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Mixing Colors on the Gelli Plate

A Colorful Gelli Print Party at aColorfulJourney.com with Carolyn Dube


Join me for a Colorful Gelli Print Party!

Romance was in the air as I made this journal page! You weren’t expecting romance at A Colorful Gelli Print Party were you…well neither was I!  I just kept staring and staring at these blues – I do love blues.   This is just experimenting around with lines of colors in misc. ribbons and papers around the studio.  I never know where a Gelli print will take me!

The great part about mixing right on the Gelli Plate is that you get wonderfully subtle variations.   This video shows you 2 ways that I mix colors.  First by brayering on 1 color completely and adding another color.  Second by just squirting the 2 colors out at the same time.  How much I brayer them has a big impact on how the prints turn out.


The first print after adding paint to the Gelli Plate is very solid and relatively plain looking.  These types of papers have been coming in very handy when I needed a piece of colored card stock for an art journal spread.








They are relatively plain but have just a hint of painterly-ness to them.







When I mixed the paint on this one I only did a little blending so the green pops a bit more.  Every time I look at this all I can see are lily pads!  I think I need a frog here…






The more paint that gets removed from the Gelli Plate the more interesting the prints become.







The layering of colors







I love the size of the 12×14 Gelli Plate because it is bigger than my paper.  Why is that a big deal to me?  As I pull prints off I am creating variation because only part of the paint is removed from the plate.





I wish I could tell you I planned this all out before I started printing but the truth is there is very little planning…








It is mostly about playing!






So now it is your turn to share any of your Gelli creations from prints to finished projects!

  • Link up your Gelli Plate blog posts, flickr page, YouTube videos – it is all welcome!  New posts or recent posts are welcome!
  • Add a link back to the party so others can join us too!
  • Leave a comment on at least 2 other links from the party.  You know how wonderful kind comments encourage us creative types!
  • Participate as many times as you want- just be sure it relates to the Gelli Plate.  If you notice your link deleted it is because it didn’t have a thing to do with the Gelli plate and that is what we’re celebrating here!

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  • Corrine January 3, 2013, 9:29 am

    Love those blues and greens. I am romanced by your page and the process! xox

  • Cynthia January 3, 2013, 9:51 am

    I am LOVING your Gelli Party!! Gorgeous colors today–I love that lily pad look! 😉

  • elle January 3, 2013, 10:42 am

    You have SO much fun! I always learn something watching. Thanks!

  • Robin C January 3, 2013, 12:04 pm

    This is so much fun. I actually mixed colors on my plate last night! I put two dabs of color next to each other and used a palette knife to mix them. Then I brayered it out! Thanks for the kick in the pants to get creative!

  • Maria McGuire January 3, 2013, 12:05 pm

    I’m LOVING watching you play with the Gelli Plate! It tides me over until I can find a minute to play 🙂 Love this color palette and how you achieved it! Also loving how you are using up all your bits and pieces of stash! I need to do that more!

  • Nicole Maki January 3, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Aren’t blues and greens so incredibly enchanting on the Gelli Plate. I love them.

    It’s such a fun tool to play with.

  • Judy Shea January 3, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Now,that’s just plain cool. That big ass (sorry, no other word to make an impact) Gelli Plate is amazing. Ok, so what’s my problem then (don’t answer that).. I can’t do a short video like that.. mine went on and on. I must control my self. I have art issues.

    • Carolyn January 3, 2013, 1:21 pm

      That word sums it up perfectly- it is one big ass gelli plate!

  • Patti Tolley Parrish January 3, 2013, 2:52 pm

    I’m so happy I found this page. I’m loving my Gelli Plates – Santa finished by entire set when he delivered my new 12″ x 14″ plate! Gotta love Santa. I will be following your blogs and Carolyn I just love your videos. I’m waiting on a tripod to be delivered then I’m going to try my hand at it as well. I hope you’ll all have a look at my blog and join as well. Gelli Plate prints just make me happy!!! ;o)

  • Patti Tolley Parrish January 3, 2013, 2:57 pm

    For some reason I can’t upload an image from my computer for my link to my blog ;o(

    My blog is http://www.inkyobsessions.blogspot.com.

  • Valerie-Jael January 3, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Wonderful greens and blues! Valerie

  • Claudette January 3, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I just love the way you explain things, it makes me feel like I’m right there playing with you! You are wonderful!

  • Judy January 3, 2013, 8:47 pm

    An idea…….when I use canvas or any paper medium & I want to have a ‘sky’…
    Try a very light blue, a bid darker blue & white….drops of paint….be generous.
    Roll with brayer lightly…..and then turn your medium upside down on the gelli plate.
    You get the best skies….play with the idea…the thicker you leave the paint the more depth & texture your sky will have….it is just the greatest for blue sky, white clouds & depth. You will love it !!! Have fun !!!

  • Jo January 3, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I cannot seem to get my thumbnail to post. If you click on my name it does take you to my post on this wonderful addiction, however. Wow!! Everyone’s stuff is so unique.

  • Jo January 3, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Ok! It DID work! Yay!!

  • Debbie Smith January 3, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop! I bought a gel plate last summer and absolutely love it. I’m so excited to see what other artists are doing with it. Your colors are lovely.

  • Gloria J Zucaro January 3, 2013, 11:53 pm

    This romance with the Gelli is so much fun. Forcing me into new areas!(I like it when I get there). I must get the big plate though, I have the 6 x 6. Although I guess the off the edge technique works with that. Got to try the two colors at once tonight.

  • Anita Houston January 4, 2013, 3:14 am

    You are going to cause me to neglect responsibilities and start playing with my unopened GP. It looks so fun and so cool!

  • Corrine January 4, 2013, 5:01 am

    New page added with my gelli printed acordian book…..xox

  • Marjie Kemper January 4, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Verrrrry cool seeing these new prints! Love the thick layers on these, and I do believe ‘painterly-ness’ is my new favorite word.

  • Tammy Dial Gray January 4, 2013, 7:34 pm

    This is a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration!

  • alice January 4, 2013, 11:59 pm

    your posts on gelli plates are extremely helpful to me, thanks for posting them 🙂

  • Connie Rose January 8, 2013, 6:34 pm

    Hi Carolyn,
    I’ve just turned on to your videos — also just started using my Gelli plate — and I love what you’re doing! Thank you so much!

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