I love working with gelli plates!
You never know how it is going to turn out,
but it is almost always wonderful!
Awhile back, I was at an art class and we
were using gelli plates –
I was working with an art journal
and some stencils.
On the right hand side, I did the above page
using an overlap technique with lemon and grape.
I have a habit of keeping some blank pages handy
to rub my brayer on after I roll out a color.
This way I don’t waste paint, and I have
some really cool pages to play with later.
The left hand page worked as my scrap
and I brayered some leftover lemon.
Then I used a stencil to drop in some grape.
The instructor in the class I was attending
said you shouldn’t ever mix yellow and purple
because you would get “mud.”
I took that as a personal challenge.
Above is the second ‘pull’ I did.
The challenge is “the why” for this next set of pages.
I did the gelli pulls and got the first two
pages you see.
That night in my hotel room,
I used a Zensations Sarasa Fineliner
from Zebra Pen to do some tangling on the first.
These other four pages are much smaller.
They were bits of watercolor paper I took to the
class – specifically to roll leftover color onto.
I closed the book and smooshed the pages
together and got a really cool mix of the
stenciled ghost circles and the brayered
Then, I took these four scraps and placed
them into book – back and back and
side by side, closed the book again and
smooshed like crazy.
I was amazed at how much detail I was
still able to get. And really –
not mud at all!
So there is a way to use the
colors you like and
not get mud.
If you just think about it first
and go in with a plan.
For color I used
So much fun!