Sunday, December 1, 2013


Last weekend while browsing around online, I read a mention of the "Gelli Plate" - a mineral oil based "gelatin" plate for monopriting. My first reaction was "Monoprint? Why would I want a monoprint?" After a bit more research, I started realizing the potential of such a device, especially for a collage-y person as myself. While technically yes, it does produce a single print, there's also the possibility of getting multiple prints from a single plate-inking, which means there's even more possibilities since each print is a little different. Anyway, after getting out of work a bit early on Wednesday, I walked over to Dick Blick in Pasadena to pick one up (and as a bonus, at a bit of a discount from what you can get directly from Gelli!) With the exception of an interruption due to a biking accident, I've been printing up a storm this weekend, only using materials I've had on hand. I really like the potential for using leaves and other nature bits, but that will have to wait for another time.

To get started I read the paper that came with the plate (no need for me to repeat such things here) & put some youtube videos on in the background. I don't own any stencils, but I set out digging through my recycle bin and other random materials I had on hand to play and make some awesome effects and unique prints. Because of all the layers and the metallic paint I used in some of the prints, there's no way the scans will be as interesting as the originals, but they will have to do. All are printed on 8.5" x 11" cardstock. These are a few of my favorites so far.


  1. Great prints, and that for a first go, wow!

  2. These are so cool! I watched the tutorial video for this, and it also looks super easy to achieve different patterns and textures (though your particular applications are awesome!) How were you applying the graphics like the faces? Painting directly on the gelli?

  3. Great prints! Thanks for sharing with the party!