Birthday Gifts, Gelli Arts, Gelatin Printing and Monoprinting Videos

Tuesday was my birthday (Yayyyy Me!) and my sweet hubby surprised me with a Gelli Plate for monoprinting type artwork. If you aren't familiar with a Gelli Plate, check out this link to their blog - Gelli Arts . Here are a few examples of fun things you can create using one of their Gelli Plates.

And a cool video showing how to create some of these awesome art designs - 

People have been doing monoprinting for ages using glass plates, gelatin plates, and lots of other smooth surfaces. I experimented with making my own gelatin plates using Knox gelatin and did have some success with it. Here is a link to start your research for making your own if you like - Making Your Own Gelatin Plate. Just go to Linda Germain's Blog for tons more tips and techniques. 

Although Linda makes it look super easy, there are some drawbacks to using a gelatin plate. For starters, the gelatin must be kept in the fridge and it does breakdown easily. It also does NOT last forever. More like 10 days to 2 weeks. 

So....I requested a Gelli Plate for my birthday and I got one! I'm very grateful for my hubby and my Gelli Plate.  :) I'll be playing with it and creating all kinds of cool art really soon once things settle down from the holidays.  

Until I get to create some prints using my Gelli Plate, here are a few images of artwork that I created using my homemade gelatin plate and a very smooth piece of laminated shelving.

I'm looking forward to seeing how different my prints will be with the Gelli Plate!

Here's another video showing a few more techniques using the Gelli Plate. Gelli Arts now has 3 sizes of Gelli Plates to choose from.

Fun huh?

What's on your Christmas Wish List? Got anything artsy on your list that you would care to share with us? I'd love to hear!  

Happy Creative Holidays!  :) 



Lisa Graham Art said...

Aw...Happy Birthday to you Itaya! I have seen another artist do some prints like the different patterns.

I want canvases for Christmas! Lots of them...and wood! :)

Itaya Art said...

Thank you Lisa! For these monoprints, I'm thinking backgrounds for paintings, digital backgrounds for digital creations, and leaving just as is for some of them. :)

I want some wood panels to paint on so I'm adding that to my list. Hope you get tons of canvases!

Lynette (NZ) said...

Hey Itaya - thanks for visiting my blog. Gelli prints are so fun aren't they - not done playing with that plate by a long shot for sure. Happy Easter :-)


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