Gelli Plate Prints, India Ink And Zentangles

What to do with all those Gelli plate printed papers???  Hmmm.  Well, I think this is a pretty unique way to use them and super simple too.

I took a piece of paper that I had monoprinted on with my Gelli plate.  I hadn't been too happy with how this   particular piece had turned out and tried to figure out what I could do to improve it so that I would actually use it in my art.  (Sorry, I didn't take a scan of the page without anything on it so I could show you each step.)

I took my India ink and with an eyedropper, started at one end of the long side of the paper (it's 8.5 X 11 copy paper) and drizzled the India ink liberally along the edge so it would run down the page in multiple streams of varying length.  Then I set it aside to dry.

When it was dry, I turned the paper around and did the same thing again from the other end of the long side, allowing the ink to link up with some of the drizzles from the previous step.  After it was dry, I touched up each of the ends to form a border of black ink and let it dry again.

Then I decided to do some journaling and zentangle inspired doodling in the spaces created by the drizzles of India ink.  I used my Uniball Vision gel pen (permanent) because it flows quite nicely over the paint on the page.  I alternated between journaling and doodling as I moved across the page, and I turned the page as I worked to make it more interesting to try and read the text.  (It reads "go with the flow" and "bend but never break.")  Here's what it looks like partly done.





And here is the finished page, which I think I will glue into a journal.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out and it was a great solution, I think, for a piece I wasn't very happy with to start.  Now, I can hardly see all the things I didn't like about the print.  I think I'll try this again!

Have a great day everyone!
Joanna



17 comments:

Erin Fish said...

LOVE this idea Joanna. It looks like you had ripped the paper and glued it onto a black background. Fabulous!

Cindy Easter said...

I thought the paper was ripped in strips!! I'll definitely be giving this a try. Very clever idea, Joanne.

Joanna Grant said...

Thanks, gals. Funny, I hadn't thought that it looked like it was ripped in strips and pasted onto black paper, but that's probably because I know the whole process I went through. Now that you mention it, it does look that way. How fun to have your perspective on it! Cheers! Joanna

Coleen said...

I too thought it was ripped strips at first, Joanna. What a fun way to change up a paper. I make a lot of papers, some I like better than others so this is a nice idea. Thanks for posting your tut. So great how artists can get ideas from one another.

Blessings from Ukraine, Coleen

Ginny Markley said...

What a great idea and what a gorgeous result! I will have to try this with my Gelli prints that I am not so fond of. Thanks for the inspiration my friend! BTW..perfect timing, I am introducing my art group to Zentangles today!

Connie Rose said...

Very cool, very effective!

cal8007 said...

Thanks, Joanna, now I know what to do with all my rejects that I was saving just for this outstanding idea!

Carmen L

Beverley Baird said...

Great way to use those lovely gelli papers!

Vicki Romaine said...

I am glad I chose to comment on your bird piece. I love the ghost affect. Also enjoyed looking at your other pieces on that page. Especially like one of the flower pieces.

Hairball Alley said...

very inspiring...thanks...I'm new to gelli printing...got my plate today...I zentangle, and doodle...so this is a great idea...there are plenty of prints that I am not happy with already, that might be saved! Thanks...I will check out more of your posts if I can tear myself away from my new Gelli Plate

Hairball Alley said...

I just saw one of your prints on Etsy...the cat that says Put Your Big Girl Panties On...oddly enough my AKA is The Big Girl...you can also find me under Robin Amy Bass... I have 5 cats, a blog, FB page and a website and Zazzle page under Hairball Alley, where I am The Big Girl- CCO - Chief Cat Officer:)...I'm going to keep my eye on that print!

Joanna Grant said...

Wonderful to hear from the CCO of Hairball Alley. Your posts gave me a great laugh! Cheers! Joanna

Joanna Grant said...

Thanks so much, Vicki!

Win Dinn said...

What a fun idea, and the results are fabulous!

kathleen codyrachel said...

I just love this! Great way to change a dull print and give space for writing or doodling or both -who doesn't have a few prints that are not up to snuff?

Lissa Goldsmith said...

Joanna, I love this, it looks like you ripped the papers and pasted it on a black background!

gloria browning said...

I am getting up and doing this right now..... thanks to you so much......!