Sunday, July 20, 2014

Picking Paints for the Gelli Plate

With the summer here and the kiddos out of school, I am finding it very hard to carve out crafting time. But I am managing to sneak up to the craft room a little bit each week. And thanks to some motivation from some new scrappy friends, I am revisiting some of my neglected crafting tools.

My latest craze is the gelli plate. I had the 8 x 10 one already, but I recently bought the cute little 3 x 5 plate, which is perfect for creating page embellishments or project life pocket cards. But despite loving the idea of gelli printing, many of my prints weren't coming out that great. So I took to YouTube in search of some instructions to help me get a better print.

Gelli printing is really quite simple. All you need is a gelli plate, stencils or other items to make patterns, and some paint. Although the folks at Gelli Arts say that you can use any kind of acrylic paint, I wondered if different paints would give me better results. And so I set up a little experiment and thought I'd share the results. I decided to compare regular craft paint with both the fluid and open acrylic paints from Golden.

To keep things consistent, I followed the steps demonstrated in the Gelli Arts video tutorial here. Like in the video, I used three colors for each print (yellow, magenta and blue) from each of the paints (I didn't have a blue in the fluid acrylic paint so I used the blue from the "open" acrylics).

And here's what the prints look like:

Acrylic Craft Paints
3 layers of craft paint. You can see a lot of texture showing through each layer and there is good blending
of the colors in the first print, but there wasn't a lot of paint left over for the ghost prints.

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints
The colors in the first set of prints are much more vibrant than those made with craft paints, but like
the craft paint there was not a lot of color left on the plate for the ghost pulls.
Note: an open paint was used for the blue layer , which is why you see predominately blue in the ghost print.

Golden Open Acrylic Paints
Like the fluid acrylics, there is great coloration in the prints, but the most noticeable difference
is seen in the ghost print.

My Verdict

Although using regular craft paint is perfectly fine for gelli printing, I like the colors that you get using the Golden paints. They are a little richer and they seem to blend a lot better giving the illusion of multiple layers. So for me, its a tie between fluid versus the open acrylics for the first pull prints.

The Golden open paints are slow drying, which means you can take your time working with them because they are going to stay wet a lot longer and for gelli printing, that means great color blending and better ghost (or second prints) because a little paint goes a long way. That being said, I am actually pleasantly surprised to see the results of the fluid paints. Although the ghost prints aren't as showy...the color in the first layered print is pretty similar to the print made with the open paints (and I actually like the softer purple color in the fluid print versus the bold indigo color that resulted in the open print). That's good news for me since AC Moore sells the fluid acrylics and I can use a coupon to cut the price down to $4.50 a bottle versus the $8.00 average price of a 2 oz tube of the open acrylics (which can only be bought at an art store). And the fluid acrylics dry much faster which means the prints will be available to play with sooner than the ones made with the open acryli

In my next post, I am going to look at a few different iridescent paints to see how they stack up again each other. Hope you'll stop by to find out.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice demonstration Stacy! You've convinced me to check out the open paints. I do already have a lot of the fluid acrylics and I really like the results from those.