Steps:1. Roll a light coat of color such as white, silver or pale gold onto the Gelli plate surface. 2. Lay a stencil over the wet paint and quickly lay a sheet of washi paper (smooth side down) on the plate. 3. Rub gently into the grooves of the stencil so the paper picks up the paint. 4. Lift off the washi paper and set aside to dry. 5.Make several prints as well as “ghost” prints with lighter colors, then add more saturated colors. Once the papers are completely dry you can coat the back with a contrasting color. This is where the washi paper shines! Because it is absorbent, the color will soak through the other side except the areas that are printed. The results are stunning!
- Thin down a contrasting acrylic paint with water. I used a combination of Paynes Gray and Phthalo Turquoise. My original print is light, so I want to use a darker color.
- Lay the washi paper printed side/smooth side down on a glass or non absorbent surface.
- Brush the thinned paint gently over the back of the sheet. Be careful not to rub as it may damage the paper. I always use a flat sheep hair hake brush. It holds lot’s of liquid and is very soft.
- Gently pick up the paper and leave somewhere to dry flat. The paper will be strong again once it’s completely dry.
Materials I used:
- 9” x 12” Gelli Arts Gel Plate
- 6H Yasutomo Sketch Pad 9” x 12”
- Fluid Acrylic paints: Holbein and Golden
- Tube acrylic paints: white and metallics
- Rubber Brayer
- Glass Cutting Mat or any non absorbent surface
- Sheep Hair Hake Brush (Yasutomo)
- Rubbing Baren 13 (Yasutomo)
- Tim Holtz Distress Sprays