Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Faux Gelli Plate :-)

So many of us have found the gelli plate printing so interesting and would love to try it, but sometimes.....life gets in the way of us spending the extra money for "just fun" things.  The company my husband works for decided to save money on insurance and make higher deductibles, dr visit fees, etc. so after 3 surgeries since last August and another coming up.........I can't justify the extra money for too many of those things right now. I know Von is just one who would like a gelli plate....but is patiently waiting.  :-)  Well, I saw something online that gave me the idea to try this and since it worked....I thought I'd share it for Von and anyone else who would be interested. 
After trying it with one sheet of craft foam/fun foam I realized that it really needed to be 2 thick or buy the thicker foam. Since I already had the thin I glued 2 together.

I used one of the plastic sheets you use for your oven on top, put 3 different colors of paint on, used my brayer and.......it worked.  :-)

 I should have used more paint but I actually like the way it came out.  This was the first page.

This page was after I sprayed on some water and used what was left. I'm anxious to try this with stencils, masks, and whatever else I can think of.  

By the way.....I met Von through Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos and we have so much fun on our Mixed Media Monday Nights at 6pm PST. We'd love for you to join us.  :-)


Jean said...

How cool is that! I have been wanting one too!

Rhonda H said...

Great alternative! I will have to try it -- even though I have a Gelli plate, I am always on the lookout for different interesting textures for backgrounds and I happen to have a couple of those foam sheets hanging around... thanks for the info!

Paula said...

Oh my goodness. That is awesome and so creative. I can't buy a gelli plate right now either due to medical expenses but i really wanted one. I'm going to give this a try. thank you so much for sharing. ♥

Von said...

OMGosh, Andy!!!! Thank you honey!!! And I already have that thick foamie sheet too!!! I would never have thought of using that in a million and one years ... you're brilliant! Well, I know what I'll be doing tomorrow!! :-D ((((hugs))))

Kay Wallace said...

Just such a creative alternative to the Gelli Plate, Andy! Amazing results! You go, Girl!

Sharing My Thoughts said...

Aw, I am so happy that it will help so many of you! It does give a neat texture depending on the texture of your oven/craft sheet. <3 to all of you! :-)