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Stencils + a Gelli Plate = Fun

I pulled out my paints for some Paint Party Friday fun and the Gelli Plate was in my hands before I knew what I was doing.  If felt so good to let go of control and just play with no pressure.  Trying this paint & that stencil and seeing what was revealed washed away all the stress and yuck of the week.

If you have never used a Gelli Plate, this video will show you everything you need to be creatively dangerous with it!

This video shows how I used various stencils by Julie Balzer.  So addictive!















Now I have papers to use in my art journal or a collage or whatever else my muse guides me towards!  Want more creativity? Stop by Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day Month and Art Journal Every Day!

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  • Corrine November 8, 2012, 5:32 pm

    The ghostie prints are so much fun. I especially love the one with the yuck paper turning into yum paper. I need to do some more playing with mine I think. Time to get some Julie stencils and more Stencil Girl ones too! Thanks for your sweet videos teach! xox

  • Piarom November 8, 2012, 6:38 pm

    Wow Carolyn, this looks like totally fun…and the possibilities seems endless!!! Wonderful! I keep it in mind, maybe I make a gelliplate on my own…PS the ghostprint is the best, hehe

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth November 8, 2012, 9:23 pm

    I’m saving my money and hopefully will be able to buy one of those gelli plates by 2018 (grin). Love your results, although I am still unable to see your videos. I think it’s because of my browser. Firefox and YouTube don’t like each other. These are GRRRRRRRRRREAT, though!!

  • elle November 8, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I have liked my gelli plate and now you’ve shown even more and better things. Thanks!

  • Maria McGuire November 8, 2012, 10:53 pm

    FANTASTIC!!!!!! Videos!!!! Makes me want to run upstairs and make some more prints!!! 🙂 PS: I know I told you before, but I love having your voice in the videos!

  • Cynthia November 8, 2012, 11:26 pm

    These pages are awesome! And thanks so much for the videos. It’s really fun and very inspirational watching you create art!! =D

  • Marja November 9, 2012, 2:56 am

    Beautiful prints Carolyn.
    lovely greet and nice weekend

  • Mari Carmen November 9, 2012, 3:34 am

    I loved your video, Carolyn! And I love your prints too 🙂

  • Jessica Sporn November 9, 2012, 7:18 am

    Love these pages. And thanks for the videos too. Nice to have a visit this way!

  • froebelsternchen/Art Journal Journey November 9, 2012, 7:38 am

    Thank you so much Carolyn! I always join your videos! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Cause it´s not easy to get the plate here in Austria I made some experiments with a glass-plate and with Styrofoamplates of meatpackaging . And it works not bad I can tell.
    I don´t have the comparison to the Gelli Plate ..I think it will be much easier with this cool plate … and whe I see to order it in an european online shop I will do it ! I heard about making your own plate with gelatine..but I don´t want to try this…

    xxx Happy PPF!


  • artmusedog and Carol November 9, 2012, 8:13 am

    Wonderfully creative pages and video ~ love your care free attitude of creating and always wonderful color sense ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  • Catherine Constance November 9, 2012, 8:44 am

    This looks like fun…love the bright colour you’ve used.. 🙂

  • Kathy Gledsdale November 9, 2012, 9:16 am

    lovely work, thanks for sharing it.

  • Marji November 9, 2012, 9:32 am

    What great papers, Carolyn. I can see how the Gelli plate can be so addictive. Such playful fun and bright colors, stencils and a brayer – wowie! What a great way to get lost in an afternoon. Happy PPF

  • Faye November 9, 2012, 11:26 am

    Great video, Carolyn. I love your prints.

  • Julie November 9, 2012, 11:31 am

    Really fun! And great videos, I love the ghost prints.

  • Hilary November 9, 2012, 12:21 pm

    O M G … this looks like so much fun!! Thank you for the videos … so many ideas going around me head now.

  • Linda K November 9, 2012, 1:28 pm

    oh yes this plate is a wonderful addiction with endless possibilities!! Fab prints you made!! happy PPF and AJED.
    PS aren’t you so happy to be back to color :):)

    • Carolyn November 9, 2012, 1:31 pm

      So happy to be back to color!

  • NatashaMay November 9, 2012, 2:50 pm

    I really love the prints this gelli plat produces. 🙂 Wonderful!

  • Nicola November 9, 2012, 3:34 pm

    So much fun! :0) The backgrounds have turned out great! Thank you for sharing your video with us! :0)

  • Wanda Hentges November 9, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Fabulous!!!!!!!! And I loved seeing the videos!!!

  • Annette G November 9, 2012, 4:17 pm

    I have heard of these plates but never seen a video of them before, thank you so much for sharing. Terrific results. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Susan November 9, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Great videos and love your results!

  • Judy Shea November 9, 2012, 4:37 pm

    I’d say those are gorgeous papers. You are so right.. it’s only paint and paper and you can keep going. I keep saying I’m going to get a gelli-plate, but now I am for sure.

    • Carolyn December 5, 2012, 9:42 am

      We can play all day with them together!

  • Susan Tidwell November 9, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Thanks for the two great videos. I’ve been wanting to try this and now you’ve convinced me I need to buy one. Beautiful papers with so little effort! And I love the serendipitous nature of this technique!

  • Tracey Fletcher King November 9, 2012, 5:04 pm

    your videos are so good and I love the idea of a gelli plate, though haven’t seen them over here… will have to go hunting I think… xx

  • Terri Morse November 9, 2012, 5:52 pm

    That is too cool. I have got to get a gelli plate! I love the way you double-printed the purple chevrons. Have a great weekend! Terri

  • Carol Samsel November 9, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Ohhhhh… I love those stencils!!! The colors you used are totally awesome too :0) I’m going to have to break down and buy me some of those stencils ♥

  • Bev November 9, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Love the playfulness with which you created these papers. love the colours and designs as well.

  • sharon November 9, 2012, 8:49 pm

    These look so much fun to do, you are right playing with paint does help the stress of life go away.

  • Mary in IL November 9, 2012, 9:22 pm

    thank you so much for demonstrating this cool gelli plate Carolyn! Where would one go about finding a gelli plate?

  • Diana Evans November 9, 2012, 9:59 pm

    oh Carolyn!!!! these are amazing….I am in awe and now I am inspired to try this stuff out!!!! thank you for sharing these and for the inspiration to try something new!!!

  • Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 November 9, 2012, 10:33 pm

    How wonderful! I think Gelli plates are so much fun! I really enjoy mine although I haven’t created anything as wonderful as yours! Happy PPF!

  • Kat Sloma November 9, 2012, 11:29 pm

    What fun, some wonderful art play! Happy PPF!

  • Rita McGregor November 10, 2012, 12:10 am

    I know the plates are really spendy, but they sure look like a lot of fun! Love your results. 🙂 And great videos!

  • denthe November 10, 2012, 1:26 am

    Oh Carolyn, thanks so much for sharing these videos! LOVE it! I’m going to give this to myself as a Christmas present … 🙂

  • denthe November 10, 2012, 1:29 am

    Just thinking about something: have you used this on stretched canvas already? Kind of curious about the outcome ….

    • Carolyn November 10, 2012, 2:28 pm

      Haven’t tried it on canvas yet but it did work on denim. I did find I needed a bit more paint for the denim than I did for paper.

  • Anne November 10, 2012, 8:49 am

    Fantastically inspiring, thank you for sharing these! Looks like great fun with awesome results!

  • Mary C. Nasser November 10, 2012, 8:56 am

    It’s like you read my mind…I have never used a Gelli Plate, and wanted to learn how with my map stencils!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful videos!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • carlarey November 10, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Evil! Here we are 44 days until Christmas, two weeks until Thanksgiving, need to be getting our shopping done, and making trips to the post office, and you go showing us all this fun and artsy goodness.
    If I get one of these the next thing you know it will be Pop Tarts for Thanksgiving dinner and I will be doing my holiday shopping the night before at a convenience store.

    • Carolyn November 10, 2012, 4:52 pm

      I hadn’t thought of Pop Tarts for Thanksgiving- genius! And the always want me to buy them junk at the big convenience truck stop/stores when we are traveling- so you’ve just made it so I can go play some more! Thanks!

  • Leah November 10, 2012, 5:28 pm

    So cool!!!

  • Ritu Dua November 11, 2012, 3:29 am

    this is pure fun …and you always have such amazing stuff to help you create these beautiful art work !

  • Giggles November 11, 2012, 10:52 am

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial!! Love the end results on all the pages!! Really special!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil November 11, 2012, 1:04 pm

    WOW! They look gorgeous and so much Fun! Gelli plates are something new to me.

  • julie - spaark November 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Carolyn, I havent been by here in a while but so happy to stumble upon you again. I think I first discovered your work last year during AEDM. Thank you for a very inspiring blog-one filled with lots of ideas! Love watching your process! Julie (Artistically Afflicted)

  • molly November 12, 2012, 10:46 am

    i love this! i didn’t realize there could possibly be a supply i don’t have…but the gelli plate is definitely going on my list of things to get. i love the backgrounds you created and see how that process could ease away the tensions of the week! 🙂

  • Marjie Kemper November 13, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Oh my goodness… love seeing your process AND hearing your voice! Fantastic videos. I bought my gellis just last month after seeing Julie demo them in class at The Ink Pad. No going back now. Thanks for sharing your process, Carolyn!

  • Laurence Martin November 14, 2012, 12:08 pm

    Very cool prints!

  • Mary Walker November 15, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Happy PPF!

  • Ayala Art November 20, 2012, 6:58 pm

    How cool is that!? Thanks for sharing! ♥