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Friday 17 April 2020

Gelli Time Tutorial

As promised, today I'm sharing a tutorial for my Gelli Plate print framed wedding project made for this month's Gelli Time Challenge!
Here are the supplies I got out to create the print.  A 9"x12" Mosaic Flowers Repeat stencil from Stencil Girl, a 6"x6" Gelli Plate and a rubber breyer. (you can see that things don't get perfectly clean when you do this!)
Then I chose the acrylic paint colors I decided to use - Golden Liquid Acrylics in Quinacridone Magenta, Teal and Diarylide Yellow.  
(You may need to try a few colors until you find the mix you like with the stencils you have chosen.)
I dropped some yellow onto my gel plate and breyered it to cover all of it - not too thick.
I pressed a piece of white cardstock over the gel plate - pressed with my fingers over the whole thing a few times - and then peeled it off - they call this a pull.
Then I laid my stencil over the gel plate, dropped some teal and magenta over it and rolled the breyer over to cover all the openings of the stencil.
Here's how the gel plate looked when I removed the stencil.
I placed the yellow background 'pull' I made above over the gel plate being sure the yellow was centered.  And again, I pressed with my fingers all over the top of the gel plate.
This resulted in a very bright panel as shown here.  You can also see that there is quite a bit of acrylic paint left on the gel plate.
I saw this technique on one of the YouTube videos I looked at.  So the paint from the stenciling is pretty dry by now.  I added a few drops of the yellow on top
and spread it over the gel plate to cover with a thin layer using my brayer.
I waited just half a minute or so to let the yellow dry a smidge (technical term) and then pressed a clean panel of white card stock over the gel plate and rubbed really firmly over the whole area of the gel plate.
And this pull came out looking more vintage and not so bright.  The down side is that you can see on the left edge the paint didn't lift off - either I didn't press hard enough or the paint had dried too much. It was my first try with this technique.  There's a fine line between the ink drying and being too dry I think?!  But I love the look. And will have to try it again!
I painted a Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Vignette Frame with Carbon Black acrylic paint and let it dry.
I colored the bouquet, dress, lips, faces and hands of the Paper Dolls wedding couple with Copics, using similar colors to the paints I used on my panel.
I rubbed Bronze Age Metallique Wax over the black painted frame and added some Idea-ology rub-ons to the panel, laying the couple over the panel to help with placement of the words.
I adhered the panel to the back of the frame with glue, and added the wedding couple with thick foam dots - having them standing on the bottom of the frame.
I like the unexpected mix of modern brighter colors in the background of the vintage wedding couple.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and that you will join us at A Vintage Journey this month by linking up a project you have made using your Gelli Plate!
You'll find the challenge here.
You have up to April 30th to join in!

Happy creative spring!


  1. A really great step by step tutorial , Julia . Very clear, well explained and demonstrated.
    Both your prints are fantastic - love them both equally .
    The one you chose to use makes such a lovely backdrop for your newly weds.


    Stay safe and well
    A x

  2. Wow, just love the vibrant colours you used.

  3. Great tutorial! I really like this! Have a lovely weekend.

  4. Hi Julia x Such a fabulous tutorial x Thank You for sharing x I really must look my hello plate out now you have inspired me xx
    Huge hugs xx