Gelli Plates and Stamps: The Gelli Arts Gel Plate (aka "Gelli Plate") is a wonderful tool for stampers. You can use it to create backgrounds, collages and layered cards. Easier to use than a traditional gelatin plate because you don't have to make the plate from scratch each time, a Gelli Plate is a lot of fun and also a great way to use up excess acrylic craft paints that you don't want just drying up in your craft stash.
This eArticle introduces Gelli Plates with their advantages and disadvantages so you can decide if this is a tool you want to purchase. It looks the supplies you'll need (you probably already have them), including commercial and homemade tools to create texture and pattern, types of paint and the surfaces you can use with a gel plate. It also covers tips for setting up your work area and how to clean and store your gel plate.
Techniques include Basic Prints, Removing Paint (Stencils, Dry Embossed Paper, Soft Art Combs, Homemade Combs, Sea Sponges, Soft Tools), Masking Strategies, Using Stamps (Directly on the Plate, Removing Paint with a Stamp, Adding Paint with a Stamp, Stamp As Mask, Masking a Stamp Image, Water-Based Paint Resist, Permanent Paint or Ink on Top), and Embellishing a Dry Monotype (Adding Color, Doodling).
UPDATED 4/9/16: This eArticle includes numerous links to external articles on the topic. I tested all of the links and updated one that had change. I also updated info on Gelli Plate sizing. I also updated VSN information found in the final pages.
64 half-sized pages designed to view comfortably on your computer screen and is also printable! (pdf version. See below right.) Color photos of technique steps. 14 beautiful stamp art examples of the techniques covered.
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