Well yesterday, Peter was out golfing, so I sat and watched some tutorials on YouTube about Gelli-Art and discovered the "Gelli plate & packaging tape" method and I must say I'm very pleased with the results I got today. The photos don't really do the end result justice, so if you fancy having a go, I can highly recommend it so that you can see for yourself....BUT....you have to have lots of patience for the drying time if you use open acrylics like I did for the base colours! Here we go.......
Using a clarity brush & the open acrylics, brush them randomly and blend them on the Clarity mat & lay the Gelli plate onto it, leaving one of the Perspex sheets on the top of it as you need to lay it down after pulling off the mat.
Pull the Gelli plate from the Clarity mat and lay Perspex-side down......then the fun starts.......
Brayer white acrylic paint onto your Clarity blending mat and dip anything you like the shape of into the wet paint...be quick though before it dries! For interest, I did the same with some gold acrylic too (did you notice I forgot to put the gold acrylic & flower stamp in the photo's?).
Archival ink works well on this too, once the acrylics dry, you can stamp anything onto it with no transfer of the acrylic paint, so I used Ranger Olive Archival ink for the leaves.
Lay the wide Cellotape onto the Gelli-plate and press down well so that you can remove all the paint on each strip, (this would work well with the wide or narrow Cellotape). Make sure that you use a craft mat under the Gelli-plate when you do this - don't put paper under the Gelli-plate as the ends of the tape will stick to it and you need these free to peel the tape off.
Peel off and lay sticky-side-up onto a piece of copy paper.......Bring on the Gilding Flakes and Perfect Pearls - wherever there's any sticky tape still exposed, choose where to put the Gilding Flakes and brush the remaining sticky areas with various contrasting Perfect Pearls.
Add a bit of Stampendous Fran-tage Silver Crushed Glass Glitter - make sure you press it flat though as you don't want any edges poking through the Cellotape!
I stuck the tape onto an old book page, but then decided it was wasted on there so I took it off.........
Looks much better stuck onto white card - to do this I used a glue tape runner across the card then stuck the tape to it - great borders!
Next projects will be to use these me thinks!
Crafty love to all xxx