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