How often do you purchase a new craft tool after watching hundreds of video tutorials from amazing artists, producing stunning pieces of work with said tool, only to find that when you want to get started with it, the basics seem to be nowhere to find?
This is exactly what happened to me when I purchased a gel printing plate, also known as Gelli Plate or Media Plate. I loved watching the video tutorials for more advanced printers, and lost many hours doing so, but I struggled to find a simple ‘this is a gel plate and here’s how you do your first print’ lesson. It was all a little daunting so I packed it away again for months.
Fast forward a couple of years and now, after many experiments and happy accidents (also some not-so-happy) I am confident enough to share with you my tutorial for your first few gel plate prints.
You may have had a play and are not quite getting the results you hoped for. Then this is also for you. I have striped it back to
- what a gel plate is
- what you really do and do not need to use with it
- medium, tools and paper
- how to get started with a basic print
- the right way to add the mediums
- how to clean the plate
- which of your existing craft tools can you use with it
- handy tips and tricks
- and a few quick and simple techniques to make you on to the next level with some layered prints.
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