made of craft foam. I used a heavy piece for the bottom, then cut stick-on foam shapes and stuck them to the top. You simply lay the stamp on top of the painted plate and lift. Being the scrapping paper crafter that you are... you would LOVE the Gelli plate. I'd love to see what you would create with it!

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  4. Really super effects on all these samples even the trash is good!!!

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    1. Thanks! I know... I can't throw any of it away!

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  5. How lovely! I love that the 'out-takes' also will be used to make something pretty.

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    1. Thanks Loulou. Yes, it is quite a delight for we trash-hoarders!

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  6. Beautiful printing....really clean prints with the foam stamps....isn't gelli plate addictive. xox

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  7. I haven't been aware of Gelli printing before. I remember the old days of using the Gocco thingie (did I spell that right?) and then saw that the bulbs needed for printing were becoming obsolete. Now this! When the dust settles I might have to try this. And your prints are fabulous. I was going to point out which ones were my favorites but then I found myself listing every one!! I so love your creativity!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much Kadee. This is such a fun technique. The best part about it... you really never know how each print will turn out. It is a wonderful, serendipitous experience.

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  8. You've got the Gelli addiction too! Your prints are fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! Too bad we don't live closer to each other!

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  9. How I would love to come print with you...a play and paint date!

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  10. beautiful, it's so addictive isn't it? i get 'worried' that if i keep adding to a print , i'll 'wreck' it - but then i just have to keep going!

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    1. Tara, I know what you mean. I just keep printing over my mistakes and suddenly something wonderful comes out!

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  11. Sensational! Can't wait to have a try. Thank you for sharing you gorgeous prints.

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    1. Thank you Clare. You do need to give it a try... so much fun!

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  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! If I ever get cleaned up in the studio to a place where I have some more space to play I will have to give this a try... All looks so amazing! and fun!

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    1. You would love it and I would love to see how you would use the plate - the colors and textures you would choose!

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  13. Woww! These papers are gorgeous!! Very nice work!! I'm trying myself printing! I'm very glad with your idea on use selfmade foam stamps! I want to practice with them! Please visit my blog! www.arte-tatorigato.blogspot.com

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