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Friday, November 01, 2013

Gelli Prints

It has been awhile since I posted so I thought I would share some of the fun I have been having with my gelli plate recently.

These first 2 samples were done using the transfer technique. (I saw this on the Gelli Arts YT channel here)  However, I changed the medium to which I transferred the print.  I also did not use the first step and did not mask off areas on the first layer.

  • I layered the paint on the gelli plate being sure to let each layer dry COMPLETELY before adding another layer.
  • Once all layers are on and last one dried. I put an 8 1/2 x 11 self-laminating sheet on the plate sticky side down to the paint.  
  • Then I used my bone folder to make sure the laminating sheet was securely adhered to the paint below.
  • I slowly pulled up the sheet and voila my completed print.

With this next example I followed the steps above but I was not patient enough for the last layer to dry so some of the paint stayed on the gelli plate and I was left with some "blank" or clear spots on the transfer.  These were still sticky however so I added some copper Perfect Pearls powder as shown in the original Gelli Arts video. Problem solved.

These samples above will either be used as backgrounds or cut as layers for cards or atc's or scrapbook pages or Project life layouts.  There are as many uses as your imagination can conjure.

The next 2 photos are of the front and back cover of a journal I made.  they were printed on simple cotton muslin then adhered to chipboard.

The next 2 photos are the front and back of a journal I have made for NanoJourmo As I am going to try some art journaling.  I have done a few pages in my mixed media journal but not with great success - in my eyes anyway.  And that was before my discovery of the gelli plate.  What I have found the greatest thing about the gelli plate is that it has taken away my fear of making layers.  I am not sure why I just couldn't do it straight to the page but once I saw the gelli plate being used I was drawn to it - and to layers.

For this final example I was inspired but this Andy Skinner YT video and I created this art for a family friend who was brutally attacked thanksgiving weekend in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Scott Jones is 27.  He is a pianist, organist and choir director, and a wonderful person who was out celebrating with friends the opening of a friend's art gallery.  The friend he was with was distracted and he was stabbed twice in the back and the attacker attempted to slit his throat.  On a positive note Scott survived this vicious attack.  On a more difficult note he is paralyzed from the waist down as his spinal cord was severed.  Sadly since there was no attempt to rob Scott of anything except his life, it is believed he was attacked because he is openly gay.

This art will be framed and sent to Scott.

This print is done on Polaroid canvas paper.  I thought the quote from Zadie Smith appropriate.  Scott is recovering in hospital still and in a couple weeks hopes to be transferred to a rehab facility where he will learn to use a wheelchair and build his upper body strength.

Scott has the use of his arms and his voice so we are lucky he will still be able to share his music and love of life with everyone he meets.

If you wish to hear Scott Jones play here is a recording from a number of years ago when he was just finished high school.

Thanks for coming.