2016 #9: Mono Printing
Hi everyone Sanda (Artfulflight) here, joining you today with a post about Gelli Printing. I am very happy to join the PaperArtsy blog with this post about gelli plate printing and how to incorporate our prints in the projects we make. So, for today I have prepared two cards using two different techniques – easy to make, yet very effective. I chose this theme as I absolutely love using my own printed papers either as backgrounds or just as collage pieces.
Step One: I started by applying Fresco Acrylic Paints (Haystack, Chartreuse, Ice Blue and Cherry Red) to my gelli plate and spread them using a brayer. I laid down a stencil and pulled my first print on a piece of white cardstock.
Step Two: I dried the remaining paint left on the gelli plate with a hair dryer. Make sure you do this on the cold setting (NEVER try using a heat gun or you will destroy your gelli plate!). Once dry, I then spread a thin layer of black paint on top and pulled a second print. The dried paint from step 2 sticks to the black paint so when you pull the print the pattern will be revealed on top of the dark paint. This will be the background for my first card.
Step Three: I painted a few Ampersand panels (gesso-coated chipboard pieces can be used instead) using Brusho and Bister powders. I sprinkled the pigments over the panels and spritzed them with water, let the powders work their magic and left them to dry naturally. When everything was completely dry, I stamped the image with ID02-EZmounted using black Versafine Ink.
Step Four: I cut the window from the first print, added a bit of shimmer using Fresco Finish Metalic Paint in White Fire and outlined it with a black Sharpie pen. I glued down the window, added a bit of stamping using a piece of chipboard and Cherry Red and mounted the stamped panels on a piece of black cardstock for a more finished look.
I assembled my card and added as final touches a piece of chipboard, and the sentiment sticker.
Step One: For this second card I was inspired by a technique I first saw demonstrated by Paula Phillips aka Journal Artista. I started by applying a coat of Black Gesso on a piece of cardstock and dried it with my heat gun. Through a stencil I randomly applied watercolour paints to the gesso and dried thoroughly using the heating tool.
Step Two: I applied Fresco Acrylic Paints (Haystack, Ice Blue and Caribbean Sea) to my gelli plate and spread them using the brayer. I laid down a stencil, pulled a first print on a scrap paper, removed the stencil and then pulled a second print on the cardstock prepared in steps one.
Step Three: This step is identical to step four of the previous card, again I used ID02-EZmounted stamp set.
I mounted the stamped panels on a piece of black cardstock, assembled my card and added as final touches a piece of chipboard, and the sticker letters spelling the word “explore”.
Here is a video showing my start to finish process, I hope you enjoy watching.
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial, you've got inspired and you are ready to create your own fabulous art using these fun and easy techniques. And I must tell you that working with these high quality PaperArtsy paints and stamps is a dream for any artist. Play, experiment and you'll be hooked to gelli printing as much as I am :).
Much love, Sanda xoxo
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Welcome Sandra, It's wonderful to see your exploration of colours using the Gelli Plate, you have created some powerful backgrounds. Love the touches of Black throughout both cards. Thank you for providing us with a step by step video of your creative process. ~Gillian
We would love to see how you interpret this Mono Printing topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #9: Mono Printing, on this page HERE.
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