I did some Gelli prints last night, combining three ideas. Two were techniques for the background of a print, and the third was to ghost print a piece of origami.
Experiment #1: Making a stamp from interfacingI saw this blog post, about making a stamp of sorts out of fusible interfacing, on the Gelli Plate blog, and thought I'd give it a try. I fussy cut heavy, double-sided, fusible stabilizer to make some background stamps with flowers and leaves.
|Interfacing, fussy cut and ready to iron|
|Some prints and the used interfacing stamp|
In addition to the stamps with leaves, I took the handfuls of little scraps of interfacing from my cutting and ironed them onto a backing to make the abstract stamp that I used to make the purple origami print at the top of this post. That's my favorite of the stamps; it goes very well with the origami, as it looks a bit like crumpled paper.
Experiment #2: Using embossing folders to make texture platesAt some point, I tried using the embossing folders right on the Gelli plate, which worked to make a texture, but was a pain because I got paint on my folder that needed fairly prompt attention. This time, i embossed a piece of mixed media paper and used the paper to make textured prints on my Gelli plate. It worked spectacularly well. I love finding another use for something I already own!
|The folders and the embossed paper, after |
I have made a few prints with it.
|Geli Print on deli paper, made using embossed paper|
Experiment #3: Origami stencilI used an origami dragon to make these prints. It took me many tries to find the order and number of prints to get the look I was after. In the image below, you can see the well painted piece of origami next to a print (which I evidently made with the wings folded to the other side). The process for this one included a miraculous act of registration, but the image is good to show the ghost printed creases in the print.
Here's what I did on my most successful prints: First I inked the Gelli Plate with the color and texture for the background and pulled a print. That background became the origami paper in my image, and showed through in the background of the whole print. Then I inked the plate with the color that would make the creases in the final image. I placed the origami image onto the inked plate, pressed it down firmly and removed it. Then I pulled the final print, effectively making a ghost print from the piece of origami.
|In this print, I used the dirty Geli plate as my background texture. In the second inking, I used my interfacing scrap stamp to add texture before placing the origami on the plate.|
Thanks for looking!