Wednesday’s blog is something new, so here’s a Gelli plate project I had planned for the TV show on Sunday, but didn’t get to it. I made this little discovery quite by chance, when I was playing with my Gelli Plate.
How did I come up with these designs? No idea. Too much coffee? Not enough sleep? Either way, I love’em!
Especially because they sit so nicely on top of one another….
You’d think I had a plan….
But the fun started when I started layering them up on a gelli plate. Take a look….
Believe it or not, I only used Green (Sap green) and Pink (Process magenta) here!
Yep, the burgundy brown colour came out of nowhere, how cool is that?? Was obvious that might happen, that the 2 colours would mix to yield a third one, but nonetheless it caught me by happy surprise!
So, in a nutshell, i placed the gelli on a piece of the same size printing card, for easy positioning first.
Then, spread green acrylic paint over the 6×6 Gelli plate with a brayer,
laid down the rocky blocky stencil,
blotted the piece with copy paper well, so that the paint in the gaps between the stencil was gone, and
pulled the first print without removing the stencil. Put a T for top on the back of the card.
Make a note: before you even start, lay up the 2 stencils so that they are sitting perfectly on top of one another. Now make a mark in the top righthand corner of both stencils with a Sharpie pen. You will be happy you did that right about the time you go to lay down the second squiggly stencil !
Next, I spread a layer of process Magenta over the Gelli plate.
Laid down the Squiggly string stencil
(happy I made that little black mark in the corner right about now!)
Blotted thoroughly again,
Pull the second print on top the green print.
And boom! Out of nowhere came the brown, maroon colour.
Did it several times, just to check it wasn’t a fluke.
Even tried different colours. Same technique, different colour combinations yielded different 3rd colours. And the order in which I layered up the colours greatly changed the final result, too.
Spent ages working it out, and really got into the magic of it.
I think that’s what it’s all about. Getting lost in the learning curve. I had such an enjoyable hour figuring out what happened if you used this colour underneath that colour, and so on….
Here, I turned the stencils so that they didn’t line up. Also lovely!
The Gelli Plate is a pretty amazing piece of kit. It has certainly steered my arty side down a new road. If you haven’t ventured down this acrylic path yet, all I can tell you is
IT IS BRILLIANT xx
But now I must pack and get up to the NEC for set-up.
Biggest UK Art and Craft Show of the Year!