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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My latest obsession -- My Gelli Plate!!!

I was first introduced to the Gelli Plate by my dear friend Terry Quinn with The Queen's Ink. She was teaching a class in Gelli Plate techniques and I volunteered to help her. We played one evening in her home studio so I could get accustomed to it. Then I was invited to join a very fun group of ladies for a long weekend at Stamp Camp. We decided to pull out the Gelli Plates that Saturday and went crazy pulling all sorts of gorgeous prints right and left. There were papers strewn all over the place, one prettier than the next. I was hooked! 

I was playing in my own 'studio' of sorts this past weekend and spotted my Gelli Plate, minding its own business, laying nice and clean in its nicely fitted clamshell package on my bookshelf. Not for long. I pulled that bad boy out along with a brand new ream of crisp white card stock, and the fun began. Before I knew it, I was running upstairs to find combs and various kitchen tools I could use to make more and more new marks and designs in my freshly brayered layer of acrylic paints. Here are some of the prints that I ended up with: 


I really liked the way this one came out. It was a ghost pull through a stencil of small circles and captured a lot of the previously used images. I love all the little flecks of the metallic paints I used. (Can you tell I like circles??? Just sayin'!)


This one ended up being one of my favorites, and I almost chucked it. It was that last layer of the flourish stencil that really made it pop with depth and layers. 



 


Another favorite - hence the background and header of my blog! I LOVE turquoise and really loved the crackle pattern I got. The flourish kind of pulled it together. 



The background of this one that looks like a chain link fence was actually an inner piece of corrugated cardboard that someone at stamp camp was going to throw away, until the sharp eye of Ellen Vargo saw its worth on the Gelli Plate. 











So here's the stack of prints I had at the end of last weekend, many of these pages are printed on both sides. That was the my original plan, make a handful of double sided prints to make into a small journal, however, I got just a tad carried away into Gelli Plate euphoria. HELP - I've fallen on my Gelli Plate and I can't get up!!! 

The scene of the crime! 

If you haven't tried a Gelli Plate, you don't know what fun you're missing! Its one of the most inexpensive tools in my art arsenal, and quickly becoming my favorite. The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD carries them. If you're not a local, you can always find them online at the Gelli Arts Website

I saw a recent YouTube video about some brand new tools especially made for the Gelli Plate, The Catalyst Wedge Tools for use in wipe out mono printing. Check out the video here. I ordered mine (shocker!) and received them the other day. I've been too busy this week to give them a test run, but that will be what I reach for the next time I get to play in my studio. They are very high quality, sturdy, and a great price. They feel great in your hand, they have a nice weight to them. I was pleasantly surprised at what I got for my money. I'll be sure to post some pics of what I come up with using them.  

51 comments:

  1. Absolutely FABulous! Your prints are so amazing - I can't wait to see what you do with the Catalyst tools - I've got mine, too - will be fun to play with. Hugs! Ellen x

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  2. Love your prints...now I have to order those tools!!! I too love metallics {in anything}!

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  3. AWESOME!!! Love the prints, love the swirls, everything!!! No gelli plate here........yet :)

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  4. WOW!!! These prints are amazingly beautiful! I think I might need to check out the Gelli Plate and tools!!! Thanks for the link to the shop and video link!!

    Welcome to the blogging world! I've become a new follower!!!

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  5. WOW! Thanks so much ladies! I really appreciate the nice comments and the new members!

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  6. Congrats on your new blog! Beautiful work.

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  7. Hey Patti... lovely to see your art and your new blog... Ellen keeps on about the Gelli Plate... and I can see the attraction ... seriously GORGEOUS patterns you have there... yummo! TFS x

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    1. Thanks so much Hels! I really appreciate the kind words. The Gelli Plate is very captivating - you'll get hooked for sure.

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  8. Lovely papers! I went to watch the Gelli videos. Looks like so much fun!

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    1. Hey there Girl! Its a lot of fun for sure! Thanks for dropping by!

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  9. Your papers are awesome! I love my plate!

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    1. Thanks a million Roben-Marie. A high compliment coming from you!

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  10. Loving your prints, it is so addictive. I won the Catalyst Wedge Tools from Gelli so I am going to test them out tomorrow. I really love how they feel too. No doubt I will end up with a massive stack of prints tomorrow, but they are great for making cards. Everyone should have a Gelli plate!

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    1. Lucky you! You'll love them. I didn't have those tools when I did the actual prints for this post, but I have them now. My next post will have some prints where I used the Catalyst tools. And you are right, its very addictive!

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  11. Those are the best prints I have seen yet!!! Love your style!!

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  12. These are amazing Patti - I am so glad I have a gelli plate on order! You are one creative and inspiring lady. <3

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Trexxann! I do love doing it. Once I get on a roll its hard to stop!

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  13. You have some beautiful prints! Your circle one (with the ghosts) is beyond amazing!!!

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    1. Really cool in person where you can see the depth of layers. Thanks

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  14. Loving your prints - especially those monochromatic ones. Gorgeous!!

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  15. haha! I know exactly how you feel about your gel plate. Mine is calling out to me regularly to come and play for just a bit, but I know better. My whole house will be covered with prints before I know what's happening to me! I love it, and I LOVE your prints!! Wow! You got some really amazing results here. They are all fantastic! I'm interested to see what you end up doing with these. I made a journal, I've used some in collage, and in other projects. Just way too many gel prints to make and use, and so little time!! :)

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    1. Funny you say that Debbie. My husband always says, Babe, what are you going to do with All those papers? I do plan to make some journals and will probably collage and use some pieces in My art journal

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  16. these are absolutely amazing. I like the first one, I like the last one, and I like everything in between, ;) it looks like you must have printed up the whole ream of paper, lol. I love all the textures you have created (how did you get the crackle look?)and I love the metallic touches. I can't wait to play, my gelli plate came yesterday, got some new stencils and dylutions spray inks today. it's gonna be a fun weekend hibernating from the snow and playing.

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    1. You'll have a blast with you gelli plate! I haven't used inks with mine. Let me know how that works out. Thanks for the kind words

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    2. I am addicted to the gelli plate!! Look at all the awesomeness you have created-LOVE your papers!

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    3. Thank you Linda. I just finished making another batch a few minutes ago. Another post coming soon!

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  17. These are fantastic! The ink totally pops.....isn't this a great party. xox

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    1. It sure is Corrine. I love seeing everyone's work.

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  18. i just want to tell you how impressed i am with what you've created. :) well done!

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    1. Thanks Teddi. Hope you joined my blog.

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  19. I love these they are so amazingly beautiful! How do you get the white to stand out. I have to try it out sometime thanks for the link to the site to buy the gelli plate. Also you cracked me up the entire time! Thanks for the laughs, your funny!
    Chandra

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    1. Glad you were entertained Juniper. And thank you for joining my blog. I'm not sure which prints you mean about the white, but if you can point me to which ones you mean I'll be happy to explain as best I can.

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    1. Thank you Jane! Thanks for stopping by too! Hope you joined my blog. More to come!

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  21. I'm usually all about wild and crazy colors. But these more subtle colors are just beautiful. Opens my eyes to more opportunities to play!


    ;-> Felicia
    The Journal Junkie
    Blog: http://feliciathejournaljunkie.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love the bright funky colors too, but try everything. Hope you have fun playing.

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  22. Jaw-droppingly stunning! What adorable colors .. would you mind telling me which kind of paints you used? Love the shimmer of them and the crackle ... Absolutely beautiful. Suzanne

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    1. Thanks very much. The crackle is done with a stamp roller. The paints with the shimmer are the Pebeo Studio acrylic DYNA colors. I find them at www.fineartstore.com.

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  23. wow! that is one fab batch of prints. what you going to do with them all? great to see some projects using them next. x

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    1. Thanks Clare. I did make some notecards with matching envelopes. I did a video and a blog post showing those. I plan to make some journals as well. I'll post what I do. Thanks for stopping by.

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  24. Thank you Patti for sharing your wonderful ideas! I just received my 1st Gelli plate and looking at your fabulous prints has given me loads of ideas, I love the crackle effect you have achieved.Is the crackle effect made with just the roller?

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    1. Hi there and welcome! Yes, the crackle effect on these prints are from using my stamp roller in the crackle pattern. Check out my more recent post. I found a couple crackle stencils that I use for a top layer of crackle pattern too. You'll have a ball with your gelli plate!

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  25. Hi Patty...very new to the Gelli Plate scene. I watched with fascination your video using clear contact paper and I'm hooked. I have a question for you. When the print is finished and no longer sticky on the back, how do you use it? Do you or can you adhere it to another surface and if so, on what and what have you used to adhere it? Thanks and print on! Linda K.

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    1. Hey Linda. Welcome to the craze! I cut one up and used it on a journal page with Collage Pauge. I've also used Elmer's glue with a wet brush to adhere another one to the cover of a Moleskine journal. I've put pics of both in other more recent blog posts, as well as pics on my new InkyObsessions FaceBook page. Also, check out my YT videos. I show how I do my prints on some and more recently showed how I used the tape on the journal page I mentioned. Thanks for the note! Print on! (I love that!)

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  26. These are some of my favorite prints yet!! I love the colors (I really like browns), I love circles and flourishes... so you hit it out of the park as far as I'm concerned. Then to top it off, your quote, "Help, I've fallen on my Gelli Plate and can't get up"!!! hahahaha
    Thanks for sharing.
    Vee
    www.madeactually.com

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  27. Hi Patti...watching your videos on the Gelli plate left me drooling to try it out. Of course I couldn't find one up here in the frozen wasteland (Calgary, Canada) so I jumped right on the ole internet to order it from Gelli Arts. Patience not a strong suit but it finally came today....now I consider myself pretty intelligent and arty but the only bloody thing I am pulling is my hair!!! I followed all your steps and wanted to keep it simple so I used acrylic paints, stencil girls (yup internet!) stencils..dried between layers...and got a mess. Not wanting to give up I continued torturing myself over and over again, with the same results - nada. Most of the time it didn't want to come up and stuck on the plate. I used lots of different papers, from my watercolor to stamping but none seem right. Can you please help me before I am hairless and Gelli less!

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