For some time now I have been wanting to start an art journal. I love looking at other peoples work online and have been inspired by pages created with the gelatin monotype printing plates. I was able to borrow a kit from a friend who has a craft shop and invited members of my Stamp Club to come to my house to have a play with this technique. Here is my table, before and after!
We used the Gelli Arts 3″ x 5″ gel printing plates with a hard brayer to transfer acrylic paint onto the plate. We then used stencils and rubber stamps as well as other mark making items like bubble wrap, skeleton leaves, corrugated card and sequin waste to create pattern. I had taken the opportunity to have a play beforehand and have made a start on my art journal by printing straight onto the pages.
I also cut some A4 flat white card into quarters which was just the right size for test printing. Here are some I made using different items to make marks. These would be great cut into Artist Trading Cards for future swaps or background panels for a quick card.
We talked about using inks with these plates and I have had a play with Distress Oxides today. I like them as backgrounds but don’t see any advantage to using the plates when you can just use a craft mat for the same effect. More play time needed I think.