Saturday’s blog, a New Technique. Here’s one for those of us with a Gelli Plate appetite. I have been playing with my Gelli Plate for a year now, and the more I figure out, the more I realise what I haven’t figured out ! This simple new sandwich trick which I worked out last night, after the Exhibition at the SECC had closed, (so that I could stick to my Blog Poem!) made me think of all the hundreds of different sandwiches we could make…
Time and Patience.
Lay the Gelli Plate down on a piece of the same size card you will be using.
Spread the Naples Yellow over the Gelli Plate with your Speedball Brayer.
Lay the Leafy Swirl stencil down. Then lay down a sheet of copy paper and blot well.
Remove the blotting paper.
Remove the stencil. Allow to dry for at least 5 minutes. This is the hardest part…
First layer of the sandwich made.
Now for the sandwich fill.
Without pulling the yellow print off, spread a layer of Payne’s Grey over the dry yellow pattern.
Using the brayer, roll off the black/grey paint until you can see the pattern peeping through.
That just ensures you don’t overfill the sandwich!
Lay the Dotty Wave stencil down. Blot with copy paper again.
Remove the copy paper and the stencil, and allow to dry for at least 5 minutes again.
Needs to be completely dry.
That’s the 2nd layer, the sandwich fill made.
Now I don’t know about you, but I tend to use the same sort of bread for both layers, so get your Naples yellow out again and spread it over the dry black dotty pattern.
Lay down the white card on the wet yellow, to pull the print.
Use the card underneath the Gelli Plate to position the print.
Rub the back of the card with your hand or use a clean brayer to apply pressure, and pull your print.
Et voila, Plat de Jour au Gelli!
You will pull all 3 layers off your plate at the same time.
The Leafy Swirl, which you used first, will be at the front.
Stop and think about that for a moment. Think about the sandwich whilst you look at the colours.
Then rustle up your own flavours!
All you need is 2 contrasting colours and 2 stencils which go together well.