I found a bright color palette that I wanted to use for a kit and thought it would be a perfect time time make use of my Gelli Plate from Gelli Arts! I videoed my session – but totally messed up on the lighting (lesson learned) but I was able to rescue some still shots for you.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with mono printing, it’s the process of laying down paint on a surface – in this case a slab of solid gelatin – and then adding various textures, stencils and hand drawn marks. When you lay a piece of paper (or cloth or wood or metal) over the surface and rub, the paint is transferred to the paper and results in a wonderful print. It’s called “mono” printing because this method generally yields only one print – although with the right technique you can often get a second or even third print. The individual prints are very cool as is, but you can let a print dry and then layer another print (and another and another) on top to create an even more unique and yummy design. Mono printing has been around forever, but Gelli Arts is the first company (I think) to develop a gelatin-based plate for the mass market. And oh what a craze they’ve started in the creative community! Gelli Plating is completely addicting and if you try it, I’m sure you’ll fall in love too!
I used inexpensive acrylic crafts paints and a variety of papers – old music sheets, ledger paper and plain old copy paper. After about 30 minutes I had enough prints – about 25 – so I let them dry before scanning. Are you wondering what I did with them? I used the scanned images in my papers and embellishment for a new kit!