Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gelli® 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!




THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

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


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!


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 Printing 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


41 comments:

  1. What a fun project and great video!

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  2. I have been looking for the wide shapers for ages! Thanks for more great ideas!

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  3. What beautiful vibrant prints!

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  4. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Great video and ideas! I have never used a Gelli Plate, but it has been on my wish list for quite some time!

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  5. What fun ideas! I can't wait to try using the acrylic stamp block. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Wow thank you for the change to win so a great. Thanks for more great ideas on the video. Janny

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  7. Such vibrant and stunning prints! Thanks for the fabulous tutorials!

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  8. Really beautiful grungy prints Joan and just the sort of thing I love so thanks so much for sharing those fab tips.
    Awesome giveaway too of course so thanks for the chance.
    Fliss xx

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  9. Wow!! This is one of the most dynamic, vibrant and innovative way I've seen the plates used. Such juiciness, such verve. I want to play

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  10. I really like this technique...can't wait to try it on fabric!

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  11. Really cool! Love the painterly look!

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  12. These look so cool! I can't wait to try - I love that you're always showing new techniques and processes. Thanks so much - and the giveaways are absolutely FABULOUS. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  13. Great tips and tricks...........guess I had better get my Gelli plates out and give them a go. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fantastic prize!

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  14. Love this and I am real inspired....so of to my Gelli-plate now....

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  15. Definitely need to bookmark this post and give this a try!! TFS!

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  16. Awesome video as usual. Question, what was the music playing in the background. The music you play with these videos is always wonderful!

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  17. Great video! I will definitely try this technique. Thank you so much!

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  18. A brill video, yes many thanks --- Ive an urge to use the ends of celery and half peppers to mark make too - now where did that come from!

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  19. Great ideas! I love trying new techniques.

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  20. Thank you so much for the video! I love this kind of stuff, it helps me when I get that "fear of the blank surface". They truly are a great stimulus to initiate art play!

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  21. Loved these prints.. I see beach scenes.. :)

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  22. Wow just love the resulting prints.

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  23. I love this! Thanks for always coming up with the best ideas ever for gelli printing. Today, for me, is Gelli Printing day….woohoo! AND, thanks for a chance to win:-)

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  24. Thank You ***
    for this oppertunity. Although my sign in first name entering the contest is cheryl , chawa is my Google name, just to clarify

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  25. Thank You ***
    for this oppertunity. Although my sign in first name entering the contest is cheryl , chawa is my Google name, just to clarify

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  26. I love this technique and I love the final result. I would have hours of fun with this. Thanks for the chance, Johanne Lacombe

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  27. Cool! Great
    technique and
    lovely designs.
    Carla from Utah

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  28. Just saw a post on Art Bead Scene blog about using a Gelli, which I'd never heard of. Watched the videos y'all have and it looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing the creative ideas.

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  29. What a great technique and a very generous giveaway!

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  30. This looks great fun and results are amazing. Would love to win and give it s try x

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  31. The results are really impressive. This is an excellent giveaway but I think I missed it by just a few minutes.

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    Block Printing on Cloth | Block Printing Blocks

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  33. Very Interesting posted Thank u so much

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  34. This is awesome. I already use a palette knife and brushes to apply to the plate - instead of the roller, but this expands my ideas. Can't wait to play.

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  35. I'm asking kindly about which is better for applying colors or pressing stencils sheets on the Gelli plates, the Soft rubber plate? Or the hard Rubber plate?

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