Gelli Plate

I skipped doing my “homework” from my art class this week (I didn’t like the assignment LOL), feeling guilty for not doing some artsy stuff, I decided to get out my Gelli Plate. It was much more fun to make these prints than do my homework!

I had stumbled across a tutorial page with stencils and mixed media journal pages and knew that using the Gelli Plate was an alternative to quickly fill a page with a colorful background.

A Gelli Plate is a printing plate that is a lot of fun and comes in different sizes and shapes. It does feels a little bit like jello (although much sturdier) and is advertised as a method of creating monoprints without a press.

You can print on any type of paper or with the proper type of paint you can print on cloth.IMG_20160623_205457

Here is a link demonstrating how to do it.  You can find lots of people creating beautiful pages on YouTube too. My problem is what to do with all these papers!?

I received a little notebook a few months ago and I had been trying to decide what to use it for. Lately I’ve come across some images of people creating tiny little journals, like only 1 inch by 1 inch and while I find them very intriguing I am not sure I am ready to start making those too! But it gave me an idea for what to do with this notebook.IMG_20160623_205516

My plan is to fill the pages of the notebook with prints and then use it for doodling. It’s small size will make it easy to carry and use when waiting at the doctor’s office or sitting on a plane.IMG_20160623_205709 (1)

And just in time this blog post came out describing how to use vegetables with your Gelli Plate. I only have a few stencils so these ideas will help add variety.  I also need to take the time to create some simple stencils and printing tools.


This is done on deli paper.



Ink Blot Chickens!

I’ve done a few pages of these chickens and here are a few for your viewing pleasure. They are fun!


I like the crazy legs on this guy.




This is my favorite.


Ink Dropper Cats

Here are several ink dropper cats I made this evening with transparent burnt umber ink and water color paper. I love using the ink dropper to draw. I can get thick and thin lines, along with dark and light color. It’s fun seeing what happens on the paper. The ink was still wet, so I decided to wait and maybe add whiskers later.


I used the dip pen to add a few lines here and there. Not sure I like the effect.



I used tissue paper to pick up some of the extra ink and make some of the marks lighter. 


I like the left ear and eyes on this guy.


The ink isn’t dry on this one yet you can see the ink making a shadow on the paper in the tail. I like this guy a lot and wanted to add more details but was afraid to mess it up.


I like his eyes….but no his body.