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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:06 pm    Post subject: Gelli plate  Reply with quote

Anyone got or tried one of these?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No it is quite expensive and I didn't want to get anything that would sit in a draw and not been used been caught out to many times do like the effect though.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've watched Barbara Gray demonstrating it on TV but haven't been tempted! Can't think I need it - I use stencils for making backgrounds.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the samples in the videos look amazing -unlikely to have time to play with it until the weekend
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't use my geli plate nearly as much as I should (keeping it safe in a drawer probably doesn't help) but when I do make space to get it out I have a lovely time.  I started off using it in the summertime and the heat dried the acrylic paint out so quickly that I put the plate away for colder seasons.  This was not a good move!

I didn't think I would have much need of one until I used it at a Clarity retreat and became hooked.

It would be interesting to learn from your course what sort of paints you will be using and of course inks

There are some good tutorials on YouTube and of course the Gelli Plate people have their own web site and blog, which is very interesting

Looking forward to seeing how you get on with it
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have looked at the Gelli plate blog but will save Yout tube until i have started otherwise i will get too bogged down -hoping to have an hour or so tomorrow. the lady in the shop says they use a lot of the Golden range of acrylics but i will use what i have for now. Will pass on ideas but not going until May!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one Vonny but have only used it once or twice.  I keep being told that I need to get it out more - but I must admit I am not very patient and hate the clearing up!!

Andy Skinner does alot with the Gelli plate too
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had my first try and learnt a lot
thin acrylic paints (DI paint) don't work well as they bead up and lose the definition of any patterns made in the paint
I used too much paint at first
opacity of  paints seems to be important -i used a light colour but it covered over everything as it was very opaque. None of the paints I have tell you about their opacity. I looked in a local art shop - mainly Daler Rowny but these do mention opacity. Not cheap so didn't buy any as  i know that where i am doing the workshop they have the Golden Range
this is the best of the 4 sheets I did


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rather like that Vonny.  Don't throw away your other sheets though as you may always use them for backgrounds

My favourite pull is when you have done all your printing and there's just a wee bit of paint left on the Gelli plate that needs to be removed.  I cover the whole thing with a little Titanium Buff (beige) and pull a couple more prints.  The paint you wanted to clean off comes away with the Titanium Buff and looks quite effective
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks lovely Vonny

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't throw any away as they can all be used for something.
thanks for the clean up tip Mickie- i have been watching a few You tube videos and most people don't clean up before adding more colours -so i will try this when I get my next play time Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely don't throw them away - great start Vonny Smile  I need to get my gelli plate out again!  I haven't used it since long before I sent it to Jennie to try
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You must get that plate out again Miriam.  I have had a couple of play sessions since Vonny "forced" me to get some use out of mine Laughing  

I see Barbara Gray has been using PaperArtsy Fresco paints with her Gelli plate.  Feel I really need to try that especially as I would have said that they dry too fast.  Hmmm.  Maybe I just need to be a lot quicker Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can get a medium to slow the drying time if needed -the one i saw on You Tube was Golden Acrclic Glazing medium. Just add  a squirt and brayer it into the paint as you  spread it on you plate
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah!  That's what you do with it.  I have some Slow drying Medium by Winsor & Newton that I found in a recent tidying session might try it out with the Frescos
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there you go Mickie -let us know how it works. If I find the You tube vid again I'll try to link it
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a fun session with this yesterday and started to get better at the layering. Here are my two favourite pieces.



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the top, yellow one is made from a main print (the yellow) then a ghost print with a simlar pattern. the ghost print from the yellow print (second printing) is over the top of various layers on the second print.
I also did a few envelopes and a couple of book pages which came out well
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Vonny.  You look to be really enjoying your Gelli plate
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are certainly achieving some great effects Vonny. I haven't gone down that route - I did try Miriam's (bless her!). I didn't get very good results
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have enjoyed it so far but can see that I will end up lods of papers!

At the craft shop yesterday the owner suggested using hand sanitiser to help stop the paints drying out as well as making them go further. she also had some good value acrylic paints (1.25 or 2.00 for metallics) so have bought some to try. had to sort out another storage basket once I got them home!

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