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Friday 3 April 2020

It's Gelli Time!

Welcome to the April A Vintage Journey Challenge.   Julia here as hostess this month and this is our new challenge!

It's Gelli Time!

Yes, get those gel plates out and have a play.  Printing and mark making are unique and somewhat addictive when you start so let us see what you create and how you use it in your project.  Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

There are lots of videos on YouTube using all kinds of media to print with a gel plate. If you need a little jump start inspiration please check that out!   We also have beautiful inspiration by the Creative Guides here on this post so please read on!

I have not played with my Gelli Plate very much (and definitely haven't previously made anything I liked!) so was excited to host this challenge, as it made me get into my craft room for a marathon gel plate printing session!   I watched videos and tried several mixes of colors and stencils before getting anything I liked at all but I'm very happy with this background piece I finally created!  I will be posting a tutorial on how I made this framed piece here at AVJ in two weeks, but for now I have more photos of my completed project and some of the other pulled prints I made as I was learning over at my blog, Create With Me, if you'd like to take a peek!

Well you know what it is like ... once you start with the Gelli Plate it is very addictive. I used both fabric and paper on my plate along with Acrylic Chalk Paints and had enough pieces to make a Needle Case for my large knitting pins and needles and some matching accessories. Do join me over at Live the Dream for more details and a little tutorial on how I made the Needlecase.

I decided to make a collage in my journal using some recent Gelli Prints. We all love taking the prints - but sometimes don't know what to do with them! More details today at Addicted to Art.

As anyone who's ever played with a Gelli plate knows, you can never pull just one print when you're playing.  I ended up with eight tags - front AND back - and a few spares!  So I turned them into a simple tag book with stamping and collages on each spread.  Come over to Words and Pictures to turn the pages with me.

For this fun challenge from Julia, I decided to add a spread in my art journal.  Just a little something playful with a nod to the Easter Bunny.  To see all the details of how I created this page, please join me at my blog here.

For Julia's challenge I have had great fun creating some stencilled gel prints using some of my favourite art supplies. I've used the prints to make myself an ATB desk tidy. If you would like to have a look around my ATB you are welcome to pop by my blog - ink-a-pink

I love experimenting with my Gelli plate! For Julia's fabulous challenge, I've been exploring image transfer techniques. If you'd like to see how I created this canvas, please hop over to my blog, and all will be revealed.


So please show us what you create using a Gel Plate and link up your projects below!  The link is open up to April 30th.
Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

We would like to thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us.  We always look forward to seeing the wonderfully creative ideas you have and how you bring them to life.

We also hope you, your families and friends are all healthy and safe in whatever country you call home during this unprecedented time of the Coronavirus crisis.

Good luck in the challenge, don't forget the Creative Guides choose their Top 3 for our Pinterest Board where your post will be linked to if you're entry is chosen.

virtual hugs to everyone!
Julia and the Creative Guides xxx

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  1. Fabulous Gelli printing - looking forward to hopping round to see them all in detail later.
    Alison x

  2. Fantastic projects , Everyone . Looks like we all had fun creating with our gel plate 😄 All pinned to our board but I am still unable to change the descriptions on each and add our names. Tried on two different browsers and no joy on either??!!
    I'll keep persevering.......

    Have a lovely weekend
    Take care
    A x

    1. Yup, Pinterest has changed and messed up the functionality. And then claimed it was no different from always.

  3. Fabulous projects everyone! Gorgeous makes with those gelli plate prints x

  4. Ah..fabulous theme, lots of playing time ahead. More rubbish than pearls in my case, but it's all fun! You ladies, on the other hand, have produced some excellent work, subtle or striking!

  5. Fabulous Gelli plate makes teamies xx Looking forward to visiting as I have not played with my Gelli plate in some time and need some inspiration xx
    Hugs to all xx

  6. Great inspiration by the DT, look forward to joining in. Angela xXx