Everyone’s an Artist with a Gelli Plate
Have you heard of the Gelli Plate? It’s amazing, fun and totally addictive! You can quickly create beautiful prints for use in all your arts and crafts–scrapbooks, collages, card making, wrapping paper, wall art, ATCs (artist trading cards)… the list is endless.
It’s a clear sheet of what looks like gelatin*, but is much more durable. You throw some (just a little!) acrylic paint on it (liquid acrylics work best), brayer it out, use fingers or tools to make a design, throw a sheet of paper on, and smooth the back with fingers or brayer. Then peel it up and–voila! You’re an artist who just created something beautiful. You can then add another layer or multiple layers until you’re satisfied. So much fun!
I caught wind of this thing about a year ago, and was instantly intrigued. I ordered the 8″ x 10″ Gelli Plate and stocked up on paper and paint while I waited with bated breath. As soon as it arrived, I got started. Ooooh… this was goooood!!! I fell madly in love, obsessively Gelli-ing for hours before finally emerging from my Woman Cave covered in paint, with wild hair, glazed eyes and a huge grin.
Here’s a great video tutorial on how to use a gelli plate:
After using it to create smaller pieces like bookmarks, greeting cards, and artist trading cards, I decided a smaller one would come in handy, so I ordered the 3″ x 5″ Gelli Plate from Amazon using reward points from my credit card. (I LOVE me
some points! Many credit cards, including Chase and Citi, allow you to link your reward points to Amazon and use them for just about everything EXCEPT, unfortunately, digital items like e-books and MP3 downloads. Which is fine, because I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon in addition to digital items.)
Gelli Plates are also available in several other sizes, including a 6″ round version, which is definitely on my wish list.
There are dozens of videos on Youtube about Gelli Printing, as well as lots of Pinterest pins. Check out my “Artsy Fartsy & Daft Crafts” Pinterest board here. And stay tuned–I’ll definitely be posting some Gelli projects in the near future.
In the meantime–yes, there are some Amazon affiliate links in here. A girl’s got to support her blogging habit–umm, and her Gelli habit–somehow! LOL!
*I’ve seen recipes for home made gelatin printing plates, but it seems they just don’t work as well and aren’t nearly as durable. If you decide to make one, please let me know how it goes!