I've been reading about gelatin printing in blog land and the amazing monoprints you can make for backgrounds. Trust me, this thing is addictive! Check out the website for a video how-to. There is also a Facebook page full of ideas and uploads of cool prints.
This is the printing plate:
Basic printing is pretty simple - load on some acrylic paint:
Then use a brayer to spread the paint over the gel plate. I used too much paint on a few and not enough on others - seems like the trick it to get enough paint to create texture without so much that it flows over the textured pattern.
Now the fun - press items into the paint to create some texture. I pressed on a piece of sequin waste, the inside of a Starbucks coffee sleeve, a stencil letter and a foam flower stamp.
Now just lay paper (I used white card stock) on the Gelli plate and rub very gently to make sure the paint. Lesson learned - the stencil letter left lots of white space....
Another try with yellow and blue paint. I used a wood-grain tool to make the semi-circular design.
And here's the print:
Clean-up is easy - I wiped the plate with baby wipes (carefully so you don't make scratches/dings in the plate. It is pretty sturdy, but since it is gel, it would get scratched). I still had some paint left on, probably because I used too much on some, so I washed it off gently with some mild dish soap and patted dry with paper towels. The plate stores in its case.
Not sure you can make a mistake with this - even some that had bloopers have sections that will make interesting cards, ATCs, and backgrounds. I want to try fabric printing, using other things to make texture - bubble wrap, buttons, stamps- and overstamping the print, adding embellishments, text, images - stay tuned!