Mixed Media Tutorial: 4 Easy Steps with a Gelli Plate and Masks

Last week I shared an intro to creating backgrounds using a Gelli Printing Plate. This week we add another step to the process and and use some masks.

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


This is really where the fun begins, when you start adding more texture to your backgrounds. I'm going to use a contrasting color and stick with the greens and blues. Before you begin this step you need to make sure your backgrounds are completely dry so they don't muddy the colors. Have fun and I can't wait to see what you guys start creating with your Gelli Plates.

SUPPLIES: 6x6 Gelli Plate, Brayer, Masks (these are cut files I cut with the Silhouette Portrait from Sillhouette Stencil Material), paper with Gelli printed backgrounds, assorted acrylic paint (using Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paints)
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds



4 STEP HOW TO

A lot of this will look familiar to you, it's very much like the introduction/background tutorial, we just add the masks in between the steps.


  • STEP ONE: add dabs of assorted colors that are close to each other on the color wheel (so you don't make mud)

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


  • STEP TWO: using your brayer, spread and blend the paint dabs together.

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


  • STEP THREE: place your masks on top.

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


  • STEP FOUR: place your paper with the painted side down.

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


  • STEP FOUR(b): add a piece of scratch paper (I'm using deli paper) over the top so you don't get your fingers messy and/or to get a really cool print to use elsewhere.

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


  • STEP FOUR(c): press down firmly and/or use your brayer to really get some firm pressure

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

See? This is why I use deli paper that I can cut out and use in another project for collage... how cool is that?!
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Pull up your paper to see the pattern showing up. YUM!
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds


JUST KEEP PRINTING! 

I don't like to waste paint, so when I pull up the masks, there is that image remaining with leftover paint.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

So, I add some more paper on top and press down firmly
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

When I pull it up, you'll see what's called a "ghost image". You can lightly see the circle and leaf images on the backgrounds.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

I can never do just one piece of paper at a time, so let's do it again! Let's repeat the same steps to get some more impressions.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

You can see here, I went thicker with the paint to test out if the image will be more pronounced.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

YUM! I just love these circle and leaves!
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Adding a new piece of paper to the top to see what I get.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

I'm using the same piece of deli paper but I turned it 90 degrees to make a framed print.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Yes, I like the thicker paint better, you can really see the print now.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Isn't this pretty? I've got tons of paint left for another impression.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Adding a few more cards on top, layering them to get different areas.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Oh gosh, I love this "ghost image" and really love using more paint with these. Good lesson learned by experimenting!
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Check out my deli paper frame! So much fun!
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

I'm finding that I really like the "ghost images" so I'm going to do my first print on the deli paper.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

This is so much fun! I love how it turned out on the deli paper and can't wait to use this in some of my collage projects.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Now I'm going to add some of the cards back on to get the "ghost image".
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

I went back and did another layer on top of other layers and added more blue to some of the cards.
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds

Aren't these YUMMY?!?! I seriously LOVE playing with the Gelli plate and masks. I love how some of the images are more pronounced and some are much more subtle. I can't wait to show you what I do with these next week!
4 easy steps mixed media tutorial using a Gelli Arts plate and masks for creating fun backgrounds




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