Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gelli® Plate Printing Without a Brayer!

Change can be a good thing when it comes to the creative process. So instead of using a brayer to apply paint to the Gelli® plate, let's change it up and use a palette knife and various scrapers! Watch this video demonstrating monoprinting with this fun and expressive method for painting the plate.

Applying paint to your Gelli® plate using alternative tools—such as a palette knife, old credit card or a smooth silicone scraper—gives you the opportunity to make unique marks.

Using a palette knife or other scraping tools for paint application opens up your printmaking experience to a different and expressive way of creating images. You can apply paint—and scrape some away. The edge of the tool is great for making thin lines and interesting marks.

When doing this process—keep in mind that any blobs of paint on the plate will squish out when printed and can form a thick splat on your print. If that's not your intention (and it may be!)—check the painted surface for blobs and deal with them before placing your printing paper on the plate to pull your print.

It’s fun to take your time developing an image on the gel plate—but you’ll want to use paint that has a longer open time. I love using Golden Open Acrylics for this process so I can work slowly and be more intentional in creating an image. Adding Golden Open Medium to any acrylic paint will extend its working time. And remember—prints with thick areas of Open paint take much longer to dry.

Along with using slow-drying paint comes another advantage. There’s usually enough wet paint left on the plate after the first pull to create a vibrant ghost print!

If working fast is more your style—using a palette knife to apply paint can be a fast and easy way to do it. Swiping paint onto the plate and quickly working in some spontaneous marks can result in free and wonderful prints!

In addition to palette knives, silicone tools—such as ColourShapers and Catalyst Blades—are wonderful tools for adding to and removing paint from the plate and making marks.

While applying paint on the plate with a palette knife—experiment with mixing your own colors! Blending colors or swiping two or more colors together can create lush and painterly results! Keep the color wheel in mind to avoid making mud when mixing colors on the plate. Analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel) mix together harmoniously.

Combs offer another type of mark-making that compliments the process of adding and subtracting paint from the plate. The Gelli Arts® Printing Tools are especially wonderful because of their size and the nice bold marks you can make!

Double the fun by including more than one plate size in this process! Here I've stamped a 3"x5" plate onto an 8"x10" print—adding new layers. So easy! Place 3"x5" index cards on the wet painted plate before printing— for convenient masks. The masked areas are perfect spots for stamping with a 3"x5" plate!

The prints created in the video are printed on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper. The paper has a nice heavy weight and the smooth surface shows every detail beautifully.

You can see demonstrations in a few earlier blogs that show how using a paintbrush instead of a brayer is another great way to create prints without a brayer— (here—Painterly Layers), (here—The Painterly Monotype) and (here—Combed Prints & Watercolor). When brushstrokes are evident in prints, they show your hand in the process. Same goes for the swipes of a palette knife and other marks you leave on the plate. Distinctly yours.

As you can see—putting your brayer aside and experimenting with palette knives and scrapers can broaden your monoprinting experience and bring new excitement to the process! It's always exciting to try new techniques. Change is good!


AND OUR WINNER IS.... Kathryn C (email sent!) !!

Happy news!! 
We have a fabulous giveaway with great supplies for making prints without a brayer!

     One lucky winner's prize kit will include:

     • 4 - Golden Open Acrylics - 2 fl. oz. tubes
     • 1 - Golden Matte Medium Open Acrylics - 4 fl. oz. bottle
     • 2 - Princeton Catalyst Wedges
     • 1 - Plastic Palette Knife

To enter the giveaway, click on the red "ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE" button below! (This will ensure that we can contact the winner and that entries are limited to one per person. One winner will be selected from all the entries via a random number generator to receive this very special giveaway!) Entries will be accepted until Tuesday January 26th at noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Tuesday January 26th at 5pm EST


Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliplate #gelliarts or #gelliprint. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli retailer near you!

Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

Products Used in this Blog!

Gelli® 8x10 Plate
3x5 Gelli® Plate
Golden Open Acrylics
Golden OPEN Acrylic Medium (Matte)

Catalyst Wedges

Strathmore 9”x12” Bristol smooth surface 100 lb. paper
Blick Blue Comfort Grip Painting Knife

Gelli® Round Printing Tools
Gelli®  Square Printing Tools

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printing Tutorials—5 Fab Techniques Revisited!

The sphere of people learning about and using Gelli® printing plates keeps increasing—and more and more people of all ages and levels of art experience are discovering the joy of mono printing.

I'd like to welcome those new to the Gelli® plate printing process — and thank those of you who have been following this blog along the way — by reintroducing some of the most popular techniques I've demonstrated here.

If you're looking to expand your base of techniques, learn some new fun exercises in gel printing, or refresh your memory on various processes, take a look at the following videos!
The painterly approach to monotypes can range from loose and spontaneous to structured and carefully planned...and everything in between. In other words—this technique is for everyone!!

Gelli Arts® Printing—Faux Chine Collé
Chine collé is a printmaking technique where lightweight paper is adhered to heavier paper as it's passed through a press with an inked plate. The result is a print on a collage. Watch this video to see how this process can be adapted for gel printing! Then get ready to print on fragile papers, brittle book pages, or other thin, delicate papers!

Gelli Arts® Printing with Styrofoam Plates
Here's a great way to repurpose styrofoam plates to use in monoprinting! This video shows how easy and fun it is to turn styrofoam plates into reusable texture plates with your own designs!

Thick and Thin of Gelli Arts® Printing
Watch what happens when you roll a layer of thick paint over a thin one... for a unique way to create a layered multicolor Gelli® print in one pull! If you're fascinated with unpredictable paint interactions — you'll want to explore this FUN technique!

Gelli® Transfer Film Prints
Gelli® plates have a unique surface that allows you to pull monotypes on clear adhesive film, like packing tape! You won't believe how easy this technique is! Just takes a little patience to let the paint dry completely on the plate before printing.

There you have it! Plenty of inspiration to get you going! What a great way to start your 
creative New Year!!

And to all of our Gelli Arts® enthusiasts — best wishes from all of us at Gelli Arts® for peace, joy and an artful journey in 2016!

Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliplate #gelliarts or #gelliprint. Feel free to tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli ® retailer near you!

Have Fun and Happy Printing! 

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