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Atttack of the Gelli Plate!


The mortgage is due.  There is an issue with the insurance company that I need to follow up on.  The garden needs to be shut down for winter.  Lots of cleaning should be done.  What did I do? None of that! I got out my Gelli Plate.  Once it was out of the plastic it attacked me, held me hostage in my studio.  I couldn’t leave…okay, I didn’t want to leave. It was just too much fun!

Anything in reach was fair game for the plate.  I was thinking about the bills at least as I used their envelopes…Ribbon, envelopes, even the old jeans my daughter should have picked up off the floor ended up on the Gelli Plate!






One of the things I love out the Gelli Plate is I have to work fast.  No time to ponder a choice once the paint is rolled out since I used cheap craft paints.  Another thing I love is the leftovers.  These are pieces that I used in the paint or cleaned my brayer on in between prints.  I think I see an art journal page here already!

I don’t have lots of in-progress shots but I will have a video coming shortly!

As November starts a month often filled with thoughts of gratitude (Thanksgiving) I am so thankful that Sandy has passed and that the East Coast is beginning to heal and repair.  The coast has so much to rebuild- my heart goes out to each and every person effected by Sandy!

Congrats to Janette!  She’s the random winner (thanks random.org) of the experimentation kit!

Want to see more creativity?  Check out Paint Party Friday, Art Every Day Month, and Art Journal Every Day!


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  • Maria McGuire November 1, 2012, 5:16 pm

    I couldn’t wait to see those jeans and they didn’t disappoint! I do believe you got it down! Now you will have to excuse me–I’m off to the recycling drawer to pull out the envelopes!!!!

  • Marja November 1, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Wonderful and beautiful again Carolyn. Wonderful work with the gelli plate.
    lovely greet

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours November 2, 2012, 12:37 am

    Ooh, this gelli plate looks like another art addiction I better avoid! So many gorgeous pieces and obviously a whole lotta fun!

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth November 2, 2012, 1:49 am

    So many of my blogging friends are using these plates. They are simply beyond my art budget, but I really, really love the look you get when you use them. So much fun to see your experiments and the leftovers.

    • Anne Marie Potmeer November 6, 2012, 2:20 am

      make your own, bakingplate or plate , fill with gelatine 6 cups of water , in the fridge wait till is hard…and use..and after 5 days cut in pieces and put in a bowl, reheat in microwave and repoure in plate…into fridge restart…

  • NatashaMay November 2, 2012, 6:42 am

    I wanna play, too!! 🙂 This looks fabulous!

  • Ginny November 2, 2012, 8:23 am

    It looks like you had lots of fun in the studio. Now, I have something fun to do with all of those envelopes that come in every day.

  • Cynthia November 2, 2012, 8:58 am

    Very cool!! Love those jeans too! And what a really creative and inspiring way to use up old envelopes!

  • denthe November 2, 2012, 9:03 am

    Oooohh! Gorgeous! I love how you used just about everything for it! Please let that video come soon ☺ The more I see of the gelliplate, the more I want it. Maybe it’ll be a Xmaspresent this year ….

  • Faye November 2, 2012, 9:31 am

    Carolyn, what a splendid array of fun paintings! I don’t have gelliplates and don’t really know what it is, but it looks like so much fun for painting backgrounds that I may try to acquire this. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Corrine November 2, 2012, 9:53 am

    A rainbow of gorgeosity my friend. Now I may have to get out my gelli today and play away, I need a play day all to myself and you have inspired me with this abundance of fabulous stuff……Some gelli ribbon, that’s so fun! The garden will survive, you better pay the mortgage though!!! and will your daughter speak to you now that her jeans have taken on so many hues??? xox

  • Marji November 2, 2012, 9:54 am

    I had to smile when I read your post. I’m the same way.. The more that needs to be done around the house – the more I want to head to the studio and get lost in anything but what I should be doing. Love those envelopes! Beautiful colors. Happy PPF

  • Dawn Jones November 2, 2012, 10:02 am

    The more I see come from these Gelli Plates the more I believe I NEED one! I could also use the push to work faster as well. One of my mantras is “Think less, do more.” but the voice in my head does not always connect to my hands. I’m sure many fun pages will come from these bits and pieces, can’t wait to see them!

  • Lynn Cohen November 2, 2012, 11:39 am

    Love your results! Once made a large art quilt using this process using homemade gelatin over a bowl back! Love your envelopes great holiday ideas flowing. Thanks for the link! HPPF !

  • Jessica November 2, 2012, 11:40 am

    Fantastic post! I must get me a Gelli plate RIGHT NOW!!

  • Mary C. Nasser November 2, 2012, 11:57 am

    Very cool!
    I don’t know anything about Gelli Plates, but they look fun and addicting in a good way!
    Will need to look into those!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Rachél ~ Creativity Tribe November 2, 2012, 12:38 pm

    Yowza! Those are awesome! I don’t blame you for tossing life’s responsibilities aside to play. Actually sounds like you didn’t have a choice in the matter. Glad to connect with you from AEDM. Looking forward to more goodies.

  • MissyK November 2, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Lucky Jeanette!

    I love what you have done….. hope your daughter likes her new look jeans!!!!!

    Really looking forward to your video as I’m completely in the dark about gelli plates perhaps I should it keep it that way! but then again, perhaps not!!!


  • Tammy Murdock November 2, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Funny how I have never thought of using any type of patterned or recycled paper….. I LOVE this, looks like so much fun! Off to play!

  • Mitzi Zohar November 2, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Love the envelopes! Will you use them to mail letters or in your journals I wonder?

  • Hilary November 2, 2012, 4:26 pm

    Can I send ya my dog to Gelli plate?? Love the jeans … does that color stay in after many washings?

  • Suzy November 2, 2012, 5:31 pm

    OMG! This is so exciting! Carolyn, I have to get one of these Gelli Plates!! Maybe if I’m a good girl Santa will bring me one! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy PPF!

  • Lynn Holland November 2, 2012, 5:41 pm

    I don’t know what gelli plate is either but I do know how you feel, I am the worlds worst for not doing what I am supposed to be doing. I more or less have to tie myself to the chair to get my VAT return done. I keep jumping up and going off to do some craft or other.

  • Tracy November 2, 2012, 6:21 pm

    Wow! Did you do that thing where you lay everything out on the floor to dry and find you’ve trapped yourself in a corner and can’t possibly leave the studio….?

  • carlarey November 2, 2012, 6:38 pm

    See, this is why I am afraid to get one of these, the potential hostage situation! Love all these things.

  • Wanda Hentges November 2, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Fun!! and Wonderful!!! I got a couple gelli plates and a friend and I played one day. Lots of fun!! I hadn’t yet watched any videos, etc. before we played. We need to set another date and play some more.

  • Bev November 2, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Love those creations! I won a gelli plate – I really must get to using it.

  • JKW November 2, 2012, 8:44 pm

    You always introduce so many new things. I love learning about each and everyone. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • Tracey Fletcher King November 2, 2012, 9:06 pm

    I am thinking I have to get in and have a go at a gelli plate… looks like fun and so pleased you are just like me when it comes to prioritising all the bring stuff like bill paying… it can all wait…xx

  • molly November 2, 2012, 10:04 pm

    you look like you had a fun day! i love all the colorful results. and good for you for prioritizing the art over the bills and cleaning. that’s a woman after my own heart! 🙂

  • FranT November 3, 2012, 1:40 am

    This looks fantastic! i watched the tutorial on the company website. Just amazing!
    Your work is wonderful and a terrific testimony of their product!
    Great post!
    FranT xo

  • Kat Sloma November 3, 2012, 8:40 am

    I love the idea of your Gelli plate holding you hostage! I know that feeling. 🙂 Your exuberance comes through. Happy PPF!

  • Gina Sismilich November 3, 2012, 10:38 am

    I have one but haven’t used it enough! Love the pictures of all the different prints. Especially love that you made the envelopes from your bills beautiful!

  • annie! November 3, 2012, 5:38 pm

    So cool. I keep thinking I’ll buy one…but forgot when I was in the States last month. Think I’ll use up that gelatin now that you’ve inspired me.

  • Julie November 3, 2012, 9:04 pm

    what a perfect use for bills, wonderful!

  • Cris, Artist in Oregon November 3, 2012, 10:04 pm

    Never heard of these before. Looks like fun. but it cracked me up when I read that you did your daughters jeans she didn’t pick up. :)) HPPF

  • Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) November 3, 2012, 11:39 pm

    So fun! I’ve discovered I can do something kinda similar – on a small scale – by spreading paint on a dead credit card, and I’m really enjoying that experiment. I’d love to scale up to gelatin, but a week before my due date is not the time for that experiment! Happy belated PPF!

  • Ritu Dua November 4, 2012, 4:04 am

    I go absolutely crazy whenever I visit your site …the colors and the cheerfulness of your work are responsible 🙂

  • Theresa Plas November 4, 2012, 5:57 am

    LOVE ’em! I think I need a Gelli Plate attack TOO;) So glad your muse talked you into studioing instead of chores. Wonderful stuff Carolyn!

  • Sue November 4, 2012, 8:59 am

    Just fabulous….I LOVE your printing results…wow!!!!

  • Mari Carmen November 4, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Your work looks so nice, Carolyn… 🙂 Love it!

  • Marjie Kemper November 4, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Your prints are gorgeous! Sure looks like you had fun. I saw the GP demo’d last month and had to buy it in both sizes. Rude not to, eh?

  • Judy Shea November 4, 2012, 5:55 pm

    That is YUMMY GOODNESS right there, Carolyn. Working fast and boom .. gorgeous papers. That’s it.. I am getting a Gelli Plate. I keep seeing wonderful results from these. I think any housework would not be thought of once you get started on something like this.

  • Terri Morse November 4, 2012, 6:09 pm

    Wow, Carolyn! All of those delicious candy colors are irresistible. It looks like I’m going to have one more item on my humongous wish list! I’ve really wanted to try working with printing, and your results are just beautiful. -Terri

  • Linda K November 6, 2012, 3:00 pm

    LOVE!!!! your gelli plate art! I got one not long ago and yes, once it’s out of the plastic it really does take over! Happy PPF!

  • Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 November 9, 2012, 9:31 am

    Looks like you had a lot of creative fun and wonderful results with your Gelli Plate. I love mine too, I really want to get the new large one they came out with recently. Happy PPF!