I love how things come round again in the crafting world. At least 10 years ago I was doing monoprinting and producing handprinted papers. I attended a workshop with Ruth Issett based on her book Glorious Papers.
You can see the most amazing gelli plate prints on Patti's blog. And she also has made a video you can watch on YouTube.
So what can you do if you don't have a gelli plate?
I use a glass plate but you could use your non-stick craft sheet.
You will need various colours of acrylic paint, a surface to put your paint on, a brayer, sheets of paper (try different sorts) and some items to draw with. You can use the same things that are suggested for the Gelli Plate.
Splodge (technical term) your acrylic paint onto your surface and roll out with the brayer. Make your pattern marks.
I tried Patti's idea with the stencil
I smoothed it with the brayer and my hands.
I peeled the stencil off and took a print directly from the glass
and one from the stencil itself
I had cleaned my brayer off on a piece of cartridge paper.
I put orange acrylic on the glass and pressed a piece of bubblewrap into it.
I removed the bubblewrap and pressed the piece of paper onto the glass and took a print.
And then it pressed the bubblewrap onto this printed paper.
I sprayed ink and water onto the page to make the drips.
And here's with added pink.
On this paper I had put the yellow acrylic on the glass and then scribbled in it and printed. Then added the pink ink.
And here's the print.
Here's another print taken from the remains of the red using the second print from the photograph of the turquoise paint at the top of this page.
You can keep building layers as long as the paper can take it. This cartridge paper was fine with the acrylic but didn't much like the spray inks and water. Mixed media paper or watercolour paper will give a different reaction.
As for the Gelli Plate - well I'm going to a workshop with Dina Wakley at Art from the Heart in March to learn all about it - so watch this space to see if I'm a convert. Or an addict like Patti!
Thanks for stopping by.