Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monoprinting on a Round Gelli® Plate!

There's something universally appealing about the round shape and all it symbolizes. Take a look at this video and see the beauty of printing on the NEW 8” Round Gelli® Plate.

It's inspiring to work on a circular plate surface! In an instant, ideas come to mind: the sun, the moon, our planet Earth, infinity, wholeness, unity, the cycle of life, mandalas, the wheel, bubbles, Venn diagrams. And that's just for starters!

With no beginning and no end — the circle shape signifies eternity. All there is. Endless possibilities!

The round plate provides new opportunities to explore themes. And before you know it — you may find yourself working on a series inspired simply by the shape of the plate!

When you work on a gel printed series, one print informs the next. And one quick way to start working on a series is to use a mask or masks — and repeat images. 

The most interesting masked prints are often the ghost prints — after the mask has been removed.

For in-depth information on using masks, please take a look at the blog post: 

The stencil and masks used in this video are from Green Pepper Press, designed by Michelle Ward. 

Green Pepper Press Stencil & Masks set. From The Frond Collection

Not only do you get the wonderful stencil ... you get the cut-outs as well! 

So you also get a set of masks! 

GPP stencil and mask sets are so perfect for printing with Gelli Arts®! 

Double the fun!!!

Instead of a series of individual prints — consider overlapping circular prints on a larger piece of paper to create a unified piece. 

Detail from 11'x14" Gel Print

To create this piece:

The 8" round imprints are overlapped on a piece of 11"x14" Strathmore Bristol

The paint is Golden OPEN Acrylic! It easily rolls out in a thin layer and is perfect for printing highly detailed images with masks!

The Golden OPEN Acrylics palette used includes:

Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold Quinacridone Magenta 
Manganese Blue Hue 

These vibrant pigments mix cleanly and have wonderful transparency. So when the printed images overlap, they produce beautiful new colors!

Since these masks are part of a matching stencil set, you can go back into the prints using the stencils — using sprays, stamp inks applied with blending tools and stipple brushes, colored pencils, and so on. 

You can also create interesting prints by layering different colors and slightly moving the masks for each layer. That'll give you an interesting out-of-registration print like this :)

Multi-layered,  masked print on deli paper.

So get inspired! Experience the joy of printing on the 
NEW Round Gelli® Plate!!!

And now…

This Contest is officially CLOSED

WE HAVE A WINNER! Our random generator chose #604 which belongs to 
(blogger name) "Kristi Matta Heather Kromer" from Standish Maine!! 

The Giveaway includes the following items!

All you need to do to be entered to win is: 
  1. Post a comment HERE on our blog - easy!
  2. If you don't already, please subscribe to our Gelli Arts® blog. (Note - subscribing is NOT a requirement to win the giveaway!).

Entries (via comments on this blog) will be accepted until 5pm EDT, Tuesday, Oct 22nd!

One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced no later than 10am Wednesday October 23rd. The winner will be announced here on the blog (in the comments section of this blog post) and on our Facebook page!

A special thanks to Michelle Ward for generously providing the Stencil & Mask Sets from Green Pepper Press!

Please feel free to spread the word about the NEW Round Gelli® Plate with others via Pinterest (just hover over the blog images to see the 'pin it' button!), your blog or share from our Facebook page. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment!

Good Luck and Happy Printing!

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