Gel plate! New life for scrapbooking rub-ons?

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I am going to try to get back to experimenting with my supplies and today it’s Gel plate printing.

I saw a YouTube video about things that resist when gel plate printing and it made me think about the box of old scrapbooking rub-ons that I have hanging around. I did get rid of a ton of them in my last major tidy up (which, of course, I now deeply regret doing) but I do still have a lot of word ones. I had a play. It’s as easy as rubbing on the words them pressing them on to the (lightly) paint covered gel plate

It’s a bit tricky to get the pressure right but you can see the rub-ons resist the paint!

And the words pull the right way round, which is critical.

I am very out of practice, but I had a go at pulling an actual print.

I build up the entire composition (well, tried to anyway) by adding some texture and stencils and ended up with this:

It probably doesn’t look a tn better IRL but overall I like the process and the technique. What I still have a LOT of is the little individual rub-on letter booklets so I am not limited by the few word sheets I do have. I think this is something worth playing with to see what can be done. I don’t have a photo of it but I was able to get a resist from a second attempt. Not sure how many you can get from one rub-on, but I’ll have to give it a go and see. And I am curious to see how image rub-ons might work, if there are brands that are better than others, and how best to use them. I am quite interested in the one-pull prints, rather than layered ones, so yeah, probably going to play more with that for a bit. But even typing this I have an idea to test so…


One thought on “Gel plate! New life for scrapbooking rub-ons?

  1. Pingback: WOYWW 658 – Neurographic art, late to the party? | scrappystickyinkymess

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