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23 January, 2013

WOYWW No. 190. On The Gelli "Roll" (was that a dance?)

Greetings dear WOYWW folk and followers. I have been recalcitrant. AWOL last week and not calling around to people I want to visit. Big regrets about that but then .... Here l am again.

What a strange January we are having weather-wise in the south (of Oz). We've had some really lovely days like today, a most pleasant 25C or so with balmy breezes and lots of sunshine. Bliss on a stick, especially with the lower night temperatures that cool the house.

Tomorrow it will be flaming bloody hot again, with not much relief overnight which I really hate - sleep is fitful. We watch for fires, hope everyone is safe, send best wishes to the fire-fighters and attend our own local Country Fire Authority and Municipal briefings.

Onto the business of the desk - I learned about printing with a Gelli Plate. I know that printing with a gelatine plate is not new and even found a recipe for making one's own. This Gelli Plate is made with some kind of silicone impregnated with mineral oil to keep it moist and pliable, and probably to give it water repellent properties.

Of course I wanted to know more so found an art & quilting shop in Canberra where they sell Gellies on-line. They sent it along very quickly and here are some of the first prints from this morning's efforts.

Here is the first run, with the packet label sitting on top of the plate.
First observations:
  1. Don't use too much paint. Everything gets cloggy and the colours are lost in the soup.
  2. Press firmly and smoothly across the whole print area so as to make a complete print.
  3. Don't get so carried away that you forget to clean the brayer until thinking about it at 4 a.m.
This is an amateur effort but I'll be doing lots more. If you're interested, there are some very good videos on YouTube about this printing. Here are my Journal notes about what I did as well.

Journal page and the stencils that I used.
This Gelli plate is great fun, and so is the desk hopping that a large group of us indulge in on Wednesdays. If you are curious, follow this link to Julia's Stamping Ground and enjoy the journey!



Neet said...

I have never tried the plate but have seen some work and now yours too. Must say that I am in awe of what you have done and how you have used it. Well done Ros and good luck with it.
Hugs, Neet xx
Ps thanks for visiting me

Claire said...

so hard to believe your country's coping with bushfires and we're under inches of snow! what a amazing world we live in!
i LOVE your experiments though - never heard of gelli, but i love the effects!
happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
no. 5

voodoo vixen said...

I see gelli plate stuff popping up all over the place recently and you are the first person to explain it is not a home made version!! Love the results you are getting, fabulous journal page backgrounds. Annette #18

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Helen said...

Wow, your gelli plate backgrounds look great! Hope the heat subsides soon, we are waiting for our snow to go...! Have a good day. Helen, 9

okienurse said...

interesting idea! Never have heard of the Gelli plates. We went through fire scares all last summer last year and the year before and it is drier now then before. I fear for the country this coming summer if we don't get some rain soon. It is Jan and it has been in the 60's here when normally it is only in the 30's. Have a great week. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #35

JoZart said...

Why can't we just mix up all the weather and come out with a moderate climate for all to share comfortably instead of us freezing and you roasting?
Thanks for all the tips for the Gelli printing. You results look good and I wouldn't mind trying it out.
Thanks for your comment and I WILL be going back to the drawing board. IT was a learning curve but I'll use the page in something and probably try something else on it!
Good you're back on WOYWW!
Love Jo x

Neil said...

Good morning.
Just popping over to say Hi. I hope you have a good and creative week to follow. Thanks for explaining the Gelli plate, it definitely is flavor of the month at the moment!

Redanne said...

Hi Ros, it is great to see the Gelli plate in action, have seen the videos and they make it look so easy, so your tips are a great starting point. Not sure if I will succumb to buying one but the backgrounds do look good... Keep safe! Anne x #57

sandra de said...

lOvely to see another Gelli plate in action. I think I got mine from the same place in Canberra and was very impressed with how quickly they popped it in the mail. Love what you are doing, I go overboard with toooo many colours.. But that is half the fun.
Sandra @67

Roudi said...

Oh wow! The knitting from last week and this week there's this pretty printing. I'm impressed!
The weather is great here in Egypt, want come over? lol

Happy WOYWW from Egypt. xx
Roudi #76

Di said...

A new one on me too - sigh, tail end of the donkey here as always :(

Happy WOYWW, Di xx

MaggieC said...

Never heard of a Gellie Roll before but I like seeing what you can do with it. Thank you for sharing your tests and learning with us. Sitting here and watching even more snow falling, it seems incomprehensible to think that you are suffering with such extremes of heat with the risk of fires and all the misery that brings. I don't like the cold, but I could not cope with the kind of heat you've got at the moment either. Hope things even out a bit for us all. Take care. xx Maggie #20

Shazsilverwolf said...

Gelli plates seem to be the latest 'thing' don't they? Love the idea of the journal about what was good & what went wrong- I always forget this sort of thing the next time I try a technique.Have a great week, Hugs Shaz xx #73

MrsC.x said...

oo i've never seen/heard of that to google -- this maybe why woyww takes me so long! lol

Happy WOYWW Mrs.C #45

Ria Gall said...

Wow that is a new one to me and something | will look in to. It looks lots of fun and I am sure you will enjoy playing.
Ria #92

Ali Wade said...

Happy WOYWW. One thing about Wales is that we will never have fire warnings (except in the mountains where stupid people do start fires on dry/hot days, which are rare)! I am loving the printing you have done with the Gelli plate. Ali x #93

Francesca said...

Please don't say warm it is, we are freezing here. I'm still pondering re getting a gelli plate, but it does look good. Francesca #72

Jackie said...

Love what you have done with the gelli plate it looks great !
I have seen them around in the last month or so but this is the first examples and explanation so thanks for that

Elizabeth said...

Hi Ros, nice to see you here again :)

I've been seeing and reading a lot about gelli rolls but, so far, not attempted to use them. It's finding the time - there are so many techniques to try, I don't think I will ever be able to fit them in.

Anyway, I like the look of your samples and thanks for sharing your findings - all good stuff :)

Have a great WOYWW, and keep cool, Elizabeth x #40

Hardwick Creations said...

Hi Ros,

These Gelli plates must be all the rage at the moment because it is all I've been seeing and hearing on blogs and Pinterest.

I will have to have a go myself.

Oops I'm actually #39...I should put my glasses on. lol

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

The printing/art from the Gelli plates looks great. So far I have resisted getting one, but then I see a workshop using them and hmmmmmmmmm. It's MINUS 25 Celcius here this morning... brrrrrrrrrr enjoy your warm weather ! Shirleyx

Minxy said...

I'll send you some of our snow if you send me some sunshine, how's that.
I love my gelli plate, and the more you play with it the more and more fun you have, the only problem you might end up with is having endless pages of prints and running out of ideas to use them all up lol
Hugz Minxy #48

Nelle said...

Hi Ros,
I have never seen this before, but what you are doing looks like fun.
I will keep watching and learning..
Nelle xx #89

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Ros,

Your experiments look great! I like the one on the bottom right. It's fun to try something new and different.

Kay 126

Sandy Leigh said...

This is like a demo! Thank you so much--I love this look. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #112

Pam said...

Something else I havent heard about until today. HUgs Pam

Julia Dunnit said...

The fire threats across Victoria have been shown on national news here; I pray for anyone involved, it's singularly the scariest thing. Keep safe dear gal.
AS for the gelli plates, well good for you - I knew I'd be able to rely on another to do all the research! Seeing a lot og them on the web but haven't actually come across them in a store yet!

Almo said...

Hi Ros, HAPYY WOYWW Thanks for sharing your tips on the geli plates, not had chance to try them yet but have seen some great stuff produced using them. Keep safe in that heat. Hugs Mo x

Sarah Evans said...

I've often wondered about Gelli plates - I've seen them around but never tried one. They look interesting - some lovely effects.

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Shoshi said...

Just tried to comment and it vanished, so I apologise if it comes up twice...

Wow, Ros, this is a new one on me - never heard of it before but it looks lovely and hands-on and messy and fun!!

Thanks for your lovely comment. I'm so glad you like the portrait of our girls. They don't often snuggle up together like that. I love your kitty pics too - Pumpkin looks quite like Beatrice! As cat slaves, we do need to give them pride of place on our blogs, don't we.

I'm so glad you appreciate the thinking behind decorating my wheelchair. If you've got to use such things, they ought to be stylish and say something about the user. When I have decorations, everyone smiles at me and talks to me, but without, I am invisible. It's fascinating. I also have several pairs of coloured crutches and my favourite ones are the poiple ones!!

I am very pleased to have got the spoke guards finished in time for the craft show tomorrow. I am working on the video and once that's done, I shall be posting about the project.

The show will be exhausting, but soooo worth it! Who cares if it takes me a week to get over it? I so rarely get out that it's a real treat for me. I can't wait!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #147

Buttons said...

Seeing so many people's results but not the how to's so this is brilliant. Can I send you some snow for those fires! Seriously, take care of yourself. Happy WOYWW, hugs Jenny #150

Carol Yates said...

Hi Ros, Gelli rolls are new to me too, i will google when I have finished visiting- probably Saturday or Sunday at this rate. Stay safe,
Carol.x #64

Darnell J Knauss said...

What fun you had with these! Your creations are splendid, Ros and your idea to journal what you've done is brilliant! I need to do that. I'll do something new once and then move on and by the time I go back around to it, I've forgotten how I did it. Oy. You inspire me!! Have a wonderful week!! Darnell 131

April Story said...

I only heard about the jelly plate this year. Had no idea it had been around so long. I like the patterns you created with yours.
April #110

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The bush fires must be the scariest thing possible...thinking of you all out there.....
I have never heard of a Gelli plate but the outcomes are fun! I like the zen tangly one. Hopefully I will finally get your charm posted this week, have been blocked in by snow pretty much all week!
Hugs, LLJ 37 xxxx

Kim said...

That looks like a lot of fun! I've never heard of it but it looks like it gives great results. Your weather sounds crazy - we're in the depths of a big chill here in the UK right now :) Kim #156

lisa said...

I hope you are keeping safe with no fires. It seems really strange that you have such hot weather and we are having such cold weather. This world of ours!!
I've seen Gelli plates before and wondered how they worked. Your first attempts look great. I especially like those swirls.
Have fun discovering more.
Hugs Lisax #60

Nelle said...

Hi Ros,
Just wanted to let you know i have looked and found what the Gelli plate is about..I think this would be a must have tool for making my backgrounds. Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for looking in on my blog.
Kindest regards,
Nelle xx

trisha too said...

Oh Ros, wonderful Gelli prints! You can't make just one, there's simply no way to stop the roll . . .

Happy WOYWW!
:)trisha, #164 this week

Sandy said...

I have never heard of a Gelli roll before but am only just getting into the whole stencil, workbook, journal thing.. Looks really interesting love the textures you can get and great patterns. The mug tree is the handiest little thing on my desk it gets things up off my desk and seem to put everything on it.. Washi tape goes well on it and bits of ribbon, scissors, die cut outs that I am thinking of inking up to see what they look like are on it too..
Sandy :) Thanks for the visit..

scrappymo! said...

Wow, those are beautiful and best of all they look like they are fun to make!
I like how they don't imprint evenly but rather have sort of highs and lows of impressability>>>is that a word? teehee

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i'm dropping by to say hi! your project this week looks very interesting. first time i've heard of this. really good results!
happy WOYWW!
peggy aplSEEDS

Eliza said...

Wow Ros this looks liks so much fun, I must check into it and find out what it is about.

I am resting up and taking things easy thank you for your kind thoughts and care.

Kaisercraft is fab and they have another outlet here in Melbourne too, I found this out from Geelong. I must go and have a look there too.

I know there is the stiches and papercraft show in March and I can't wait.

Hugs Eliza

Anonymous said...

Never seen or heard of that technique before Ros, great results. I really like the way you catalogue what you've done and your notes, makes a brilliant reference for later. Not so cold here today, only -7C now, but it is snowing again. Hope you continue having pleasant days!

Brenda 105

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hullo there Ros
Well first time able to get in here and do some blog hopping!
Some lovely work going on here! mm gelli mats very like our jelly pad (much cheaper version.. hand made) we used at school have seen it on blogs and you tube too. love your experiments.
Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #58

KatzElbows said...

Your prints are gorgeous. Of course, me beings, I love the imperfect prints the best. They just seem like the perfect beginning for something amazing. Thank you so much for stopping by and being lovely.

Cheers, Rachel

Shoshi said...

Hi Ros, thanks for your lovely comment, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your virtual tour around our local craft show! It was a fabulous day and well worth all the effort.

I'm working on the spoke guards videos at the moment and hopefully they will soon be ready for upload.


Ali said...

Doing a belated skip around the WOYWW posts!

Oooh your prints are fabulous! I recently got a Gelli plate too though have only have one quick play with it. :)

Ali #77

Lori said...

I have read some stuff about these lately. Have not tried it yet. Thanks for the tips.
Very late this week. Sorry.
Lori #129

Cardarian said...

I am seeing these Gelli plates everywhere - someone actually made their own! I think the prints are amazing but I guess the plates won't come to our country for ages!
I love your prints and you are soooo organized trying out all possible variations!
Lots of hugs,

trisha too said...

No woyww this week?? Ros, I wanted to see what you made with your prints!!

late again this week,
but I made it to the party!
Happy WOYWW, anyway, Ros!

Sue said...

Hi Ros
I can see you are getting all high tech and in the 'zone'. The gelli toys look great fun. You have some lovely effects there.

I do not like the Blogger format at the moment either. But if I click on the 'view mobile version' at the bottom of each blog page, I can see each blog in the older format.
The other option is to change to Wordpress or another blog provider.
Not been browsing so much lately due to headaches but I will be back soon to read your earlier post.
Have fun and thank you for our most welcome recent comments.
Warm wishes from the UK

Sue said...

Sorry, Ros! Think I meant 'web version' and not 'mobile version'.