Ever since I started playing with the Gelli Plate I have been obsessed with creating similar prints using watercolor paints.
What I love most about the prints created using the Gelli Plates is their randomness. Each print is completely different and they have a unique sense of depth and interest.
After some practice I have come up with a technique that works. I am loving the results.
Now I am obsessed with creating watercolor prints. :)
You will only need a handful of supplies to create watercolor prints.
- Watercolors (I used Color Burst Pigments and Distressed Spray Ink, but you could use any spray ink or watercolor paints.)
- Watercolor Paper or Watercolor Journal
- Paint Brush
- Non-porous work surface. (They do not recommend using spray ink with the Gelli Plate as it can stain the surface. I chose to use a piece of plastic to create my prints.)
- Paper Stencils or Die-Cuts (I didn't try regular stencils, but I think you could adapt the process to use them. I like using paper stencils as I can use them on other projects and I don't have to clean them. That is a win-win in my book.)
- Water Spray Bottle
The process is pretty simple.....and very messy. So have fun! Watch the video below for complete details of the print making process.
- Cover work surface with spray ink or watercolor paints. If using pigment powders spray surface with water and then add the powders. Spray liberally with water.
- Move color around with paint brush.
- Lay stencil onto ink/paint.
- Lay watercolor paper over stencil.
- Press paper to pick up the color. Continue until color seeps through the back side.
- Remove watercolor to reveal your print.
These are just some of the prints I created.
I will be sharing some completed projects later this week. Until then, get messy and let me know if you have any questions.