So I mention this in the video featured in this post. I own a few Gelli plates. They are still in the box. I know in my heart I will swoon over them for years to come. But I made a commitment to myself not to open the box until my studio is clean, or at the very least, orderly, and there is a dedicated work station to house and utilize these beloved acquisitions. Immediately next on my to do list when we get back to San Jose.
I was playing around with the tools in Scraps of Darkness’ September “The Black Album” kit (there is a stencil in the base kit, and another in the Color Add-on!) when I discovered what I believe is a very Gelli-esque process! Throwing down pigment, laying paper on top, and oohing and ahhing over the resulting surprises. The more time I work with stencils, the more I realize how much you can do with one. I discovered by accident what great textures, patterns, and DETAIL you can achieve when using a stencil in conjunction with a non-absorbent craft mat that’s got a bit of a textured surface. My mat, picked up in a set from Costco, has a sort of faux weave that added a great gritty texture to my pages.
In the event that you do not yet own any monoprinting supplies, I hope you will play with your stencils as I have in my video – it was so much fun and provided a sort of crafty gratification that I think is in line with that you might experience when monoprinting!
Look at the delicate details that I was able to capture using the mists and stencil included in the kit this month!
This is another sample that had been treated a bit differently. Rather than mist through the stencil onto your paper in the fashion we are most accustomed to, the process of laying paper into pigment gives a much more detailed result. I love it!