Monday, February 18, 2013

The Homemade Gelli Plate Experiment

OK, so I kept hearing about Geli plates and wasn't quite sure what they were all about. Well of course if you Google anything you can find out more than you ever knew existed about something. Well that being said I learned about Gelli Plate Art.  Well.. It appears that there is currently only one manufacturer and it was more that I wanted to spend without knowing if I would like this type of art so.... I did what most guys like to do, I found a do it yourself substitute. There are several on YouTube with very clear step by step instructions. Below is my journey.
 This is my Gelli plate still in the tray. Plastic wrap on top and bottom. The layer on the bottom made it easier to remove from the tray. The layer on the top kept it from drying out in the fridge for its made from real gelatin.
This is how it looked removed from the tray but still on the bottom layer of the plastic wrap.
These are the paints I used for the experiment. Making Memories Scrapbook acrylic paints.
This is the plate covered in paint.

And this is the first full page print.
Honestly I wasn't to excited but kept playing with colors and the amount of paint.
 Decided to try a tag.
That became several tags in several color combos.
How about trying a stencil from Crafters Workshop. This is the image on white paper.

This is how it looked on black. I really like this one a lot!
How about some number tags? I think these will work great for Birthdays with all the numbers in the background.
  Here are some in different colors.

How about with an Umbrella man die cut as a stencil?  As you can see I quickly became very addicted. These are just a few of the tags I created. I really like this a lot and will be playing again. I will most likely end up buying a gelli plate but until then I love my homemade one. If you haven't tried it, do. I'm sure you will come up with some great creations too!


  1. It is an addiction, Stephen! I should know; I'm one of the gelli plate junkies, LOL.
    I love what you've done, and yes, you should buy a plate, only because the homemade ones do deteriorate in time. Suggestion: if you can get your hands on some deli wrap (not wax paper), it is GREAT for pulling prints off the plate. Keep having fun!

  2. My Gelli Plate arrived Sat. And I RAN from mailbox to house and started painting. Papers were strewn everywhere as they lay drying!!!could never have photographed my efforts as orderly and methodically as you did!! LOL. Love your umbrella man tags .check Pintrest for some great advice. Have fun.

  3. Like you I'm hesitant to spend the money on a Gelli plate without knowing if I'll like the medium or not. Your homemade one worked great and the prints are fabulous. Definitely on my To Do list now to make one of my own!

  4. All of them look fantastic!!! How fun!

  5. This looks like lots of messy fun! I especially like the stencil and black tag combo. How do you clean the paint off of the gelli without ruining the whole thing?

    1. Just mist with water and gently wipe with a paper towel.

  6. I want one. I like stuff I but but use only once. This sounds just like something I need lol

  7. Great work, Stephen! I love Eileen's idea, and have just bought some deli paper to use behind and between my art journal pages. I can see where using that instead of card stock would make it better for laying down on art journal pages (what I am using my Gelli Plate prints for so far). Like Chris, I need more places to put the pages to dry, while I'm pulling them off like a crazy woman!

  8. Thanks for sharing. Certainly looks like fun and lots of great textures - the black paper looks amazing!

  9. Very cool Stephen. I really like the one done on black too. I can so see I need to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Love the #s tags... those GPs sure give great prints.