Distress Ink pads and the Gelli

I was curious about using Distress ink on the Gelli.  Brayering it on didn’t give the sort of coverage I wanted so instead I tried pressing the ink pad directly to the surface of the plate.  







Unlike paint, the DI doesn’t really hold much pattern – you maybe can very faintly see the bubble wrap effect on this, but I doubt it.  

I had better luck using a stamp – after coating the plate I pressed a grid stamp into the ink – be sure to stamp off between pressings or you are just distributing the ink to the new spot, rather than removing it.  Still not a super-defined pattern but better.  A bit like super colourful burlap!



You can add a paint layer over – this pale pink was too pale but I think you can see the possibilities:



The contrast of the intense ink colour and the softer more matte paint is interesting.  and I really like metallic paint over it.



I didn’t want to contaminate my ink pads so I pressed them to the plate in a defined pattern so they didn’t overlap.  I also sketched around the paint, just to see what it would look like.

I had a go with a pull on Deli paper.  It takes a while to dry but I think, if you ironed it, it wouldn’t smudge (?) not sure.

DIonGellideliThe deli paper wrinkled, as you can see, but what was really interesting was the ghost pull on paper – the ink retained all of the interest from the stencil and from the wrinkle!

DIonGellideli2I really like that one!

And how about this: ink up the Gelli plate and lay down a stencil – pull thru the stencil.

DIonGelli6Then, with the stencil still in place, press a contrasting colour into the now empty areas.  When you pull away the stencil you can see the two areas of colour on the plate.  



So cool.



The rather patchy, beaded-up look of the ink is interesting.  Clearly ready for some more play with this idea!

And of course, in case you had any doubts, my desk is a mess once more….