Sonntag, 9. Oktober 2016

Gelli Prints, First Attempt

I have a few quiet minutes between here and there, so I will show a few examples of my first try at mono-printing with a gelli plate.  There is a definite learning curve-- just figuring out how the process goes and how best to apply paint and textures and patterns, then remembering that it all will be a mirror image... But I would say it is fun and addictive and my mind swims with possibilities.  I have looked at other artists' work on the internet and there is some truly amazing work out there.

Stencils are very useful with this, and can be used in different ways to make positive and negative prints, as well as layers.

Some prints turn out great in one "pull", others are not so interesting and benefit from an additional printing on the same page.

I tried lots of different mark-makers and tools, but the possibilities are endless.

This one below is actually my favorite so far, and it was the "ghost print" from another page with more paint layered over it, then I pressed in a piece of textured wallpaper to get the pattern.

These are just the few that turned out really interesting, I thought.  I have a pile of not-so-inspiring pages which can be torn up for mixed media work.  I might also use some to make a pile of bookmarks, which we are always short on.

More to come!


  1. Oh wow, Katie. I really think I need to try this. These have wonderful texture and patterns. I don't really know how this process works - though I did printmaking of various kinds in college, including monoprinting - but I think I will do as you did and look into it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Cool stuff. I like the last one the best.

    Since I have no idea at all what this is, could you please show some photos of the process?

    1. Yes, I want to try to get some photos of the process and do a step-by-step post.

  3. I think I like the first one best. Very cool, Katie! Thank you for sharing. :)