You can make really cool floral backgrounds with gelli plates, too! Let me show you a couple I made recently.
I began by rolling out a layer of iridescent blue/green Pebeo acrylics with my brayer. You already know I am on a mission to use every one of the stencils I own, so I looked in my box and grabbed this floral stencil from Joggles and placed it on top of the paint layer.
I placed a sheet of card stock over the stencil and smoothed it down with my hand, making sure to pick up the color through the stencil. This was the print I made. I liked it but knew I could do more.
Without lifting the stencil, I added a layer of flourescent pink over the top of the stencil and onto the gelli plate underneath.
This is what it looked like at that point. Hahaha! Hopeful!
I removed the stencil, then made a print using a sheet of card stock. I love this one! Both colors share the beauty and are represented equally due to the way I made my layers.
I did not clean my gelli plate because I don’t do that. Ever. Hahahaha! I love texture! You see here I grabbed tubes of Dina Wakley‘s magenta and blackberry violet acrylics.
I used my brayer to roll out a layer of the blackberry all over the gelli plate. Then I placed the same flower stencil on top – I didn’t clean it either. Cause I’m like that. Hahahahaha! I ain’t got time for that. Hahahahaha!
I left the stencil in place and placed a sheet of card stock on top and made a print. I like that it not only picked up the blackberry but also picked up some of the green from the stencil itself.
Next I left the stencil in place and rolled out a layer of that magenta. Right over the top of the gelli plate and the stencil.
Then I removed the stencil and placed a sheet of card stock on top of the gelli plate and smoothed it down all over. Then pulled this print. I wasn’t liking the clumpiness of the blackberry acrylic. I guess my tube is pretty old and it left clumps here and there. I still like the lift – I just feel grumpy because of the clumpies. Yes, I am uber tired. Can you tell?
I rolled out a layer of purple craft paint and put the stencil on top.
And lifted away some of the color with a clean up sheet of paper.
Then with the stencil still in place I rolled out a layer of that pretty fluorescent pink from before.
Here you go. Still a little clumpy in places but that’s ok .
I removed the stencil and this is what the gelli plate looked like at that point. You can see the purple that was underneath the stencil and the pink that I brayered on around the stencil.
And I pulled my last print. Sorry, not real clear here. But I have photos of each print dry and in natural light. Let me show you.
I love each one! But you don’t have to do florals! This technique of triple layering will work with any stencil you want to use. A stencil with lots of openings works best! I love playing with my gelli plates and seeing the colors and textures I can achieve. A couple of you mentioned you were going to try some of the gelli plate projects I’ve been showing you. I hope you will. It is super fun!
When you read this – Mark and I will be flying to Florida. We are going south for a few days on a food run. And I am not even joking. The thing I miss the most about the south is the food. We have one diner here close to our home and they just don’t understand southern. Hahahaha! We have a list of restaurants we are going to while we are there. We hope to spend a day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but it really depends on the temperatures. I have a thyroid disease that causes me not to be able to handle heat very well. So that one we will play by ear. Also the police department we are both retired from is having a Christmas luncheon and we are going to it hoping to run into some old friends. I am trying to schedule a couple posts ahead of time to run while I’m gone. I may not get around to answering your comments until we get back home. And I don’t fly well but I do have patches and pills. So I am ready! Florida – here we come!