Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Day 27 - Another art supply you must have, seriously!

 An arty post today about gelli printing

 A link to a you tube video was posted in one of my facebook groups about making your own gelli printing plate. There is one here and here.  It only had 3 ingredients so I thought, well why not give it a go. So I did.
The basic recipe as given by The Frugal Crafter(the first video) is
1 1/2 cups of cold water
1 1/2 cups of glycerine
 6 tablespoons of gelatine
mix together and warm gently in a saucepan till the gelatine is dissolved. At this stage mine still looked cloudy but I didn't want it to harden or go gluggy so I poured it into the tray and skimmed off any air bubbles or white filmy stuff. I just bought a cheap container from the $2 shop that had a lid on it for storing. Just remember to leave it to set with NO lid on or you will get condensation on the top and it will not then be flat to print on. Also, it is winter here so I let it set out of the fridge and it was fine. It easily pops out when set.
As it set it became transparent.Apparently the glycerine stops the mix from going mouldy so it should last a long time.

 I love this part, lifting up the cardstock to reveal what is underneath
 I can see so much potential here
 Look at all those lovely patterns and colours

  I still have to get the right amount of paint on the gelli plate but each print got better and better.

 I can see background papers for art journal spreads, patterned papers for use in cards and bookmarks, great backgrounds for doodles, the list is endless

 these almost look like batik

While it won't replace my usual background making in my journal, I will be playing with this again and using it to compliment my backgrounds. It is so quick and easy that it is a great addition to my art supplies.



Cindy E. said...

Those are great prints, Lee. How big of a gelli plate did this recipe make? I have a commercially made 8" x 10" one, but sometimes a larger size would be helpful; smaller, too!

Cara said...

Wow, you made some really awesome looking papers! I had no idea you could -make- a gelli plate. How cool!

Raine said...

Great job, Lee!!! What beautiful prints! As a constant over-achiever, I have all 3 Gelli plates. I'm considering cutting the large one down to 8 1/2 x 11 but I'm not sure. Now I know I can make one if I want. I have several plastic "box frames" that would be perfect to mold my own plate. Thanks for the instructions!

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