Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gelli Printing Shenanigans

Hello dears!  I have a fun project share with y'all today.  About a month ago I got up to some serious shenanigans with lots of paints and my Gelli Arts® Printing Plates.  I had so much fun that I littered my entire studio space with prints of all shapes, sizes, and of course colors!

I am absolutely in love with the whole monoprinting process.  I love how simple it is, how quick, and how versatile it is.  I really like Gelli® printing when I'm waiting on things to dry or as a quick warm up to other projects.  As such, I have tons of printed papers and tags lying about.  Most girls go for shoes, or maybe purses, but this girl goes in for lots of funky Gelli® prints and art supplies.  It's all about your priorities!  Am I right?

Here's what I got up to...

I know - I totally went to town with my prints!  It's just so much fun and so addictive that it is hard to put it down and actually stop.  I have no idea what I'm really going to use all of these things for but I have a feeling quite a few of them will end up in my Documented Life Project unPlanner this year.  

Craft paint is still some of the best paint to use with a Gelli® Plate but I had a whole box full of fabulous DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to try out.  Perfect excuse to make a mess!  I think I used every single color I had.  Maybe.  Probably.  I really enjoyed using these paints to print.  They are so fluid that it only takes a few drops and they are really very transparent.  That makes layering easy, fun, and a little challenging.  I used a set of texture combs by Faber-Castell, bubble wrap, a brayer, and loads of stencils.  I'm a huge stencil fanatic!  I mostly used stencils and masks by The Crafter's Workshop and Dina Wakley but there are a few others thrown in.  I think I even used a hand carved foam stamp or two.  Oh - and I used both my plates... the 8x10 and 3x5.  If you're new to monoprinting or aren't sure which size plate to get, I highly recommend either or both of these sizes.  They're easy to work with and accommodate most anything you want to print!

Anyway, here are the videos I made.  I hope you enjoy watching them!

I hope you enjoyed watching.  Now that I've seen the videos again I am ready to go have another printing session.  I honestly don't have the time today but I truly wish I did.  I really ought to figure out how to use these (and the oodles more) prints soon.  I think I'll just go do that now!

If you haven't pulled out and dusted off your Gelli® Plate in a while (or ever), go do so this weekend.  I know a lot of people are really intimidated by it but it's a super easy way to just play and have fun.  Prints don't have to be super elaborate or fancy.  They are supposed to be fun.  And they make a great starting point for a journal page or little piece of art to just display some where.  I like to cut them up into strips or circles and use them as accents in my DLP unPlanner.  Go make something!

I'll see you next time.

Until then,


  1. I wish I could have seen what each tag looked like. Instead it was like watching you paint and press, paint and press.

    1. I'm sorry about that Mera. I was trying to figure out how best to film and not get totally lost in the my groove. Next time I will try to do better about showing each print.


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