I’ve had my eye on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates for a while, I’ve seen some lovely backgrounds created with them and lots of inspirational videos but I really didn’t want to spend £20-£30 on something that:
a) I might not like and b) I might use it once then never again!
I know I could’ve easily made a temporary gelatine one to test first to see if I liked them, but to be honest to me it seemed like too much hard work and I’d rather stick pins in my eyes so I never bothered.
Instead I started looking on ebay to see if I could come up with something similar to work with at a fraction of the price and I think I found it!
Its a lot smaller than a gel printing plate at 5.8 x 3.5 inches and I have no idea how it compares with the real gel printing plate because I’ve never seen one to try, it only cost 99p including postage so I bought one to experiment with to see if it would work.
Its made of a very soft sticky rubbery like plastic and you know what? It really works! And I really think the smaller size is perfect for printing postcard or even artist trading cards!
This is the side of the mat what is supposed to be used for ‘grabbing’ your mobile phone etc on, but I wasn’t interested in this side, I wanted to know what it was like on the BACK….
And LOOK at the back! Its perfectly smooth! And perfect for printing from!
So away I went, using various acrylic paints, 2 brayers (one for spreading paint on the plate and one for rollering over the back of the card to transfer the paint evenly) and a couple of stencils to do a ‘test run’ to see if my idea for a Faux Gel Printing Plate Technique works or not, it was like old times where I used to experiment with techniques for the CC Newsletter I did way back when……..
And you know what!? It did! It really worked!
And better yet I had the time of my life making prints and playing with paint layers as you can see from all the pictures below:
Stencil placed over Faux Gel Plate & Acrylic Paint squirted on prior to brayering the paints across the plate:
Faux Gel Plate with paint brayered through the stencil to reveal the pattern:
Faux Gel Print taken off the fake gel printing plate below:
Experimenting with placing die cuts on the faux gel plate to create shaped areas with no print on them:
The results of my faux gel printing experiments:
Obligatory Close Ups Of Faux Gel Printing Backgrounds:
I had so much fun this afternoon playing with acrylics to make these backgrounds!
I hope you too will enjoy making prints using your Faux Gel Printing Plates too! Don’t forget to share links of any creations you make in the comments section below 🙂