Everyone’s an Artist with a Gelli Plate

Gelli Print Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Gelli Print Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

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.

Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates

Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates

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

Gelli Plate Monoprints

Gelli Plate Monoprints

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!



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5 Responses

  1. Salma says:

    I’ve never heard of it before but it sounds very cool! I’ll have to check it out. I’m sure the kids would really enjoy it.

    • Auntie Blues says:

      It IS very cool & fun for kids. My son’s girlfriend is an art teacher who wrote a grant to get these for the whole class. They LOVED them. Clean up on acrylics is pretty easy, too.

  2. This looks appealing. I used to work on a lot of crafts when I was younger. Now, I’m busy writing, which is a craft in itself.

    • Auntie Blues says:

      Totally get that, but what’s cool about the Gelli Plate is that it’s fast! You HAVE to be, since acrylic paints dry fast! And yes–writing is indeed a craft and an art in itself.

  3. Link says:

    I have been playing with the Gelli’s and have also used them to teach art classes to kids, adults and with adults with disabilities. Everyone enjoys it and walks away with a piece of art they are proud of and is unique.There is endless possibilities with this product that can be used over and over again.

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