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Gelli Plate Artwork

Happy Halloween!

This simple card was created using a Gelli Arts gel plate (aka Gelli Plate), acrylic paint, watercolor crayons, markers, stamps, a homemade mask and ink. All stamps are from Quick Art (pair of pumpkins, two sets of eyes, two mouths and the text.) Directions for the card can be found in the most recent eArticle, “Gelli Plates and Stamps“.

Nancie, VSN

New Gelli Plates and Stamp eArticle Now Posted!

Gelli Plates and Stamps eArticle Cover

VSN’s newest FREE eArticle, “Gelli Plates & Stamps” has just been posted on the website. Don’t have a Gelli Plate or don’t know what it is? Don’t let that stop you. This eArticle will help you decide whether this is a tool that you want to add to your wish list!

The Gelli Arts Gel Plate (aka “Gelli Plate”) is a wonderful tool for stampers. You can use it to create backgrounds, collages and layered cards. Easier to use than a traditional gelatin plate because you don’t have to make the plate from scratch each time, a Gelli Plate is a lot of fun and also a great way to use up excess acrylic craft paints that you don’t want just drying up in your craft stash.

This eArticle introduces Gelli Plates with their advantages and disadvantages so you can decide if this is a tool you want to purchase. It looks the supplies you’ll need (you probably already have them), including commercial and homemade tools to create texture and pattern, types of paint and the surfaces you can use with a gel plate. It also covers tips for setting up your work area and how to clean and store your gel plate.

Techniques include Basic Prints, Removing Paint (Stencils, Dry Embossed Paper, Soft Art Combs, Homemade Combs, Sea Sponges, Soft Tools), Masking Strategies, Using Stamps (Directly on the Plate, Removing Paint with a Stamp, Adding Paint with a Stamp, Stamp As Mask, Masking a Stamp Image, Water-Based Paint Resist, Permanent Paint or Ink on Top), and Embellishing a Dry Monotype (Adding Color, Doodling).

65 half-sized pages designed to view comfortably on your computer screen and is also printable! (pdf version.) Color photos of technique steps. 14 beautiful stamp art examples of the techniques covered.

I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think.

Nancie, VSN

Gelli Plate Stamped Leaf Background

Gelli Print Leaf Background

(Acrylic paint monotype. Leaf: PSX)

This is one of the stamped Gelli Plate monotypes I created during yesterday’s play. This time around, I was focusing on creating background papers using a single image stamped repeatedly into the paint on the plate. This particular stamp is mostly solid, with fine lines showing the veins of the leaf. Notice how the monotype is picking up the edges and negative spaces of the stamp instead of the solid areas as you would see if you inked the stamp itself and then printed it on paper. The full print is about 8″ x 10″ and so could be cut into smaller pieces to create fun fall backgrounds for cards.

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