Over the last 12 months I’ve done quite a bit of gelli plate printing using a few different methods; random rolling of paints, applying stencils, mark making with objects and the like. All have been done with either one or multi-layers of wet-on-wet paints. I’ve enjoyed the loose style of image transfer and the colour mixes.
For my first paint layer I used Matisse Structure acrylics (these will dry quite fast) and for my second layer I used Matisse Flow or Atelier Interactive acrylics (more slow drying). It’s wise to make note of whether your colour choices are opaque, semi-translucent or fully translucent as each will produce different results. My paper was smooth 110gsm cartridge.
My method was as follows:
- Place plastic stencil on gelli plate (it sticks nicely). Using a small sponge or soft applicator dab a mid to dark colour over the surface. Carefully remove the stencil and allow the paint on gellli plate to dry. By the time I’ve washed the stencil it’s ready.
- Using a lighter acrylic colour, squeeze a little on the gelli plate and roll it across the whole surface. Your first layer will remain in place. Immediately place paper over the top and press by hand. Lift off from one end. The first layer of dry paint will adhere to the second wet paint layer and all should transfer to the paper.
- Remove any remaining paint from the gelli plate with hand sanitiser. It’s quick, clean and easy. Then you’re ready to go again!