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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

So lets talk Crafts & Gelli Plate!!

OK so I have just been watching a video about the ever increasingly popular Gelli Plate. I DO NEED ONE!  But at £30 a shot it seems a lot when you have a lot of paints and inks that you need first.  Of course the Gelli Plate will compliment the paints - Oh what a dilema, think I have already spent this months budget.  (which silly couple decided to live without credit cards!!!) Its tooooooo hard.  There is a cheaper plate a 6"by6" which is £20 but I personally think you may as well push the boat out to the extra tenner and get the 8"by10" there is always a time when you will want to do a bigger project especially with printing like this.  Thats what the Gelli Plate does see, its a kind of screen printing but with paints. So my answer to the problem??
My IPhone Cover, cool or what!!
I bet I can get this same affect on my SplodgeAway mat with my paints.  So I put a blob off BLACK acrylic fast drying paint on my Mat, I couldn't find my "scruffy" breyer so I used my "new breyer" for the job. I spread the paint over my Splodge Mat with the Breyer, good so far.  I put my SplodgeAway Heart Mask over the painted area and rolled over the mask once with the breyer, I put some Clarity and Elegance paper over the top of the image and breyered over that (non porous paper also gives texture as well as pattern with this effect).  So not bad, a bit more practice, a larger surface area of paint and I would be off.  So I get out my water spray, clean most the paint off my Splodge Mat and finish it off clean and ready to use with a bit of surgical spirit - sorted! 

So I spray my breyer with water and get out the kitchen roll, Mmmmm, Ok I get out a baby wipe scrub for a little while, Mmmmmmmmmmm OK I think I will just run it unnder the tap for about 10 minutes constantly adding soap to get the tiniest bit of paint off my brand new brayer just a teeny weeny bit at a time until I eventually just get it all soapy and scrape off the paint with my nail.  My goodness if I had to do this every time I used my Gelli Plate it would completely putt me off getting it out.  I did get it back to good condition in the end but tooooo much wasted crafting time.  I could use the old method of elastic bands round the breyer but you would loose most of the play.  So people are using breyers with Gelli Plates because???????????  Do you think there is a difference to these two breyers, I used the one on the left.  They do look different?

There is always a solution, I think if I or when I do get a Gelli Plate I will be using a palate knife to spread the paint. The SplodgeAway Mat faired very well in this experiment. The end result, well I kind of needed to do it again because I now knew I wanted to fill the full piece of card but by the time I had cleaned off my breyer I couldn't be botthered.
I will give you some eye candy just because I think a blog is lost without it - hey check out my phone cover I love it!


  1. I have a Gelli plate.. I use both types of brayer on mine ... super kit and a must have..don't overload with paint and I get super duper results
    Palette knife on a Gelli Plate????? ... big NOOOOOOOOOOO!
    E xx

    1. So Eileen which breyer do you use and do you have that much trouble cleaning the paint off too? Please Tell !Sam

  2. Hi Sam,
    Don't have a gelli plate and to be honest have only just heard about them!!!! I don't have a speed ball brayer but have seen Barbara Grey use one to great effect. i have the little one in the picture. It's very hrad and not spongy, so I am guessing, doesn't absorb the ink . Mind you I was looking for it the other day and can't find somewhere tidy!!! LOL. Don't know if this info helps? Have a good day.
    Carol xxx

  3. I want a Gelli plate but will get a brayer just for using with it rather than use my inking one. What sort though? i have absolutely no clue!! I agree with you though, the larger plate is the one to get. Love your phone cover! xx

    1. Thanks Chris, I just realised I asked Eileen which breyer to use and she said she uses them both? So I don't know why I had so much trouble using mine. I think I will invest in a Red one with my plate it looks like a different kind of rubber its more shiney.