Gelli Plate Florals


You can make really cool floral backgrounds with gelli plates, too! Let me show you a couple I made recently.

I began by rolling out a layer of iridescent blue/green Pebeo acrylics with my brayer. You already know I am on a mission to use every one of the stencils I own, so I looked in my box and grabbed this floral stencil from Joggles and placed it on top of the paint layer.

I placed a sheet of card stock over the stencil and smoothed it down with my hand, making sure to pick up the color through the stencil. This was the print I made. I liked it but knew I could do more.

Without lifting the stencil, I added a layer of flourescent pink over the top of the stencil and onto the gelli plate underneath.

This is what it looked like at that point. Hahaha! Hopeful!

I removed the stencil, then made a print using a sheet of card stock. I love this one! Both colors share the beauty and are represented equally due to the way I made my layers.

I did not clean my gelli plate because I don’t do that. Ever. Hahahaha! I love texture! You see here I grabbed tubes of Dina Wakley‘s magenta and blackberry violet acrylics.

I used my brayer to roll out a layer of the blackberry all over the gelli plate. Then I placed the same flower stencil on top – I didn’t clean it either. Cause I’m like that. Hahahahaha! I ain’t got time for that. Hahahahaha!

I left the stencil in place and placed a sheet of card stock on top and made a print. I like that it not only picked up the blackberry but also picked up some of the green from the stencil itself.

Next I left the stencil in place and rolled out a layer of that magenta. Right over the top of the gelli plate and the stencil.

Then I removed the stencil and placed a sheet of card stock on top of the gelli plate and smoothed it down all over. Then pulled this print. I wasn’t liking the clumpiness of the blackberry acrylic. I guess my tube is pretty old and it left clumps here and there. I still like the lift – I just feel grumpy because of the clumpies. Yes, I am uber tired. Can you tell?

I rolled out a layer of purple craft paint and put the stencil on top.

And lifted away some of the color with a clean up sheet of paper.

Then with the stencil still in place I rolled out a layer of that pretty fluorescent pink from before.

Here you go. Still a little clumpy in places but that’s ok .

I removed the stencil and this is what the gelli plate looked like at that point. You can see the purple that was underneath the stencil and the pink that I brayered on around the stencil.

And I pulled my last print. Sorry, not real clear here. But I have photos of each print dry and in natural light. Let me show you.

I love each one! But you don’t have to do florals! This technique of triple layering will work with any stencil you want to use. A stencil with lots of openings works best! I love playing with my gelli plates and seeing the colors and textures I can achieve. A couple of you mentioned you were going to try some of the gelli plate projects I’ve been showing you. I hope you will. It is super fun!

When you read this – Mark and I will be flying to Florida. We are going south for a few days on a food run. And I am not even joking. The thing I miss the most about the south is the food. We have one diner here close to our home and they just don’t understand southern. Hahahaha! We have a list of restaurants we are going to while we are there. We hope to spend a day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but it really depends on the temperatures. I have a thyroid disease that causes me not to be able to handle heat very well. So that one we will play by ear. Also the police department we are both retired from is having a Christmas luncheon and we are going to it hoping to run into some old friends. I am trying to schedule a couple posts ahead of time to run while I’m gone. I may not get around to answering your comments until we get back home. And I don’t fly well but I do have patches and pills. So I am ready! Florida – here we come!

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18 thoughts on “Gelli Plate Florals

  1. Have a great trip and thanks for the info on gelli printing…I hope to do more in the foreseeable that vendor season is almost over..Thanks for the tips…

  2. I bought a plate recently and must get round to playing. Will definitely be using your techniques! I have thyroid issues too amongst many others and can sympathise with the heat problem. I only have to move sometimes to find myself dripping with sweat! Anyway, just focus on all that yummy food xx

  3. Loved your prints! Have fun in Florida! I have the same food issues with lobster. It is really yucky in Ohio, I miss my Maine lobster!

    • thank you, we are back home now and had a great time! I took food pictures, too, hahahaha! I will be making a post before long

  4. Hope you have a super time in Florida & do manage to make contact with old friends. Take care with the weather – that’ll be a shock in comparison to the snow. My favourites of these pulls are the pink & green plus the pink & purple. Again, fascinating watching your process.
    Do take care of yourselves. Think I’m caught up again – it’s these working days that throw my commenting out……

    • it’s ok, I understand about your commenting. I just enjoy reading them and seeing your interpretation when you have time to post <3

  5. Enjoy your time in Florida. You are a woman of extremes as far as temperature goes – from the snows of Maine to Florida. I’m sure you’ll cope better than I would! Enjoy your friends and your visit and all the eating you can do. And I’ll just keep gazing at these prints in the mean time! Next year – for sure, I’ll gelli plating and I’m sharing the results with you first of all!

    • I’d love to see what you do with the gelli plates. and I am sure you will think of ways to use them that I haven’t tried yet

  6. A food run to Florida – lol!!! I love the sound of that. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful time.

    Thanks again for the gelli plate posts! I haven’t done much gelli printing and never on my own. I’m keeping the links to the posts you’ve shared with us so far and in January … I plan to take the plunge!!

    • let me know if you need help 🙂 and yes, the food run was a success and for no obvious reason I lost 1 pound. weird.

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