Sunday, October 6, 2013

Chickpea Burgers, Laundry, and Using a Gelli Plate....

So, while trying to decide what to write about this week, I"m making dinner, chickpea burgers, working on laundry, and hoping my Gelli Plate photos eventually show up on Photo Stream. If only I were a little more tech savvy!

The burgers turned out to be delish. It's one of my favorite recipes and I've made it often. I usually make sweet potato fries (from this cookbook) to go along with it, but was a little on the lazy side this evening. 

Better than a real burger! Seriously.
After dinner, I noticed that the photos finally made it into Photo Stream. YAY!! So, I can now share how much fun it was using this new art tool. But before I do,  if you've never heard of a Gelli Plate, it is used for mono printing. It resembles a pan sized square of clear jello, and I must add that is it extremely cool. Check it out HERE to learn more about what all it can do.

There are so many tutorials, tips and tricks for using the Gelli Plate. However, I just wanted to get started quick, so I visited the Gelli Arts webpage and watched a short tutorial.  My goal was to learn the basics. So, what I am sharing today is just that....the very basics of getting started using a Gelli Plate.

First step....get all my goodies together. 

Golden heavy body paint (or any other acrylic paint), various stamps and stencils, string, brayer

The gelli plate with the first layer of I spread the paint using the brayer, then used stamps
and stencils to create texture within the paint.

My first layer of paint....from Gelli Plate to paper. I covered the plate with a
sheet of watercolor paper then pressed and pulled away to reveal the first layer.

You continue to repeat steps two and three until you have the desired amount of color/design on your pages. I chose to do 3-4 layers, but you can do as many or as few as desired to achieve whatever look you prefer.

A few of the finished papers.....

Future art journal pages....

While I loved this process, I can tell that I really need more practice! There are MANY online tutorials to choose from, plus the Gelli Arts blog and Facebook page are great for suggestions, upcoming workshops, etc.  

If you'd like to have a Gelli Plate, keep your eye open for special deals at Dick Blick art supplies. I was able to purchase mine at a discounted price there.

Happy Creating!!
:) more thing. I wanted to share another one of my favorite journal pages that was recently completed....

Journal page created with Tamara 's lesson in LB 2013. 

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