Gelli Plates are fun and easy to use. We experimented with some
gelli plates and acrylic paint, to see what results we could get.
Here are some of our favorite prints:
HOW TO USE: Open the gel printing plate and remove the clear film. Squeeze paint onto the gel printing plate. Spread the paint into a thin layer with a brayer. You can print at this point, or place a stencil over the paint if you want a different look. We used stencils. When you are ready to print, place the paper on the painted surface. Gently rub the paper with your hands to transfer the paint. Carefully pull the paper up from the printing plate to see your print.
In the first print, paint was applied to the gel plate, and a stencil was placed over the paint before printing.
In the second print, the colored background was created with paint and a brayer. More color was added with a brayer, over a stencil, for the lines and circles.
For the third print, paints were spread onto the plate, and a few prints were made, removing some of the color. Then a stencil was laid over the remaining paint on the plate, and more color was applied over it with a brayer, before printing.
We used Gelli Arts gel printing plates, Liquitex Basics and Golden acrylic paints (both heavy body and fluid acrylics), Strathmore Printmaking paper, and various stencils. All of these supplies are available here at the Artist Attic atScrappy Craft.
We had so much fun making our prints! You can see some of our results on the wall in the Artist Attic classroom. If you haven't tried this easy and versatile printmaking method yet, we encourage you to try it. #scrappycraft
We've tried them, and we think they're pretty exciting. NUVO DROPS are dimensional drops, that dry hard. The Crystal Drops are glossy, and the Glitter Drops are glossy and glittery! Similar to Stickles, they do take longer to dry. Stickles can dry in a few hours or overnight. NUVO DROPS dry to the touch in an hour to a few hours, but they do take 24 hours to cure completely. Once cured, NUVO DROPS are very hard, similar to a brad. They don't squish like Stickles sometimes do.
While we still love Stickles, the NUVO DROPS open up new possibilities. They can be used in cards instead of brads, for a fraction of the cost. And they can be used in situations where you would rather avoid using metal, such as mailing greeting cards overseas.
Both the Crystal Drops and the Glitter Drops come in many luscious colors. Try them out, we think you will enjoy using this addition to your card-making and crafting repertoire.