Virtually free texture plates for Gelli printing

I am so excited about this one.  

I have been looking at my Gelli printed wallpaper circles, as they are pretty much in mu line of sight as I sit at my Mac, and it got me thinking.  I knew I had seen wallpaper rolls at the local DIY store that were white or cream, meant to be [painted over, to produce a textured wall covering.  Is this the dreaded Artrex?  Not sure.  But when I was there to buy some duct tape and painters tape I had a look.  OMG!  There is a HUGE selection.  What I had not realized was that the “paper” actually has an almost plastic-y feel to it.  ALMost like Fun Foam.  And the texture is actually raised quite high.  AND best of all, they et you tear off a chunk as a free sample, presumable so you can take it home and see if you would like to have it on your walls.  I scored a good-sized selection:



I only took patterns that spoke t me, and ones where a roll was already opened and a sample already torn off by someone who probably took it to use for it’s intended purpose.  A couple really are too cool.  This one has two huge (full 8×10 size) leaves that I know I will love using.



But I decided to start with this more overall pattern.

3freetextureCan you see the raised bits actually have some texture to them?  You’ll see it better in the print.

So simple.  I always save all the hard cardboard (thicker than cereal box card but not as thick as mat board) from the back of the 100s of paper pads we seem to acquire for various reasons)  All I did was put down a good cover of ATG tape and press the wallpaper sample to it, then trim.



4freetextureYou can see from the overhang that the samples are big enough to cover the A4 size card with room to spare.  I think they might cover a piece of matboard (if you can score some offcuts for free like I can from my local framer) big enough to make a plate for the larger Gelli plates.  The strips I got were 21 inches wide!

I trimmed to the edge of the card and then decided to go ahead and do another paper on the back side.  Why not have a double-sided plate?

I picked this pattern for the reverse:



Loaded the plate with paint, pressed on the texture then removed it. Wow.



You can really see the texture of the raised areas on the wallpaper, and you can see how clear the pattern has transfered to the plate.

And the print?

9freetextureNice! and the wallpaper wipes clean in a snap with a baby wipe.



The other side prints like this:

10freetextureThere is less texture on those leaves, but I still like it a lot.

So I have another 10 or so to play with.  But you just gotta love free tools, right?