If I didn't have to come into work, I might completely give in to my new obsession with Gelli® plate printing. SO. Much. Fun. and I feel like I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg. Of course, I'm left with the quandry of what to do with the pages once they are printed so that has tempered my enthusiasm somewhat. But I'm thinking it would be totally cool to print pages for a journal (leaving some white space, as hard as that is for me) and then use the journal for a travel journal or something. I have an idea that a person could make some prints that would stand on their own but so far mine have mostly been relegated to the pile of paper to use in collages and backgrounds. Still, it's a pretty great pile, if I do say so myself.
For now, I've been focused on printing on book pages to cut up and make into flowers for our door stop. I had to do some tweaking so I just *had* to print some more.
For that project I've been focusing on succulent colors of mostly aquas and greens with some purples thrown in, but I have to say that the Gelli® prints I've liked the most are the ones with some pop of contrasting color (which you should either apply in two separate coats or with judicious brayering or drying time so as to avoid creating mud colors): coral and aqua for example, or red with anything.
I am particularly fond of the "ghost print." That's the second print pulled from the plate, when much of the paint has already printed on the first piece of paper. But there are interesting things happening with the leftover bits of paint. In fact, those prints would be perfect for journal pages now that I think of it since there is more white space left... Of course, a person has to create first prints in order to get to the second print stage.
And if there is any advice that I have, it would be to have a lot of space available and a lot of paper for printing. I'm usually working on about 12 pieces of paper at once, printing a first layer, and then continuing to add layers (sometimes not even covering the whole piece of paper but putting a little bit of new color in the corner or along the edge). Really, this process is perfectly suited to the kind of layering that I like to do in my collages and background painting. There's some degree of complexity that isn't necessarily obvious, but I still think it adds to the overall piece. And if you aren't happy with something, just keep going! (of course, this gets back to my chronic problem of knowing exactly what to stop... and ideally stopping before that point not regretfully after).
Meanwhile, a customer expressed some puzzlement over what to do with her Gelli® plate now that she had one so I've invited her to bring her plate to a printing session. Unfortunately, it is only a group activity if everyone has one so for now we don't really have plans for a workshop, which is just to say that I am just going to keep teasing you with pictures of projects. I'm sorry. But I can't help myself. I'm quite pleased with my 2x2 book (inside) which was made with paper that I painted and also Gelli® printed, then collaged over.
oh, and you should see what Pinterest has to offer on the matter....
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