Becoming a Gelli Arts Plate Print Tragic

Gelli Art Plate Printing + Crayon SketchTime off. Finally a chance to play with my new art toy – the Gelli Arts Plate. I know that gelli plates have been around for years. To be perfectly honest, I thought they were expensive as by my logic, I could do exactly the same thing with a piece of perspex or glass. WRONG.

The gelli plate is just much more sensitive to any marks or texture that I put down prior to pulling the print. I discovered just how sensitive by accident. I decided to ‘color’ some encyclopaedia pages for use in collage. I did a sheet and then printed a ghost print. The ghost had the writing on it.

Having discovered that, well, it was time to discovered whether it just worked with book paper… what about newspaper? Magazine pages? Yup. They all work too. For a girl who loves layering through glazes, collage, crayon, this was super exciting – I’ve just added another option! Results are varied and I love that! I’ve always enjoyed taking advantage of accidental marks so it’s a technique that is perfect for me.

So far all of my experimenting has been on 200gsm paper from officeworks. I figured as I wasn’t sure what would work, I would employ some thrift and save the good paper for later. 200gsm seems thick enough that it prints well and thin enough that should I wish to, I can still rip up the paper and incorporate into an art work. Here are a few of the results.

Magazine Print in Quinacridone Crimson

Gelli Arts Plate & Magazine Print 3This piece of paper started white. I’ve monoprinted it a few times – primarily with Titan Buff and Green Gold and then pulled a print from a magazine page off the gelli plate using Quinadcridone Crimson. The prints from book / magazine paper seem to work best in a darker colour on a light background.

Magazine Photo in Anthraquinone Blue

Gelli Arts Plate & Magazine Print 4
I have no idea how the little ‘crystals’ form in their clothing through the printing process. It could be because I don’t clean my brayer very well!

Ghost Print of Photograph on Copy Paper

Gelli Arts Plate Print 9

The Cubist Man?

Do you see a man in this print? Andrew does. A cubist one apparently. It’s actually a photograph I took years ago of some roof tops (I was in a hotel and this was the “view”). I have rotated the image 90 degrees so if you don’t see Melbourne rooftops, don’t be alarmed!

For more of my early experiments, see my Flickr Page Gelli Arts Plate Album.


Posted on April 25, 2014, in Art and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. These are lovely. I particularly like the first and third.

  2. Love, love your work!

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