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The stencils, Recipe Card, and more

Well, DD was feeling so poorly yesterday she actually fell asleep while we were watching a movie!  That allowed me to sneak off and play for about an hour.  Woo hoo!

I wan

ted to share the prints using those stencils I cut. This one uses both the globe and the ink blot.


This one is pulled on a baby wipe.


This is the clean-up print from all the playing and no cleaning of the plate:


Love that one!

I also did another recipe card with the baby wipe info.  Honestly, it’s not really any different to pulling on deli paper or paper, except the fact you need to let the baby wipe dry out first.  But if you are wanting to collect a book of cards with samples, it might still be worth grabbing as a reminder of the technique and to show a sample.


There is also another two-tone variation, which involves getting a two-tone print by using the paint-y stencil paint side UP.


By laying the paint side of the stencil UP and pulling thru the stencil, the paint on top fills the masked area.


The texture the stencil gives makes it interesting, I think.  and I went ahead and pulled another globe over that, just for fun.


Phew.  Glad I got this done early as I can hear DD coughing and hacking upstairs.  <sigh> Another day of Barbie movies, I fear…. luckily I have my UKS Blog Hop post already scheduled for tomorrow….


Another Recipe Card

NOTE: Not sure if it’s me and my preferences that changed of if WordPress changed how they handle PDFs as attachments, but if you right click on the PDF link (just below this note) and select something like Download Linked File (that’s what I get on a Mac) then you should get it as a PDF rather than a display of an image.  Very odd – never used to happen like that…..


It’s been bugging me that I had the one Recipe but needed another so I could share the 2-to-a-sheet PDF.  This one has this technique and the Ombre load one.


I guess this is both a paper tool as well as a technique!

Have a print ready – best for this is a simple texture pull, nothing too busy but with some interest. I neglected to take a photo but something like a simple grid, bubble wrap, wiggly lines, etc.

AHA!  I did actually take a photo!


1. Start by punching a square (or rectangle, depending on your plate size) with an Anywhere Punch that is slightly smaller than your plate.  You want there to be a border (mine is about 1/4 inch) around the punched area and THAT area to be less than the size of your plate.


Here it is on the plate so you can see what I mean:


2.  Brayer the paint over the stencil


then remove the stencil.  If you are ready with another print or blank you should be able to flip the stencil then press it onto another print and “stamp” with it while the paint is still wet.


3.  Pull this print over the simple one.

Tip: I have the small plate, so if I am pulling on a bigger piece of paper, it helps to align the top edge of the paper with the top  edge of the plate.  Then when the paper is face-down on the plate, you can lightly pencil marks to denote the two side edges. When doing a two-stage print like this that should help keep things properly aligned.  Cutting the paper to size just means paint squidges out, gets on my fingers, and sometimes onto the print.

Dark over light works


as does light over dark!


and that one looks amazing IRL but less so on the screen.

For me, it’s the frame that makes it.  I have a ton of punches and many of them could produce something that works as a framer.  I just have to find the time to play!

We had a bit of drama yesterday when a trio of senior citizens on motorcycles were passing by.  Our road is narrow, twisty, hilly, and the end of our drive is on a very sharp S-bend.  One of them (he was 70 YO!) came off his bike.  One of the others came up to the house as they had no real idea of where they were to tell the ambulance.  I called 999 for them and could see the guy laying in a heap at the bottom of the drive.  The ambulance came quick, 5 minutes or so from the time we hung up I would guess, and they ended up taking him off to hospital – it was suspected that he didn’t lose control so much as perhaps blacked out which MADE him lose control. It was all a bit tense but his main concern was that no-one call his wife!  Thankfully one of his mates DID call his wife, and I’m hoping it all turned out fine for them all.

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Gelli Ombre & Recipe Card

NOTE:  Sorry to have lied in the title 🙂 I can’t add a single card, I need two to fill the sheet.  I’ll aim to do another soon and add the pair in one PDF.

ALSO, I had a few comments where people asked What I need is idea of what to do with my prints! I do have a few projects that I hope are a bit interesting in the Gelli Plate Play menu item at the top.  Hover over it and select Gelli Projects when the menu drops down. Hopefully some of those might inspire you.

I am hoping this will explain a bit better the post from yesterday.

Here’s the deal: If you apply dots of paint to the top of the PLATE, then try to brayer over them, even if you do so in as straight a line as possible, unless you have a MASSIVE brayer, certainly for the larger plates, to avoid mixing up the colours yo either have to roll out the width of the brayer, then apply more dots of the same size, onto the open area, and hope the spread is such that you don’t lose the defined bands of colour OR you have to clean off your brayer first so you don’t cross-contaminate.  If your cover is patchy, you have to deal with that as well.

What I found, even with the 6 x 6 plate, is that it is far easier, and gives a better result to add the paint to a piece of Fun Foam to spread it and load the brayer, and then brayer the paint on to the plate.

The nice thing is that the paint stays wet on the foam – I got at least 4 reasonable loads of the Gelli plate from one foam piece.  And I can wash the foam and reuse it again.

There are a few options for covering the plate.  You can brayer on the first section


Rotate the plate 180 degrees


then brayer the other side.  Depending on how you arrange your bands of colour you could get dark in to light then back out to dark again, OR two side-by-side groupings of the same colour strip.  I neglected to put a sheet of paper under the plate which would have made the colour arrangement a lot more obvious. And even though the coverage on the plate may look a little patchy, see the print below – it looks fine.


One helpful thing is to try to make the dots of paint match the size of the brayer – like so:


When you first try to roll out the paint on the Fun Foam, it will sqidge a little.  Be gentle, don’t press too hard, and stay in a straight line!


I also played with rolling the ombre strip in the middle, then rolling just on the edges – you just have to make sure only the edge of the brayer is on the plate.


Look how cool the print is!  And the ghost/2nd pull looks good too.


For these I just did the 1st pull then the 2nd, then the second layer for each was the reverse – I used a really simple combo so it should be obvious.


Left is 1st pull of yellow, with 2nd pull of green over the top. Right is 2nd pull of yellow, with 1st of green over the top.

But there is actually a lot more you can do!

Clean your brayer.  Look at the first complete rotation of the brayer, very dark, followed by the 2nd rotation, much lighter:


There is enough paint to use the foam as a stamp pad too:


And you can even pull a print off the foam:


AND if you spritz on a bit of water to the foam, you  can keep pulling off the paint – on paper at the left, on Deli paper on the right:


I am interested in experimenting with unrelated colours, just to see how that works.  Yellow, Pink, Orange and Turquoise might be interesting….

Ideally I would be adding the card here, but as they are set up to be two per sheet, I’ll have to come up with another one first.

I’ve added a Gelli Recipe Card page under the Gelli Plate Play menu at the top. That is where I’ll be “collecting” them for now and where you will find this one when I get a companion one finished!


Another set of Gelli Recipe cards

Still hoping that this idea might catch one and other Gelli Artists might take up the gauntlet and make their own versions of Gelli Recipe cards.

Now I finally seen DS back off to Uni (thru my tears) this idea is one I will hope to follow-up on.  So if you are a Gelli artist at any level, and you think you have a technique to share, consider making a card! Frankly, the more the merrier and I am keen not to have to make every card for MY Recipe Book myself!

Although one person I chatted to about this thought a download of the card template would be useful, since I use a weird little program no one else does, it would be a bit useless.  What I will do is give what I HOPE will become a standard, so if I were to download other recipe cards they would still “fit” in my book.

1. The text area should be no bigger than 4 3/4 inches by 6 1/4 inches


Why? Using a 5 x 7 inch blank (unlined) index card as the easiest base, this leaves 1/2 inch along one short edge for binding.  The size ALSO works for 5 x 8 index cards. The downloadable recipe is printed on a 5 x 7 inch index card and a print is pulled on the BACK.

2. The recipe area should contain photos and text. Be concise. Add any notes you think people will need to know, but leave room for them to add their own notes.

My hope is that although the photos are small, they will work with the text to give people enough info to have a go – actually making the sample for the back will solidify the technique.

Other than that, I certainly am not going to impose any rules. Some of my cards are portrait, some landscape – it really depends on how much info I feel I need to communicate!

Hands up, I admit I discovered a box ticked that constrained the proportions of my background boxes in my program.  I didn’t notice till I was working on the ones I did today that the cards were not the right size.  I am devastated.  I can only plead mommy-tears clouding my vision as my not-so-little baby bird flies the coop till Christmas. Deepest apologies, and I will immediately correct the download from yesterday and add the right ones here.  I hope people drop back by to get the right ones.

and new today:

Here are the two new cards:


and here are the samples.  Why is it so HARD to really show shimmer and glitter in a photo?  I did TRY…



Mica Powder


Anyone fancy joining in? If you DO make a card, tag it Gelli Recipe Cards and  comment here with a link.  I’ll be adding a page in the top menu for Gelli Recipe Cards and will consider buying a Mr Linky if it turns out anyone other than me does them LOL!

Now I am going to miss my boy a little bit more and watch a mindless teen-movie with DD.