Hi crafty friends!
I recently purchased a 6 x 6 Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts and needed to try it out. I have never used a gel plate before so I myself am a beginner as I experiment and play with creating backgrounds with my gel plate. You can see the process here.
The plate comes in a clamshell package and once opened it is covered by a sheet of acetate on either side. It is a good idea to keep these, including the packaging to keep your plate protected as you store it.
To begin using it I removed only one acetate sheet and left the other. I felt this would help me lift the plate and keep it stiff as I transferred it to my art journal (from my stash). I feel it also helped with applying even pressure.
Then I got my paints. For your color, you can use any acrylic paints you have on hand. I pulled out a bunch from my stash, but I only used:
- Light foliage green: Ceramcoat #02537
- Yellow Lemon: FolkArt #226
- Aquamarine: Apple Barrel #20774
- Pretty in pink: Apple Barrel #21339
I also used an old plastic palette to put my paint onto. If you don’t have a paint palette, you can also use any piece of plastic, acetate, or even an acrylic block.
I put small globs of paint onto my palette. Then picking up paint by using a brayer (by Speedball) I rolled some paint onto my gel plate. Again if you do not have a brayer you can use a paint brush, sponge, an old gift card or just about anything you can think of! The beauty of the gel plate comes from the texture you add to the plate.
This texture can be added using almost anything, the sky is the limit. I used a stencil and stamp (honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz and a polka dot foam stamp from a pack of Faber Castell gelatos) but some other ideas would be scrunched up foil or plastic wrap, a comb, sponge, the back of a paintbrush, toilet paper rolls, you get the idea!
Once you have your gel plate covered in paint and you have added any texture of your choice, you can lift it and flip it paint side down onto your paper or pad. You can also leave it down and place your paper onto the gel plate instead. For both methods, you want to add even firm pressure all over the plate, and give enough time for the paint to transfer from gel plate to paper.
If you have any paint left on the plate after transferring your color, you can grab another piece of paper or page and by pressing the paper to the plate again you will be able to lift some or the rest of the paint that is left on it.
That is basically it! There are so many different kinds of backgrounds that you can create and each will always be unique. You can use your gel paint backgrounds for art journaling, card making, scrapbooking or any paper craft you enjoy creating. I hope you will consider giving this a try and have enjoy!
Thank you for stopping by!
Until next time, XoXo!