Monday, September 22, 2014

Gelli Printing and the Hidden Stencil Technique

 I spent a productive morning making Gelli Printed folders for the class I'm teaching at ArtSwarm in November. I busied myself working on a few new techniques, paints and tools that I want to use in the class... and came up with 25 file folders!
Here's one of my favorite ones. I limited myself to three layers of Gelli printing and just five colors of paint. 
 I came up with a few prints, besides the folders...
 Loved the colors and textures. I just got carried away with the process and didn't realize that hours had passed.
And while I was doing it I stumbled upon a fun result. Unexpected by me, but surely others have figured this out. 
Let's call it the hidden stencil technique. I roll paint onto my Gelli Plate by using a brayer that is inked in paint. I like to clean it off by rolling it onto a separate paper that I keep beside my Gelli. For some reason this time, I set the paper on a stencil and rolled the brayer across to clean it.
And a rubbing appeared. I loved the look of this, so I kept the stencil there and continued to clean my brayer on the paper, leaving the stencil in place. I had a few papers going -- so that I kept paint in the same color family together (reds and oranges on one sheet; blues and purples on a second sheet) and produced even more mono prints... loved it!

Here are two of the stencil behind-the-paper pieces. You can see the different brayer strokes in the different colors with the hidden stencils.


6 comments:

Sadelle said...

Ooh this looks like a great idea, Daniela! Woot!

Sand Hill Art said...

Now that's what I'd call a Happy Accident!

Kristy Tyra said...

Great idea!

Kristy Tyra said...

Great idea, doing it on purpose!

laurel said...

Very cool! De definitely going to try that out.

Jo Ann F. said...

Thanks for your great tip!