Fun With The Gelli Plate

With some of my Christmas gift loot, I bought myself the super duper sized Gelli Plate from Gelli Arts.  If you haven't seen them, give them a Google and check 'em out!  The possibilities are absolutely endless with this cool art tool!

I haven't had too much time to play with it yet, but I thought I would share what I had made so far.  Perhaps it will inspire you to try this product too if you think it would be a good tool for your art supply arsenal.

I used regular acrylics, metallic acrylics, dimensional paint and liquid watercolors.

Gelli printing on postcard and index cards

Gelli printing on cardstock

Gelli printing on cardstock circle, bookmark blank and small shipping tag

Next, I took a couple of those circles and cut them up to become substrates for some art magnets I will make in the future.  I added some sparkly dimensional paint to the surface of the magnets and I really like how they turned out.  Very colorful and cool!

Magnets-to-be made with Gelli printed paper

I also printed on some salvaged typing paper.  This is the stuff that back in the day would have been called a "flimsy" (the carbon copy of a typed letter).  This paper is stronger than tissue but still very light weight and is a dream to use in collage art.  I have a ton of this stuff so I made several sheets of it in my first attempts with my Gelli plate.

Below are some examples of the results.  I have taken the 8.5" X 11" gelli-printed typing paper and glued them into my Strathmore Mixed Media journal (5.5" X 8") so that they can be the bases for future journal pages.  The scraps trimmed away from the journal page have been kept to be used as well.

Here are a couple of those journal pages:

Journal page using Gelli printed typing paper

Journal page using Gelli printed typing paper (and scraps added from the first page above)

Journal page using Gelli printed typing paper (and stamped circles, paint doodles)

Journal page using Gelli printed typing paper

Lastly, here is a photo of one of the Gelli printed pieces of typing paper glued to a piece of salvaged masonite for a mixed media art piece.  The photo really does not do it justice.  There is TONS of texture and dimension to this substrate, probably because of the gold acrylic paint and the sheerness of the paper.  Can't wait to create something on this!

Gelli-printed typing paper over masonite substrate

8 comments:

Boo said...

Joanna, on the cardstock cirlce... how did you get those tiny lines that look like veins?

I love these pieces.

Jane said...

Those are rather cool! I have the smaller gelli plate and love it!

Carolyn Dube said...

What fabulous gelli prints you've made!

Sharon said...

Spectacular pages...love the doodles you have added. By the way... I keep forgetting to let you know that I mailed you the journey journal last week.

Joanna Grant said...

Boo, I used some funky fibers for that look. The kind of funky stuff that all those cool scarves are knitted with these days. If you have seen any of my bookmarks you'll know the kinds of fibers I mean, as I use them for tassels on the bookmarks. Hope that is clear. If not, let me know and I will take a photo of those fibers and post them for you. Cheers! Joanna

Joanna Grant said...

Thanks, Sharon, I am looking forward to working on that journal!

Erin Fish said...

You have really inspired me with this post. Your prints are beautiful! I have a Gelli plate, and love it, but haven't really given it the opportunity to show me what it can do!

Boo said...

Thank you, Joanna. I know the ones you are talking about.