Gelli Arts Printing Plate Demo with Briana Goetzen

November 5, 2013


Left: Briana Goetzen demonstrates using stencils with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate.

Local artist and creativity coach Briana Goetzen was on hand at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective's October 2013 meeting to demonstrate using the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. You can see photos from the evening and a discussion of the event on group coordinator Suzanne Hughes' blog Suzanne I Am at the link provided. Go check it out.

Following  Briana's demonstration attendees were able to try out the plates for themselves. It was a fantastically fun evening. If you weren't able to attend you can watch a short video Briana made about using the Gelli Arts Printing Plate here.

If you have an art group that meets regularly you might want to consider an evening of making monoprints with this plate as a group. A lot of cross-polination can happen and new approaches can be discovered.

If you'd like to see what I've been doing with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate you can click on that category in my blog's category cloud. I find the resultant prints great for collage and for journal page backgrounds for pen and gouache sketches. (You can push your journal right onto the plate to print directly on a page spread, or you can even pick up the plate and press it down into your journal.) My 2013 fake journal is filled with prints made on the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. I love this art tool. And I really enjoy seeing how different artists use it to create such varied results.

    • jacki long
    • November 5, 2013

    Re-watched your fake journal again this morning and was mesmerized all over again, but maybe more? I loved every page and your magical ability to combine. I have tagged it and will use it as inspiration again and again. Thanks Roz.

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    jacki, I’m glad you had a moment to rewatch the video of my 2013 fake journal. It’s one of my favorites. Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you enjoy it so much.

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    Hi Roz, I love your blog and am collecting stuff to take part in fake journal month next year.
    I’ve seen lots of people using gelli plates on the net, how do they differ from straightforward mono printing?

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    Nina, I look forward to seeing your work in April 2014 for IFJM!

    I’m afraid there’s no simple answer to your question about monoprinting since every printmaker I know has a slightly different way of monoprinting, some on acetate, some using etching presses to name just two things. And of course materials vary.

    I think your best bet to find an answer to that question is to return to the videos you’ve been looking at and find ones on monoprinting that aren’t using gelli plates.

    If your question is about using gelatin plates and the difference between using them and the Gelli Arts Printing Plate I would say that the main differences are
    1. Gelli is more convenient, nothing to make in advance
    2. Gelli is more durable, anyone who’s worked with tradition gelatin plates knows how fragile they are
    3. There are some materials you’ll not want to use with Gelli because the company recommends it, specifically inks which will stain it. Theoretically you could use all those types of things with a traditional gelatin plate because you’re going to toss it when you’re done.

    hope that helps.

    • Nina Fenner
    • December 7, 2013

    Hi Roz, thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my question, and sorry for the delay in responding. There are lots of people out there comparing gelli plates with gelatin,I’m really wondering why using a gelli plate (or gelatin) is better/different to standard mono printing. I guess I need to try it to find out?!

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    Nina the problem is there doesn’t seem to be a “standard” mono-printing approach as everyone I know who does it does it differently. I have at least 10 art friends I know of who monoprint and at least another 20 artists in the Twin Cities area who are working with monoprinting and each one of them does it differently, typically with different types of paints and pigments so that they have to modify their approaches. (And those are just the artists I’m aware of up here doing monoprinting.)

    Do you have a printing group in your area where you can go and ask people who are working actively in the field? And where you can take classes? In the Twin Cities High Point would be a great place to go to start unraveling the threads of what you’re trying to understand.

    Another approach would be to find a printer working with monoprints on line and see if he/she does online classes (if he/she isn’t in your area) and take the class and see what they’ve found.

    A very quick search of monoprinting on the internet yielded this video of the standard etching press way of making a monoprint

    Everything done in that video can be done with a Gelli Arts Printing Plate.

    The difference is in the pigments used. They are using printing inks in the video. With the GAPP you’ll be using acrylic paints (they say in their instructions to not use inks and I imagine it’s not just staining issues, but also clean up with solvents, I think solvents would probably damage the GAPP).

    If you go to that link I provided you’ll see a hundred other monoprinting videos in the side column you can click on next, and again, all of the methods used will be individual based on what the artists are trying to accomplish, and the materials they can use. Many of them will be totally adaptable to the GAPP.

    Good luck with your research and your printing experiments.

    • Nina Fenner
    • December 9, 2013

    wow, thanks Roz there are some great videos there, funny that I’ve looked for videos before but not found any as good as that, I like the idea of using acrylics, and I found one for watercolours too,I can see I’ll have a lot of fun (and probably make a lot of inky mess as well!)

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    Nina, sometimes google works for me and sometimes it doesn’t. And artists are always putting out new videos, so keep searching for “Gelli Arts Printing Plate Videos” and “Monoprinting” and I’m sure you’ll find fun things to experiment with. Good luck.

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