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Meet your dream plate and fall in love with a faster, friendlier approach to printmaking. For artists and crafters who love the creative possibilities of monoprinting on gelatin but not the prep time, mess and inconvenience that comes with it, the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate is a dream come true! It’s durable, reusable, stored at room temperature, and ready to get creative whenever you are. Simply apply paint with a soft rubber brayer, make your marks and pull your print. It’s that simple! Wipe the plate down with a spritz of water and a paper towel, and you’re ready to go again. In this premier guide, artist Joan Bess—inventor of the concept for the Gelli plate—unleashes the fun through more than 50 step-by-step techniques. Create intriguing patterns using tools like sponges, textured rollers and homemade combs. Learn how to incorporate stencils and rubber stamps. Experiment with metallic paint, dimensional paint and gel medium. Become a texture-hunter, creating a wide world of effects using embossed papers, natural objects, rubber bands, lace, corrugated cardboard, metal tape, die cut letters…anything goes! Even beginners can enjoy immediate gratification—just grab a textured surface, smoosh it into your painted Gelli plate, and you’ll have a stack of amazing prints in no time. For experienced printmakers, the inspirations in these pages will push you to experiment, adapt, combine and layer. It’s easy, fun and totally addicting! Printmaking just got easier! Expert tips from the creator of the Gelli plate 50+ awesome step-by-step techniques Ideas for incorporating stamps and stencils, using ghost prints, salvaging uninspired prints, and more 26-page gallery shows the many wonderful ways artists are incorporating Gelli printing into their work | In this premier guide, artist Joan Bess—inventor of the concept for the Gelli plate—unleashes the fun through more than 50 step-by-step techniques. Create intriguing patterns using tools like sponges, textured rollers and homemade combs. | Printmaking is an art that puts many people off because they fear it’s too complicated or that they’ll have to invest a lot of money in fancy tools and supplies. And that is exactly why Gelli plate printing has quickly gained such a huge following; it’s so basic and friendly, most people don’t even remember that it IS printing or they didn’t realize it all! Many books include projects using Gelli plates (including recently-released North Light book Acrylic Solutions), but this is the first book to focus on the Gelli plate process and to offer so many fun and cool techniques and projects. It comes directly from the most qualified talent to write the book Gelli Arts’ co-founder Joan Bess.
After an easy-to-follow introduction to the basics of Gelli printing, readers will be shown over 50 stepped-out techniques for using their Gelli plate, such as incorporating stamping, sponges and stencils, creating collage, faux chine colle, using ghost prints and much, much more. In addition, over 20 inspiring gallery artists will contribute finished art that uses the techniques.
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