Saturday, October 14, 2017

Gelli Printing with Shimmerz Products | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello artsy friends! It's Zinia here and welcome back to the Shimmerz blog!
Today I'm going to show you how you can use a gelli plate with your Shimmerz Products. If you are not familiar with a gelli plate it's basically a big piece of soft silicone that you use to create unique prints.

The most common paints to use on gelli plates are acrylics. You can totally use your favorite Acri-Tonez but for this page I decided to do something more interesting and show you how to use sprays and watercolors on your plate.

If you tried this before you'd notice that when your medium is watery and thin it tends to bead up and doesn't cover the plate evenly. To fix that we need to use some other medium to hold our watercolors/sprays in place.

You can use a couple of different things. Depending on what you use you might get slightly different results so go ahead and experiment with whatever you have. So to keep the colors from beading up you need to cover your plate with a layer of gel medium. This will basically work as a transparent layer of acrylic paint that will make your mists and watercolors stay wherever you put them on the plate.

You can use gel medium with any finish you prefer. I usually go for matte but if you want to use shimmery colors you should probably try a gloss medium that will allow the shimmer to shine through.

Some alternatives you can try instead of gel medium are our very own Dazzlerz and Paste-eez (I'd avoid Texturez as the gritty parts may damage your plate). Even though they have some opacity, if you don't put a very thick layer on, your colors will still show through beautifully. Also you can make use of the fact that these pastes come in different colors and use that to your advantage.

Here is a full list of the supplies I used to create this page:

If you want to grab a some of these gorgeous supplies to create your own version of this project or just to expand your Shimmerz collection, make sure to mention my name "Zinia" at the comment section of your order to receive a FREE Shimmerz product!

I really hope you got inspired to use your Shimmerz products in new creative ways. Until next time, happy crafting.

1 comment:

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh this is brilliant! Such a cool idea for using the Gelli plate and I love the end result!! Great inspiration!!