Watching this video will demystify the process! Here we go, layer by layer… so easy!
TIP: To get an approximate registration when printing consecutive layers ...
Place your Gelli plate on a piece of paper that is the same size as your printing paper. Use this as a guide. When you are ready to place the printing paper on the Gelli plate, line up the edges with the paper under the plate.
You'll notice I've taped the paper under my Gelli plate to the craft sheet to keep it in place on my work surface :)
To help visualize the effect of one color over another, I am using Golden Open Acrylics in highly transparent colors for this demonstration. Using masks on each layer creates the complexity in the image. (for a tutorial on masks, please take a look at my previous blog post, "Who Was That Masked Man")
This time I've cut some very simple "donut" shapes from Tyvek to use as masks. Tyvek is a perfect mask material: thin, strong, easy to cut, and reusable. Shipping envelopes are a good source for Tyvek, so save them! Cutting your own masks is a great way to upcycle those envelopes!
This process yields two multi-layered prints. One print is the layering of each paint color. The other is a layered ghost print of each layer. Very different effects!
Hope you have as much fun making layered prints as I do!