Gelli Plates Print­ing

A few years ago, the only way to make a gelatin print was to make a gelatin print­ing plate. The process was te­dious, and the plates were tem­per­a­men­tal, of­ten dis­in­te­grat­ing within an hour. That’s all in the past. Thanks to Gelli Arts, the soft and spongy

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Tools & Prod­ucts

Gelli Plate print­ing re­quires a Gelli Plate, a tool to ap­ply paint, im­pres­sion-mak­ing items (many found in a crafter’s stash), and pa­per or fab­ric on which to print.

Gelli Arts of­fers a va­ri­ety of square and rec­tan­gu­lar plate sizes (3 x 5–12 x 14-inch), round plates (4–8-inch) and mini plates in cir­cles, squares, rec­tan­gles, ovals, hexagons and tri­an­gles (ap­prox­i­mately 3 inches).

Gelli Arts rec­om­mends acrylic and oil paints for best re­sults. Golden Artist paints are avail­able in tubes which are very con­ve­nient to use to squeeze por­tions onto the plate. Ranger’s Dy­lu­sion paints come in jars but can eas­ily be dol­loped onto the plate with a craft stick.

Inks can be used but will per­ma­nently stain the plate. Although stain­ing won’t af­fect fu­ture prints, it can hin­der de­sign vi­su­al­iza­tion.

In ad­di­tion to prod­ucts specif­i­cally man­u­fac­tured for art and craft­ing, there is an end­less sup­ply of house­hold items that can make im­pres­sions in the paint: crumpled pa­per, plas­tic wrap, rub­ber bands, bub­ble wrap, plas­tic bot­tle caps, twine, cor­ru­gated card­board, feath­ers, corks, combs, etc. Avoid any­thing with sharp or pointed edges that will mar the plate’s sur­face. Per­ma­nent scratches and goug­ing will ap­pear in all fu­ture prints.

Us­ing heav­ier-weight pa­per helps pre­vent buck­ling—es­pe­cially if print­ing one sheet mul­ti­ple times. Dy­lu­sions tags, jour­nals and jour­nal in­sert sheets by Ranger are ex­cep­tion­ally good choices. All three have white, matte, non-pilling pa­per. The jour­nal in­sert sheets and tags are also avail­able in black and kraft. Do not use any type of pa­per with a glossy fin­ish be­cause it will stick to and per­ma­nently dam­age the plate.

Print­mak­ing Ba­sics

A Gelli Plate is used to cre­ate a mono­type—a smooth sur­face that is then coated with paint. The sur­face can be left as is or mod­i­fied by re­mov­ing some of the paint. Pa­per is then pressed against the plate to produce a printed im­age. This process con­sists of four to seven ba­sic steps.

Step 1: Ap­ply paint to the Gelli Plate and spread with a brayer, a plas­tic trowel or a gift card (Photo 1). Al­ter­na­tively, ap­ply paint to a craft sheet, then pick up and trans­fer to the plate.

Step 2: (Op­tional) Cre­ate pat­terns or shapes in the paint with Gelli Arts Edge Tools, tex­ture plates, etc.—any­thing that will leave an im­pres­sion in the paint (Photo 2).

Step 3: (Op­tional) Place die cuts or sten­cils on the paint-cov­ered plate to cre­ate masks, bray with con­trast­ing paint, and then re­move the die cut or sten­cil be­fore print­ing (Photo 3).

Step 4: Press pa­per against the plate and gen­tly bur­nish with your hands, a brayer or an acrylic block to trans­fer the paint evenly.

Step 5: Par­tially peel the pa­per from the plate and in­spect for bald spots; re­turn and re-bur­nish if needed. Once sat­is­fied, “pull the print” (re­move the pa­per) and set it aside to dry (Photo 4). Step 6: Im­me­di­ately re­peat steps 4 and 5 on a sec­ond pa­per to cre­ate a lighter, softer ghost print. Step 7: (Op­tional) Re­peat steps 1–6 on a dried print to cre­ate another layer of color and/or pat­tern. Re­peat and pull as many prints as de­sired. Another op­tion is to use a smaller or mini-sized Gelli Plate as a stamp. Mount the plate on an acrylic block, fol­low steps 1–3, and stamp on the pa­per.

Care & Clean Up

Gelli Plates have a high con­tent of min­eral oil. Place the plate on a piece of copy pa­per, and use a craft sheet or glass cut­ting board be­neath to pro­tect porous sur­faces. Clean with mild soap and wa­ter if the plate feels gummy or re­pels paint.

Clean­ing the plate be­tween prints is un­nec­es­sary but should al­ways be done be­fore stor­ing. Re­move paint with baby wipes, or spritz the plate with wa­ter and swab with a soft cloth or pa­per towel. Al­low the plate to air dry be­fore re­turn­ing it to the orig­i­nal clamshell pack­age, sheath­ing it be­tween the ac­com­pa­ny­ing plas­tic sheets. Store at room tem­per­a­ture.

Acrylic paint is best re­moved from tools, stamps and sten­cils be­fore it dries (see Gelli Plate Tips).

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