Mono-printing has made a comeback! In the last three years, the Gelli® Plate has become very popular, just search YouTube. There are numerous videos showing viewers how to make their own plates, and countless others show different mono-printing techniques. It’s quite interesting!
Admittedly, I was sucked in a few months back as I was looking for ways to add more excitement to my paper crafts. I had never heard of a Gelli® Plate before, but I was familiar mono-printing. I remembered the technique from my years of summer camp when I was a child and recalled that it was a fun way to play with texture and paints. But I couldn’t remember what we used to lay the color on. The Gelli® Plates that were in the YouTube videos weren’t familiar, but then I came across this site which explained that any sturdy surface can be used. I am almost sure that we used cookie sheets.
I started with an 8″x10″ Gelli® brand plate. I bought it from Amazon for about $30, which, seemed a little steep for something that is essentially mineral-oil based gel and nothing more. Then I found a useful video on making a plate at home, and that lead to me making different sized ones and even one for a friend who had a birthday coming up.
And lo’ n behold, I had quite a stash of prints. Check some of them out.
I have used several of the prints to create digital and printable art pieces., dividers for my planner, and desktop wallpapers like the one I am sharing for September 2018. Feel free to download it and use it on your computer. Just click it to see the full size. It is released under the Creative Commons License.
And here is what it looks like on my laptop.