Gelli plate printing

Last week I took an online introductory class on printing with a gelli plate. A gelli plate is a big rectangle made of a gelatin-like substance that you use as a basis for monoprinting. More details can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Gelli plate printing

Carla’s class not only consisted of the technical side of using the gelli plate, but also got you thinking about the colour, texture and contrast of the prints. Simplicity was a feature of the course: the stencils used were handmade out of card stock and the stamps were objects found around the home.

Stage 1: layers of paint with the brayer;
Stage 2: layers of paint marked with stencils and stamps;
Stage 3: layers of paint as a glaze, after modifications with additional stencilling/stamping and washing in the sink.

I loved the course…now I’ve got to decide what I’m going to make with my prints.

Print 1
Print 1

Print 2
Print 2

Print 3
Print 3

Print 4
Print 4

Print 5
Print 5

Print 6
Print 6

Print 7
Print 7

Print 8
Print 8

Print 9
Print 9

10 Responses to "Gelli plate printing"

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  1. Paula Gremour

    July 28, 2013 at 4:56 am

    all gorgeous !

    love color combos…especially the purple and yellows ! 🙂

  2. min

    July 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Paula

  3. Me-Bear

    July 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! These prints look gorgeous! Thanks for these inspiring photos.

    xx Monica

    • min

      August 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Me-Bear 🙂

  4. henriette

    May 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Such an awesome monoprints Amanda <3

  5. Nancy

    April 26, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I can’t believe these are from your first attempt. Luscious!

    • min

      April 26, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Nancy

  6. Carolyn

    February 17, 2017 at 5:41 am

    just came upon this, theyre fantastic! I wished you had made a youtube showing us how you got your gorgeous pieces! im a beginner and all mine dont look very good at all ….your textures and colours and …just great! thanks for sharing them

    • Sharron arnold

      May 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Carolyn, the beginners class by Carla Sonheim is really worth the $25. She introduces you to the basics and your prints will be so different to the usual ones you see on YouTube. I have done both the beginners and the more advanced one and keep referring back to them to teach my students!

  7. Paula Fuller

    August 17, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I love the color graduation in print 4, very soft.