Mixed Media Tutorial: 4 Easy Steps Using A Gelli Plate and Texture

I'm back with another edition of the Gelli Plate tutorials. We first made simple backgrounds, then we used masks to make fun designs. Today we're going to dive into using texture. This is lots of fun and I have you tell you that you can do so much more than what I'm showing you with these textures I found in the kids' craft section at Walmart.

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures



I was browsing Facebook one day and someone in one of the groups I'm in, found these really cool foam texture sheets at Walmart. I had to go grab them right away and I'm so in LOVE with them!!! I use them not just on my Gelli Plate, but also use them as stamps on my canvases and in my art journals. The are so cheap and seriously a MUST-HAVE!!!

SUPPLIES:

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures
  1. Gelli Plate (I'm using the 6"x6" square)
  2. Craft Mat
  3. Brayer
  4. Paper (I also use deli paper for rolling off excess paint and printing)
  5. Acyrlic Paint (I'm using Liquitex BASICS in Titanium White)
  6. Textured Items (I'm using the foam textures I got at Wal-Mart)
I've also used embossing folders, stamps, doilies, plastic needlework canvas... basically anything you can find around the house with some kind of texture on it. Even the bottom of shoes or cheap $1 flip flops, bubble wrap, shelf liner, etc work awesome. You can find many great examples of items around the house in my stamping with items around the house tutorial.

You can even make your own using the non-brush end of a paint brush and styrofoam, etching in your own designs. You can also heat up some foam sheets put it in an embossing folder and press firmly together, or send through your manual die cutting machine.




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HOW TO:

So, let's get started on this super easy and fun tutorial!

STEP ONE: add a dab of paint to your gelli plate, just like we've done for the past two tutorials.

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

STEP TWO: using the brayer, spread it out... just like we've done with the past two tutorials.
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

STEP THREE: press the texture into the paint and lift off... like you're stamping it onto the paint
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

STEP FOUR: add your paper down and press into it... I use just one card and put a piece of deli paper on top avoid the mess on my hands and also to print on deli paper to use later.
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

Pull up and VIOLA!!! You can now see the yummy texture on your paper and still see the original background through it.
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures


MORE THAN ONE TEXTURE

This is the really fun part. You don't need to stick to one texture. Using my hand for pressure, I just stamped on bits here and there all over the plate until I've covered the whole area.
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

First dots, then grid in the corners...
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

then hexagons...
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

then the swirls...
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

then the chevron...
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures

Here are my finished cards. Well, not technically, I'm saving them for the next tutorial. I love the added texture to the cards!
4 easy steps for creative mixed media backgrounds tutorial using a Gelli Arts Plate and textures


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