Gelli-printed notebooks

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As part of the Thinking Futures day on 5 November 2014, I made participants a little notebook to write things down from the academic talks in the morning.  I made very simple pamphlet books with stitched covers.

I made the covers using a gelli plate, which is a way of monoprinting.  I really love the gelli plate.  It’s a clear sheet of jelly, about a centimetre thick, and it can be used over and over again.  It’s very easy to use.  I brayer on some fluid acrylic and then pull the print.  You get the customary veined effect if you use the paint fairly generously:

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Sometimes I just use paint rollered onto the plate:

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Or use them to stencil onto:

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Or stamp and use embossing powder:

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Or you can great effects with plastic stencils used as a mask:

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The last one uses sequin waste as a mask.

If you take a print after lifting off the stencil you can get really nice embossed effects:

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Seriously easy, and although the plates aren’t cheap, it is very straightforward to get excellent results.  My next step is to try it out on fabric.

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