This week we are concentrating on the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. There are a lot of great resources on how to use this product with traditional acrylic paints. But I wanted to show you a technique that is unique and something completely different — using the Gelli plate with alcohol inks!
There is a trick to this – and it’s a simple household item that makes it work: alcohol-free gel hand sanitizer. Yes, you read that correctly. Our ‘gel medium’ for this technique is literally hand sanitizer. But the important thing is to use alcohol-free hand sanitizer, so that it doesn’t compete with, or interfere with the alcohol inks.
So the basic toolkit is:
Now you could use alcohol inks from Copic (Various reinkers) or Ranger, or Viva Decor’s Marble ink. Any of these will work. I choose Copic’s for their translucency and the wide variety of colors.
These items, and some cardstock are all you need. You’ll see some interesting mark-making tools in the video that follows. The main concern is that you don’t use anything sharp on the surface of the Gelli plate. Sponges, Q-tips, paint brushes are all good.
Take a look at the video in which I create three different projects using my Gelli Alcohol Shots technique:
Here are the three projects, shown on the video:
I’m looking forward to your questions and artwork.