I know this is not the case for everyone. Some are so afraid of messing something up or ruining a project they simply choose to do nothing at all. That fear as always been at the heart of this blog and the reason I teach. I will die a happy women if never again a tool is left unused out a fear. (Ok, that might be a little over the top, but you get the idea.) Read on to learn about my adventures of Gelli Plating.
Since I am sharing secrets with you, I will share another. I am not a huge fan of paint. ****GASP*** I know, I know, how can I call myself a crafter and not love paint. (I think I might lose my carfter's card over this.) Why don't I love paint? It always feels too permanent for me. I like color mediums that I can still manipulate even after it has dried. Once paint has dried.....that's it, you're stuck with it.
This is probably why I put off purchasing a Gelli Plate. Generally it is only used with paint, which, given my dislike of paint, did not appeal to me. But I eventually caved.
Which gets me back to secret #1......fear of using something new. I decided to share my adventures with you. The good, the bad and the ugly. I always tell my students everyone begins in the same place. It is in the trying that one learns, that one excels, that one masters.
I am a long way from mastering the Gelli Plate. But I did thoroughly enjoy using it and it makes me like my paints a little bit more. I like that it only transfered a thin layer and I LOVE that I can use it to build layers. That makes me very happy.
If you would like to see my first Gelli Plate experience (HA! That means I just lost my Gelli Plate virginity. LOL!) enjoy the video below.
These are some of the resulting prints I ended up with. Not everything turned out as good as I wanted, but I still learned a lot. (I also learned that I need to purchase some more paint. This means a trip to the craft store.......like I'm feeling bad about that!) I can see using the Gelli Plate could be totally addicting. I am sure there will be a longer session in my future and I promise to share the results.
These are the final prints from the video where I used Gel Medium to create a resist. I love how they turned out. I used the first print on my November tag....which I will be sharing in the near future. (Like, next week.)
So if you have a tool or product that is collecting dust pull it out and get to know it a little be better, you might be surprised at the results. Thanks for stopping by, your support means the world to me.