So, I thought, okay time to see what this gelli plate malarkey is all about.
Went out and got myself some vegetation and put together some mark making tools.
It wasn't as easy as it looks! It needs a bit of practise and organisation. Here are a couple of things that I learnt from my first run:
- Don't use copier paper. It buckles and there is nothing more soul destroying (particularly with this craft) than getting a decent print on a lousy piece of paper. It also tends to stick to the plate if the paint has dried a bit. Instead I used a 50 sheet pad of cartridge 120gsm and it worked nicely.
- Expect that there is only going to be 1 good print for every 5 bad although I hope with practice this will improve!
- When you clean your plate, do the final dry with a fabric cloth/towel. The first time, I patted a paper towel on it for the final dry and took the next 10 minutes trying to scrap it off!
- Don't use paper stencils. Again, horrible to get off the gel plate and in the meantime the paint has dried so you don't get a ghost print. Also, fatally I used a paper stencil with a previous layer that was wet and couldn't get it off my original - gutted. I had some acetate stencils that I made some while back and they worked great.
- I found that a smaller brayer worked better than a big one but might just be me.
- I tended to clean the plate inbetween prints because otherwise the previous layer sometimes dried and you don't get crisp mark making.
Ah, but the big thing for me is using them in Photoshop Elements. I took a picture of the leaves that I had used because they looked so pretty: