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How to Use Gelli Plate Printing For Collage Painting

teacher avatar Froyle Davies, Mixed Media Artist

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13 Lessons (1h 33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Preparing Your Materials

    • 3. Learn the Basics With 3 Colour Prints

    • 4. How to Use Stencils on the Gelli Plate

    • 5. Printing with Household Items

    • 6. Ways to Improve Your Prints

    • 7. Introducing Interference Paints

    • 8. Adding Complementary Colours

    • 9. Choosing Your Most Successful Prints

    • 10. Creating a Collage Painting

    • 11. Refining Your Collage Elements

    • 12. Adding the Finishing Touches

    • 13. Thank you & Farewell

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About This Class

In this art class we are going to create beautiful collage papers using the gelli plate printing technique and then we will use those printed designs to create a finished collage painting.

I will teach you a thorough course of how to use the gelli plate. From printing basic backgrounds with 3 colours, then onto using various stencils and other applications.

We will experiment with using objects from around the house, and then how to enhance your prints with metallic colour.

You will learn all about interference paint and how complementary colour can create interesting contrast with your gelli plate prints.

This class is suitable for anyone wanting to learn this unique mono printing style. Perfect for beginners, I will show you each technique with clear examples, exactly how you can achieve these results at home.

In the second part of the class, we will review your prints, decide on your best designs and then continue on to create a collage painting.

I will then lead you step by step through my process of creating a collage, so that you will know how to use your own prints for this exciting creative medium.

At the end of the class you will know a multitude of ways to create prints with the gelli plate. You will also know how to use those designs to create a beautiful collage painting.

I’m really excited to work with you on this project. Gelli plate printing is a very simple technique, yet the resulting designs are extremely creative. I know you will become as addicted as I am to this fantastic process.

Don’t forget to post your projects. I would love to see your gelli plate prints and the collage you make with them.

This will be a lot of fun, highly experimental and creatively empowering, I look forward to seeing what you create, so let’s make art!

You can find out more of who I am on my website and join me in my private Facebook group - Creative Adventures Making Art

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Froyle Davies

Mixed Media Artist



Hi, Froyle here, welcome to my studio!

I am a contemporary visual artist, and I have been painting and exhibiting for over 25 years. I am so excited to share my experience and techniques with you. What I love most about mixed media art is the unlimited creative potential. There is so much freedom of expression and an abundance of materials to use, you are truly only limited by your imagination!

Art has the power to transform lives. When you create from the core of who you are and you can say,'Hey I like that', you are affirming your own sense of self, and this can have a positive impact on your view of yourself and the world around you.

I am passionate about giving you an experience of creating art that empowers you to gain greater confide... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, Froyle here. Welcome to my studio. I've been painting and exhibiting for over 25 years, and of all the various styles and mediums and applications that I have tried, mixed media collage is my absolute favorite. In this art class, we are going to create collage papers using the gelli plate printing technique and then we're going to use those design into a beautiful mixed media collage painting. I would teach you a thorough course of how to use the gelli plate printing technique, from basic background using three-color prints and then onto stencils and other applications. We will experiment with using objects from around the house and then how to enhance your prints using metallic colors. You will learn all about the fascinating world of interference paints and how to use complementary colors to add contrast to your printed designs. This class is suitable for anyone wanting to learn this unique monoprinting technique. Perfect for beginners. I will show you each technique with clear examples and exactly how you can create these techniques at home. There are two parts to the project. The first part of this art course, I'm going to show how to create an abundance of collage papers using gelli plate printing techniques. Then in the second part of the course, I'm going to show you how to put those beautiful printed designs into a collage painting. I will lead you step-by-step through the process of how I create a collage painting so then you will know how to use your prints for this exciting creative medium. At the end of the class, you will know a multitude of ways of how to create monoprints with the gelli plate printing technique. You will also know how to use those designs to create a beautiful collage painting. Gelli plate printing is a very simple technique yet it creates an abundance of creative and beautiful prints. I know you'll become as addicted as I am to this particular printing technique. Don't forget to post your projects. I would really like to see what you created with your gelli plate prints and how you put it into your own unique collage. This will be a lot of fun, highly experimental, and creatively empowering. I can't wait to see what you make, so let's get going and let's make art! 2. Preparing Your Materials: Gelli plate printing is a very simple printing technique. It doesn't require a printing press or technical equipment, you just need your beautiful Gelli plate. Now, if you've done this process before, then you just need to pull it out of the cupboard and dust it off! If you're new to Gelli plate printing, that is perfect because this will be a step-by-step from the basics to more creative ways of using your Gelli plate. Start by getting yourself one of these. It doesn't have to be this brand, there are quite a few brands on the market. This is just the one that I bought years ago and I've been using for quite a while so that's how good it is. It comes packaged like this. You want to actually keep this packaging because it's really good to put it back into, just so you can keep it somewhere dry and safe and clean. It does come with this plastic on the top which you pull off. I like to put it back on again just to keep it clean and dry and in good order. As you can see, I've had my Gelli plate for quite a few years. I can't even remember how many because it's been quite a while. It's had a little bit of use but it's still working beautiful. I absolutely love this process because it's so easy, it makes quick prints, and it's an endless amount of collage material. Now, I'm got a project in mind that I want to collage together with some different papers and materials. So I'm going to go with a blue color scheme because I know it's going to work. So what you want to do is determine your color scheme beforehand. What are you going to create? What's your collage going to basically feel like that you want to create? I'm going to use some payne's gray and some white, and then some different shades of turquoise and blues to actually create an endless amount of Gelli plate prints. It does make quite an extensive range once you start going, it's very quick. So you want to make sure you've got a lot of space to put your prints out and a lot of paper. I'm going to use basic copy paper, I'm also going to use some thin Chinese watercolor paper, and then some thicker 180 gram watercolor paper. I would suggest gathering quite a few bundles of different types of paper before you start, and to have different thicknesses and textures will just give you a lot more fun in the creative expression. I'm just going to use very affordable student grade paints. These I got from Warehouse Stationary. You can pick them up from different office supplies or department stores. Also, I'm going to try the Liquitex basic range, that's a new range I've found for student grade. They're just a lot more affordable paints, and the thing is when you're creating Gelli plate prints, you don't want to stress over how much paint you're using or how much it's going to cost you if it doesn't work out. You want to just allow yourself to freely create, make a mess, experiment, try some ideas so that you gather a huge amount of collage papers at the end, that you can then continue on to make your paintings with. So make sure you get good student grade paints, affordable paints, but paints that are going to work well. Now I use two brayers, one to roll all the paint on, and another one for when I want to push a bit heavier. You don't have to if you don't have two, you can just use one. I also like to roll my brayer off with excess paint onto brown paper packaging. Absolutely love paper packaging. I will roll the paint off onto this brown paper and then I will use the brown paper that's covered in beautiful layers of paint into another college. So paper becomes collage material however you actually create it. Just remember that. Always keep paper because you can stick it onto your canvas or into your art journal and it can become amazing collage paper. You're also going to need some paper towel, it does get messy. I also like to use baby wipes because I don't like my hands getting sticky. So pretty much it's a very simple setup. It creates a lot of collage papers, it creates them fast, it's experimental. Try not to think too much, just allow yourself to go with the process. You create one idea which then makes another idea, and you just keep rolling along. We're going to make a stack of papers and then we're going to put them into a beautiful collage painting. In the second part of the course, I'm going to be showing you how to use your beautiful Gelli plate prints in a completed collage painting. I will lead you step-by-step through the whole process of how I put my collage together to inspire you to create yours. We're going to use an image for our focal point, and you might want to consider finding this image first so that you can create your Gelli plate prints in the color scheme that suits your design. I found this beautiful turquoise door on So I'm going to use a range of blues and turquoise that will match this particular image for my collage painting. I will be discussing this with you further in the second part of the course so don't get stressed out about it now. If you want to have a look and find yourself a royalty-free image to use. Go right ahead and do that and then create your prints accordingly, or you can just freely create your Gelli plate prints in whatever color scheme you choose and then you can find your image later. It's really completely up to you how you want to approach this creative project. If you do want to find your image first, go on and source that, and then you'll know what range of colors to use for your prints. Because I can't wait let's get printing! 3. Learn the Basics With 3 Colour Prints: We're going to start by just creating some basic backgrounds. One color, two color, three colors, just on the paper to create backgrounds so that we can then put some stencils and some other things on after that. You just want to get a nice even layer of paint on your Gelli plate. Don't get too stressed about how it looks because you're just going to be creating backgrounds. It really is that simple put the paint on the Gelli plate, put the paper on the plate. There you go. You're already off and running with your beautiful collage papers. Now you don't have to wash your plate, especially if you're just going to work in a similar color palette. I want to put all of these blues into the mix together. I'm not going to wash it in between. You can give it a good wipe with the baby wipes. As I said, I'm just creating some beautiful backgrounds so that I can put some stencils over and create some more interesting shapes that way. This is just a one color print with a little bit of leftovers from the previous pull. Then I have a lot of paints still on the plate. You can put another piece of paper down to take a second print. The second print, of course, will be a lot lighter in color. Sometimes they can look absolutely amazing, especially if you're using it for a background and you're putting something else over the top. See how beautiful that looks? Gorgeous. Once you get moving along, you are going to need a fair amount of space to put your prints out to dry. See how interesting that second print can be, and that's just from rolling three colors onto the Gelli plate. This is the most simplest and easiest way to create beautiful collage papers. So this is just three colors on the Gelli plate, the first print. I mean, look how beautiful that is. That looks gorgeous just by itself. But I love abstract art! Depending on what paper you use, it will create different textures. If you put it on really textured paper, of course, it's going to have more marks and lines to it. Thin paper will be more absorbent. That didn't work and I actually have left my Gelli plate too long. It's too dry now, if your paint gets too dry on the Gelli plate, it won't print that's a good lesson to learn. Don't leave your Gelli plate too long when you're talking to someone else. I'm just going to now wipe all this off and start fresh. Also, you can put your brayer upside down like that so it doesn't stick to the paper if you're going to leave it for a while. I did go off and actually talked to someone so it got too dry. But all of this is really good lessons to learn. I really want you to be courageous, don't be afraid to try different things, to try different color schemes. I'm sticking to all blues and turquoise for this particular print batch. Only because I know what it is that I want to create down the road a bit. But within that are all the different colors of blues and tones that we can use, it's so endless. I'm using some turquoise and some cobalt. I absolutely love Payne's gray. It's one of my favorite colors, always adding white. Then there's a deep turquoise and some ultramarine. But these colors work really well together in any combination. Some of the prints look so fantastic I would just use them for an abstract painting. Make sure you are feeling courageous and you are prepared to experiment because you don't know what you're going to come up with and I think that's what I truly love about this particular procedure, is that it's quite experimental and you can come up with the most amazing papers. Look at the rich color of that, I mean that's just gorgeous. I am a little heavy-handed with my paint, I tend to always have a lot left on the Gelli plate, which doesn't bother me at all, that's just how I am. I am a bit of an intense person and I love strong saturated colors. I always use way too much paint. But that takes a beautiful pull off the second print and that has got some really interesting shape and texture to it. Keep going. Make a lot of prints so that you've got a lot to work from and you can try different papers. You can try different textures and make sure you just keep going so that we have got a lot that you can actually draw from to create the next stage. This is just making the backgrounds and then we're going to move on to putting stencils on them. 4. How to Use Stencils on the Gelli Plate: Now you should have a good selection of papers that you've printed with one, two, or even three colors on your gelli plate. I certainly have, so you should have kept going until you had huge piles of printed papers. They're absolutely beautiful, I totally love these papers. They have come up really well, they have fantastic backgrounds. They will make beautiful collage papers. Now I'm going to put some stencils on them next. This is a Stencil Girl stencil that I'm just going to use. I am also going to use a selection of other stencils that I have. It is pretty easy to get stencils of any patterns, or designs, or images depending on what you personally like. I'm going to do a couple of stencils with these backgrounds. Stencils are relatively cheap. You can pick them up at the copy center, newsagents, Kmart. Anywhere that's got an arts and crafts section will have stencils. I like the ones that are made of mila or plastic because then they last for quite some time. I also have found other websites online where you can get relatively cheap stencils from. It does become a little bit addictive, so you want to be careful! I love using stencils. For this particular application, it's an easy, no-brainer, anybody can do this fail-safe way of creating collage paper. Look how beautiful that looks with just a basic background and then one stencil over the top. Then when you take your stencil off, you also have all of this paint and the image underneath, so you want to then take a second print of that paint underneath. You don't know what you're going to get really. I just really go quite crazy, print out a whole heap because I am always amazed at how some of the pages come up. Some of the ones I think are going to work don't, and then some of the ones that I don't think are going to be any good come up amazing. That's just beautiful, and that can be used for a collage project down the track. Really, you're limited by your imagination and how willing you are to experiment. If something doesn't work out the first time, don't stress out, just put it aside and keep creating, because you want to just make a whole heap of papers so that when you do come to put something together, you've got a lot to choose from. Absolutely beautiful. Now, you can use one big stencil over the whole gelli plate or you can add a few little stencils. You just want to make a whole heap of collage papers so that later when you're working on some projects, you've got plenty of options. You want to give yourself lots of opportunities to have different shapes, and textures, and papers so that later on you'll have a lot to choose from when you're putting your painting together, because less is not enough and more is just more! I love to have a huge selection to work with when I'm putting a collage painting together, so you just keep making papers. If you do it all up once, you'll find that you have such a huge pile. When it comes to creating your collage, you'll have so many to choose from. It just makes it so much easier. There's a print from a few different smaller stencils on the one gelli plate. I absolutely love printing with stencils on a gelli plate because it's so instantaneous, you get such a satisfying immediate print. Look at that. That's pretty nice. What about we try something different like how about this piece of brown paper that I've been rolling the paint on. Let's have a try of that and see what it looks like. I love paper packaging. It's an endless resource, which is usually free. Let's see what this particular paper looks like with this stencil. You just have to try new things all the time. Don't stress out if it doesn't work. Look at that. That's pretty nice, I really like that. Paper packaging people, love it for collage papers! 5. Printing with Household Items: What do you do if right now, you don't have any stencils? Well, you can actually brush the paint onto your Gelli plate, and it creates really interesting painterly techniques. It's quite experimental, you never quite know how it's going to come out. Look at that. That's quite beautiful. Of course, there's still lots more paper on the Gelli plate, so you can take a second print. The second print will look different to the first print because it's got less paint on it, it's commonly referred to as the 'ghost print'. Although this application is not so ghosty, because there's quite a bit of paint on the plate. But that looks pretty nice and that's just by brushing it on and then taking a print. There's many ways that you can use your Gelli plate, you have just got to get a little bit experimental, and be willing to fail because sometimes it just doesn't work. So you have to be willing for it to not be exactly how you want it to turn out, and then you'll be okay. The first print, we put the paint on the Gelli plate, but you can also take the paint off the Gelli plate. If you roll it out first, and then brush some marks into it, you'll find you'll have a completely different pattern. Depending on how much paint you actually remove, will make different marks. Look how fun that is. As you can see, it creates quite a variety of marks. Depending on whether you're putting paint on the plate, or taking it off the plate, depends on the size of your shapes. Of course, then it's all varied again by how much paint you put on. What about my favorite paper packaging? Let's try that. You know how much I love paper packaging. This came wrapped around something that I ordered, and it has these really cool lines. Let's see how that prints up. That is fabulous! What about if we put it on again, but we go across the other way with the lines, let's see how that prints up. That's a pretty cool design, that's just with some corrugated cardboard one way, and then another way. We have a very nice gridded print. What about more packaging? Bubble wrap. Let's see how the bubble wrap print looks. You can use anything really to create a mark on the plate for your Gelli prints. You just can't use anything too sharp, that's going to indent into the plate, otherwise, it will be permanently dented. So really, you can go quite crazy in what you can possibly dream up to create marks on the Gelli plate. Now that's cool marks, that's from bubble wrap. This is the ghost print after the gridded cardboard and the bubble wrap, and you can see both layers, there on your print. That's because I didn't wipe it off in between, I just kept layering more paint on, because being all the blues and turquoise colors, we can actually do that, and it all blends really nicely. That's a pretty cool print. Very interesting. The fact that it's a monoprint, you cannot reproduce this in a fit, even if you try. That's pretty cool. I like that. Of course, you can put any shapes on the Gelli plate, as long as it's not sharp, and it doesn't indent into your Gelli plate, then you can use anything to create marks. That was made with this shape, which I think was a necklace originally. That's a pretty nice painting. Sponges, to create shapes. You can even use kids' sponges to create shapes. Really, you're only limited by your imagination and what you're willing to try. These things come from any cheap department store or $2 shop. I think I bought this pack for five bucks, so it's a pretty affordable way of creating art, and it's fun. Look how cool that looks. A little bit of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night going on there, I'm thinking. What about some string? This piece of paper really is just pushing the string onto the plate. I don't expect it's going to be very exciting when it prints, but you never know. No, that's not too bad. It's kind of an interesting line. But when we take the string off, that's going to be far more interesting. Look how cool that looks. As you can see, it makes a lot of prints and you can move fast, especially if you've got your colors in a harmonious color scheme. What about the things you're not supposed to use? Like kitchen utensils. That could be fun. What kind of shapes do these make? Just don't tell your mum you stole them from the kitchen! There's so much you can do with Gelli plate printing, you just have to allow yourself to experiment and to try. It'd be a fun exercise to go around your house and find things that you can try in your Gelli plate print. Just remember, don't have sharp objects that dig into your plate, otherwise, it'll make an indented mark that you won't be able to remove. You should definitely try all sorts of different shapes and see what prints they make. Look at that, kitchen utensils. So much fun! What about toilet rolls? They could make an interesting shape, nice and round. Let's see what this does. So just be brave. Have a little courage, be experimental, and see what shapes you can make on your Gelli plate prints. These are the toilet rolls. 6. Ways to Improve Your Prints: If you had been following along, and you've created your abundant supply of Gelli plate prints, then your workspace should look a little bit like this! Now, don't worry if some of the prints haven't turned out exactly how you'd hoped, because I'm going to show you more ways of how you can print over the top again with another layer, and how you can fix them, and how you can use those ones that you think aren't very good into a background that creates another beautiful design. There are so many ways to fix these prints and to use these prints as collage paper. Don't throw any of them away. If you've printed them onto paper, then you can use them in the collage, and you will be amazed at what you find will be useful when you start putting your collage together. Don't judge your prints too harshly right now. I'm going to show you more ways of how to turn those prints into beautiful creative designs. Right, so now we're up to the third layer. The first layer, we did one color, two color, three color. On the Gelli plate, simply painted it with the piece of papers, made beautiful backgrounds and lots of them. The second layer, we put stencils on the Gelli plate over our first color backgrounds, and we took a stack of stencils, or we used items from around the house, very interesting shapes, and created prints from those. Now the third layer, we're going to be using metallic paints, beautiful colors, and also some interference paint as well. What you need to do first, is line up all of your Gelli plate prints that you have already made, and put them in two piles. Pile 1, you really like them, you can't wait to use them. They look fabulous. They're going to make amazing collage papers. Or pile number 2, you're not so crazy about them and you want to experiment further. I have a beautiful selection of Gelli plate prints here that I absolutely love, plus a whole pile that didn't really turn out overly great. They're either too dark for whatever reason or they're too light, and I can create more patterns over the top of them. Or in the experimental process, they just might be a little boring, and I want to try adding something else to them to jazz them up and make them better. This really is the creative process. This is how it goes. This is a normal part of the process. Make sure you now make your two piles, those that you love and you're going to keep, and the other ones that you're going to work on some more. Then we're going to add the next layer. Some of my previous prints are just too light and too boring. Nothing like a bit dramatic contrast to help things along. This is a stencil of a completely abstract design, and I'm going to put it over this piece of paper which really couldn't get any worse. Not too bad, looks a bit of a Picasso. With your third layer, if you have a print that came out too light a background, you can put a darker one over the top. Likewise, if you've got a print that is too dark, like this one, you can put a light stencil print over the top of that. With each consecutive layer, your print image just becomes more and more interesting. Each layer adds more texture to the next, so your papers becomes so interesting by the time you've actually got to a place where you're happy with them. You've just going to keep experimenting until you find what it is you're looking for. That looks pretty nice. I'm pretty happy with that print. I think I'll stop there with this piece of paper. Yeah, that looks good. That's the light print over the dark background, and this was the dark print over the light. I'm going to try a little bit of bling, and see if I can get something more exciting happening. This is the same brand as these blue ones, it's very affordable paint. Adding some copper, which is a beautiful warm metallic color, and I'm going to add it to one of the papers that turned out way too dark and too boring. Let's see what a little bit of metallic copper can do. Yeah, a little bit of metallic copper, that makes it far more interesting. Let's try a new stencil. This is the third layer on this sheet of paper. It's handling it quite well. The paint was too dark, and the print wasn't very good of the previous stencil, so we'll see if this beautiful contrasting color can have more life. That's pretty nice. That makes a nice contrasting pop to the page. On the color wheel, I've been using a color scheme where all the colors have been sitting together side-by-side. That's a very harmonious color scheme. Opposite the blue in the color wheel is orange, so this beautiful pop of copper is going to really work as a complementary color to all the blues and turquoise types. That looks pretty nice. What about trying some bronze, which is just not so orangey, but it would work pretty nicely. Still got some copper on my roller. They are beautiful metallic paints. This brand is very affordable, so you don't mind having a little experimentation and playtime when you know you're not spending a fortune. I'm going to try that stencil again, that was pretty nice, with this one here because it's a little boring. Let's see what else we can do with it. Now, that's a bit more exciting. That's got both the bronze and the copper on it. That's pretty interesting colors. 7. Introducing Interference Paints: I'm going to try some interference paint. Interference paint is titanium-coated mica flakes. They basically interfere with the light spectrum. On white paper, they look just incredibly pale. You really can't see much at all. But on black paper or dark paper or dark colors, that's when you really see the amazing interference of the paint. This is absolutely beautiful, it is interference violet, and this one is interference blue. You can get blue green, you can get green, you can get quite a few different colors. See how against the dark background it becomes like pearlescent or that metallic, mother of pearl look. They really are incredibly beautiful. I have played with them a fair amount. Over my years as an artist. Look at that green one, looks very paua in the colors. So that's paua shell. See how it's got that incredible pearlescent metallic mix of purples and greens. Well, this is what the interference colors do. They have that incredible pearlescent metallic look to them. Over dark colors, over white or light colors, you won't see that at all. I love that. I absolutely love that! Anyway, so I'm going to have a play with some interference colors, but it'll have to be over the backgrounds that are too dark, which is fine. I just happen to have some! I'm going to put on some, I think some green. Some green and blue. I'm using the Golden fluid. You can get full body in the interference paints and you can get other brands. That's just what I happen to have in my drawers right this very second. As you can see, it's very fine paint. It's a lot thinner. It'll be very interesting to see what it does on a Gelli plate. I actually haven't tried this before with the Gelli plate, but let's try it. Let's try it with through stencil and see what it does. Also, you won't see the color. Probably until it dries a bit because it still looks quite milky white when it's wet. As it dries you see that pearlescent color come out. Let's see what it does. Honestly say I haven't tried this before. You can see the little splotches of the interference paint. I'll show you once that dries and how that's come out because it'll have much more effect. This time, I'm going to try it with a full-bodied interference paint to see if it's being a bit thicker, it might have more impact. This was a violet. Interference violet. You can see as I'm rolling it on, the different color that it is, this is got a bit more body to it than the fluid. So it might have more of an impact with a stencil is my theory, and it is definitely a theory! Put it on this one because that one's boring. Let's see what it does. Not to worry. Wow, so that's got more impact because it's more of a full-body paint. That's that one. The other one was the fluid paint which I think was a bit too thin. But that's got a bit to it, that's fun. I'm liking that, looks like fireworks. Now the interference fine in the fluid was a bit thin for a stencil. But I'm pretty sure that the full-body interference paint will work just fine. I'm going to try my theory with some beautiful interference blue. Look at that opalescent color. It's just like magic. I just love it. I'm going to put a bit more on because I am using a stencil. You want to have a pretty good thick coverage to go through the stencil. Let's see what we can do. That might be a little bit too much! Not to worry. I'm never bothered about these kinds of things. Remember, the interference color has to go over a dark background. So if you've got something that didn't quite turn out the way you'd hoped, why don't you try some interference blue, It's that incredible opalescent color. I just love it. Let's see what it does. That's the interference blue on a stencil, which is the full body paint and works a lot better than the thin fluid to paint. That'll come up even more beautiful as it dries. I will show you when it dries because that will look quite cool. Of course, there's a lot of leftover paint there from the ghost print and I'm going to use this dark image. Look how nice that whole covering of the interference blue, that's going to look very pearlescent and opalescent when it's dried, it's going to look beautiful, and I will show you. The interference paint didn't work so great on the stencil, the interference fine fluid. But I was thinking, what about if I painted it straight onto the Gelli plate, didn't use a stencil, and printed it that way, that might have more impact. You can see how it looks on white. It looks very unimpressive. But you can see the opalescent already in the interference blue. That's what I love. Is that beautiful opalescent. Look to it, so If you see it now on the Gelli plate. That's what creates that beautiful paua looking color once it's on a dark background. I'm going to have a little play with this just to show you how incredible these paints are. Because you need to have a little experiment with what's out there and what's available. I'm just painting it with a brush. This is the fluid interference paints. There are a lot thinner than the full body and these ones don't do well in a stencil as we just saw. But I am going to try just putting them straight on the Gelli plate and printing it from there. Because I think these beautiful little colors have a lot to give. That's on the Gelli plate. I know it looks very unimpressive. That's my background, beautiful and dark. We'll see what it does. Now, I will have to show you once it dries a bit, because it does also look more impressive as it dries. So, hold the phone caller! and I'll show you when it's dry how amazing it is. That's a little smudgy print straight from the Gelli plate. Now as you can see, you can see the difference that it made being on the dark background because of the interference coated mica flakes, which are fascinating. I'll show you once it's dry, how beautiful it is. But you can totally see what I'm on about with the paua colors. Yes. I'll take some more of that. As I just happened to have so many dark backgrounds. That looks pretty nice too. Just going to have one more little play with it. Because I just am so fascinated by these incredible colors. Look how cool that looks. The prints with the interference paint have dried more now, this is the fluid interference that didn't do well with the stencil, but did fabulous painting it on the Gelli plate. That's what it looks like in the raw state. Pretty uninteresting, but look, how glorious that is. Painted on a dark background once it's dried, it comes up absolutely amazing. I'm telling you. Look, it's just like paua. Absolutely beautiful. Those opalescent, pearlescent metallic pigments, incredible. I absolutely love interference paints, so you should definitely experiment with that. Just remember, it's going to be on a dark background. Here are the beautiful Gelli plate prints, all nice and dry. You can see that opalescent color that comes through from the interference blue. That's the full-body that I did with the stencil. Pretty nice. Then this is the interference green. That's pretty nice too. Then these are the ghost prints that was the all over color that's got a bit of blue and green on it, and this one is the green. Look at the intensity of that color. Absolutely love the way the impact of the interference paints over dark prints that you otherwise might have thrown away. So make sure you have a look at that, they will set you back a little bit. If they are an artist grade paint. They're not the more affordable brand like these ones. But just having a few key artist paints really works well in your creative toolbox. This is a really good one to just know that it's out there on the market. Have a little play with it and see what amazing creative prints you can come up with. 8. Adding Complementary Colours: I've been talking about my harmonious color scheme, and about using colors of blues and turquoise, and how they'll all mix together on the gelli plate. I just wanted to show you on the color wheel what I mean by that. This is an analogous color scheme, and the colors sit side-by-side on the color wheel. They're all harmonious and they will all mix really well together. If we're looking at a complimentary color scheme, these are the colors that are opposite on the color wheel. They add contrast, and a pop of color, and they can be used to make your design really interesting. These are the colors that I have chosen to use, although you can use any color scheme you'd like to. I just find by using a harmonious color scheme where the colors will all mix together easily is a far more effective way of doing the gelli plate printing when you're working towards a particular project. Now of course, this color wheel is quite useful because you can change it around. If you're unsure about different color schemes and what you want to use, you can get yourself one of these from the art shop and have a little play. As you turn it around you can see which are the colors that are going to be in which particular color scheme, and what their complimentary colors would be. It can actually be quite helpful if you're thinking about a particular dynamic of different colors that you want to put together. Have a look at a color wheel, and maybe get yourself one from the art supply store if you don't already have one, because it really is quite a useful tool when you're learning about color and design. I'm adding some warm tones to this cool mix. Just to mix it up a bit, add a bit of contrast. So that when it comes to making my collage, I'll have lots to choose from. This is a nice thick watercolor paper. I just want to have some choices down the track when I put my collage together of some different color combinations, and a little pop of warm colors amongst the cool color scheme will look absolutely beautiful. Look how gorgeous that is. If that's sitting with some of these blue tones, that's going to work really nicely. I'm just going to make a few of these warm tone prints, so that later down the track, I can add some highlights to my collage. These rich colors will go so well with these beautiful blues. See how the orange tone with the blues are complimentary colors on the color wheel, and they'll just pop next to each other. 9. Choosing Your Most Successful Prints: The first part of the project is to show me which of your Gelli prints that you really like. I've got mine spread out here that I like. I love this one with its painterly application. That was done with just brushing on the Gelli plate and taking a print of that, love that. Love the copper, the way it pops in color against the dark background of the deep paynes gray, love the metallic copper, looks fabulous with that stencil. But then I also love these two. I love the dark stencil over the light, and that background had two layers underneath it, and you can see all the texture coming through, which makes a really fascinating print. Same with this one. It had two layers under it before the final print, and I think that makes for a richer, deeper, and more interesting end product, loving those. This one is with the bronze and that looks really beautiful against the blues and the greens, the tones of the turquoise. Of course, I love this one. Fabulous, very simple design, it's just one stencil and boom. That's just like, you can make a collage painting so easily with that. This one looks beautiful too. It's got some of the interference paint and some of the copper. Here's the interference paint here that I painted on the Gelli plate and then took a print. Isn't it absolutely fabulous? Love that. But then also I'm loving these prints, which are the complementary colors of my harmonious blue color scheme. This is with the orange, some deep red, and the metallic copper. They look fabulous against these blue tones, so that's going to work really well. I really love this print, I think it's really interesting. That was the multiple layers of paint and then bubble wrap I think, I'm pretty sure it's bubble wrap. This one by itself, I absolutely love this as just a painting. It had a few different layers of textured paint put on it and probably a print underneath, but I just love that just by itself. These textures just look fabulous, loving these from the other stencils that are used. Show me which of your Gelli plate prints that you're really loving as the first part of the project. I'd love to see how your prints turned out. Then what we're going to do next is, work on using those Gelli plate prints into a finished collage painting. I'm going to take you step-by-step through the process of how I do that so that we can encourage and inspire you with your beautiful collection of prints. 10. Creating a Collage Painting: Before you start, you need to get all your materials ready that you're going to use. You can do this project on a canvas. That's what I'm going to do. It's 30cm or 12 inch square canvas. You can also do the project on paper, on board, or even in your art journal. It's completely up to you what substrate that you want to do this collage painting on, whatever it is that's going to work for you right now for this project, you are welcome to do that painting on. I have my canvas and then you're going to need your prints from your gelli plate printing. You need an abundance of those, you need some of the paints that you used in those prints, you need some extra material or papers that's going to go with the colors from your print, you want some PVA or some matte medium, some baby wipes, because it will get sticky, you want a credit card or gift card, an old one that you can use to scrape the air bubbles out when you glue things on. You need a couple of brushes. An old brush for painting with and some collage paper and some scissors. Once you've got all your materials, you can set them all out on a table, so then you're ready to go. Now the focal point of this collage painting is going to be an image. I found this image on Absolutely loved that website. It's royalty free. You can download their images free of charge, free to use in private use or commercial, so it's absolutely fantastic and amazing. Resources are endless. I typed in the search bar 'door' and this came up with 100 other pictures. Absolutely love it. I love the color, I love the texture and the shapes, and it's going to go really well with my gelli plate prints and the stencil that I've predominantly used for that. Also some other textured papers that I have in my studio will also work. You need to gather your collage materials together. The smart way when you're approaching this kind of collage painting is to find your image first. If you've got a picture of something that you really wanted to turn into a painting, or in a collage, then base your gelli plate prints on the colors of the image that you choose. You could go to and you could find an image and you can print it out and then you can do all your gelli plate printing to match the colors and the textures of that image. You want to make sure you use a laser print image because if you print it out on your inkjet, it will bleed. When you put on paint or glue, the dyes in the print will run, so make sure it's a laser print. You might have a laser printer, I do not, so I go to the copy shop, which is a five-minute walk away, and get any image printed out for a buck-and-a-half and I'm good to go. Just make sure you remember that when you're finding your image, that it has to be a laser print. Once you've got your image, you've got an abundance of gelli plate prints, you've got some extra materials of collage in the same tones, your paints, and all your other bits and pieces, you're ready to begin. The next question is going to be, where do you want your image? As mine is a square canvas, I could put a smack bang in the middle or I could have it more off-center, which is what I'm more likely to do. I think things are a little bit stronger if they're not so obviously bang in the middle, but if you like that particular composition, you can do that. Now the first thing I'm going to do is trim off the excess. If you put your print down and rip your page this way, then it won't leave the white mark along the edge. See. Like that. If you do it this way, it does leave the white mark, so depending on how you want your print to look. I like to rip the edges rather than cut the edges because I like the organic line, however, it does go a little crooked sometimes. Don't worry about opps! Because this is going to be a collage painting, so it is going to have lots of different layers, and you're going to keep working on it until you're happy with the end result. At no point along this process do you need to stress because if it's not working how you want, you just keep going and you keep adding layers or collage or paint or anything else that's going to help with your composition until you find a happy place. I'm going to use a matte medium on this or you can use a PVA glue, really doesn't matter. I often use both when I'm doing a collage painting. I think what I want to do first is wrap some color around my edge here because I've decided I'm going to have my image along the side towards this side and I'm going to have it like that. I'm going to want to wrap some color around this edge. I am a big believer of doing the edges of a canvas because I like things finished properly and I like them to look professional. I am going to put color around the edge and I'm going to use my gelli plate prints to do that. You can use an old credit card or a gift card to straighten out any creases or to get rid of any air bubbles. It's always a good way. The sides are starting to look good. 11. Refining Your Collage Elements: My beautiful textured background has dried overnight and it's looking fabulous. Loving the Gelli plate prints. Loving the image of my turquoise door. At the moment, I'm loving everything except, there's something I'm not loving. See, it's really good to let it dry and look again the next day at your collage. Because you'll spot things that you're not happy with or you are happy with. I'm generally loving all these areas, but I'm not happy with these poles here in my image. I think they're too harsh for my beautiful, lovely Gelli plate prints, so I've got this beautiful paper here, that I bought last month on holiday in Napier, and I'm going to put some of this paper into this section here, to cover these poles because I'm just not happy with that. I've got some of this paper here, I'm going to then cut out some of these shapes here to put across these poles because I'm just not happy with that. So I am going to do that, and then we'll see where we are after that. I'm much happier with that, putting this piece on here, which is this paper. I just cut some of the trees out and stuck it there because I didn't like the two poles that were there. I thought it was too harsh for my beautiful, lovely turquoise composition. Much happier with that, I think that looks really cute. Now you know how I said, don't stress, just go on and make your collage and you can fix anything you don't like. Well, it's all true, so I'm not happy with this color here. It's not quite sitting with me harmoniously. I'm not happy with that. So I rummaged around my studio and pulled out a piece of that Nat Geo paper that's been dissolved. I'm going to put this piece of paper here because I think that's a much better neutral color to go with all the other colors rather than that one. It's all personal preference, all of this. How you choose to make your collage, the decisions that you make, it really comes down to what you personally like. So don't get stressed out if someone else doesn't like what you like or you don't like what someone else likes. Because creativity is really allowing yourself to just freely create as an expression of who you are, and it's okay if yours is different to everybody else's. I want to stick this piece of paper there because I really like the color, I think it's working for my composition. If everybody else likes it or doesn't like it, it doesn't really matter. I like it. When you're creating your collage if you like it, then just keep working on it how you want to work on it. Don't get bogged down in worrying about whether or not it's going to match your couch, or if your husband doesn't like it, or something else like that. Because you just need to freely create this collage how you want to create it. A few crinkles there, it's okay, it will be alright. Wrap it around the side, it will look beautiful. You need to rummage through all your stuff and see what else you've got that's going to go with your collage. Because I think you just might surprise yourself with what you can find. Art really does come down to your personal preference. There are some elements of design and there are some compositional tips that can help you. But really, with this kind of application, you've just got to be courageous enough to say, "Yes I like it" or "No I don't." If you don't like it, we can paint over it or collage over it or change it in some way. If you do like it, you just say, "You know, I like that." That to me is much better. For me personally, I like this neutral color and their line of the composition that's in the texture of this paper better than the previous one, so there you go. I'm happy with that. Now, what's next? Clearly, we need something here, so I'm going to use some of this beautiful, textured, amazing turquoise paper. I don't even know where I got it from, seriously. I had it for a long time in my cupboard. I'm going to rip a piece of this and I'm going to put it on there. But I think I might paint it white because I think it's a bit bright for the rest of the composition. I'm going to rip this piece off here, and I'm going to put it on there and I'm probably going to paint it white. That's what I'm going to do. I ripped this piece off and I liked this shape. I think it's going to look good just here. But I do think I need to paint it white or lighten it a bit because I think it's a bit bright for this because I want this to be the main feature. So I'm going to do that. You just really have to allow yourself to create freely and see what happens and see where it goes. You might surprise yourself at how amazing you really are. I put a bit of white paint on this, that's the original color. See I've added a little bit of white paint on to just to mute it down a little bit in tone. I'm going to put it here. It is too wet, but I'm too impatient to wait for it to dry. I'm going to put it right here. It's just a little bit wet. It probably is best to wait for these things to dry, I'm just not good at waiting, so I'm sticking it on now. I like that. I like all the texture of it. I like all this fibrous material. I think it's really interesting. Yeah, I think that's good. I like that. You know? That's something really funny because I was so impatient to glue it down because I didn't want to wait for it to dry, it still had some wet paint, and I've just realized that I've added a little bit of white paint over this bottom section because it was on my brush and I was gluing this section down. That happens. But I really like it. I actually think that the little bit of white misty paint over the top here in some of this section along there and it's down there, but it's not in these ones. Can you see that? I think that that looks really good. That's a really happy accident because of my total impatience to wait for it to dry. But I think I need to wash my brush now because it has white paint and glue in it. Clearly, because there it is. I'm really liking the way it's done that actually because it's just created this little pocket of intense color and then this section is a little bit lighter and I think that really contributes. There you go. You see, don't stress out if things don't go exactly how you plan, because you don't know what's going to happen. All right. So that's stuck. It's still wet, clearly. That's fun, I'm happy with it. This is good, loving my door. The Gelli plate prints are fabulous. I like this neutral zone here, but of course, I do think we should add a little bit of warm color because we've got these, can you see these tiny little dots of red on this paper? I mean, surely I need to add some warm tones somewhere and you know how when I was painting the Gelli prints, I did a few pages of the warm tones with the copper because look how good the copper works with the turquoise. That's just beautiful. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to pull some shape or something of the rich copper tone, out of these Gelli plate prints that I took in the complementary colors. Complementary colors are opposite on the color wheel, and as this is predominantly blue and turquoise, opposite that will be the orange. The copper is very orange and then it's got some of the deep red in it as well, which is really working. I want to put some shapes into here, of the beautiful warm tones, I'm just not sure what kind of shapes. Definitely shapes, maybe some circles. Then I could repeat these shapes here. Right, that's what I'm going to do, I'm going to put some circular shapes here from this piece of beautiful Gelli plate print. The hardest part is trying to decide which beautiful colored, gorgeous, complementary color will I put on it. I've got so many beautiful Gelli plate prints to choose from, that's actually a really tough decision. 12. Adding the Finishing Touches: Well, that was rather a painful decision to make. But, I finally decided on this particular sheet of paper of the gelli plate prints and these particular shapes. It was rather painful. Because truly, I could have gone a 100 different ways, literally. We've got a few different options and thousands of possible shapes. That's the thing. You just got to play around with what you're working with, with your materials until you settle on something that you're like, "Yeah, I like that." It does take a while sometimes. This one was the hardest decision of the whole collage. Was what shapes to do, which colors to use out of all of the prints that I have, but finally, I came to a resolution. There it is. The beautiful copper tones are winning with the orange, which is the complementary color. It just, I think looks beautiful. I'm pretty happy with that. As I'm trying to stick it down. I think that's pretty nice. I'm pretty happy with that. That shape is mirroring the shape that's in there. The shape that's in there, that looks like that shape. Also, I like the way it is connected with that shape as well. I'm happy with my little garden down here, which covered those horrible poles. I love the turquoise door, love my gelli prints. I'm pretty happy with this collage. I think it's beautiful. All the sides are done with the beautiful gelli prints. I have quite a fair bit of those gelli plate prints left over, so I know they're going to become something else. I'll probably put another project in the project section because I could definitely create something straight away even with the other gelli plate prints. That is the thing with this kind of creative application, you really can do 10 different paintings with the same inspiration. It really could be this or it could be that. I could have done those shapes in hundreds of different ways, and different colors. I could have used different pages of my gelli plate prints. Don't get stuck on being scared to do something or put something in your collage, just charge ahead and if you don't like it, change it. Remember how this piece under here, I wasn't that fussed on, so I changed it and put this piece on, a little bit of white over that, was accidental, but it looks really good. You just got to keep moving, keep creating, and keep changing and adjusting as you move along. Then you'll find all of a sudden you have this beautiful, amazing collage painting. You're like, "Wow, I'm awesome." You really are. You can do this. You can totally do this. You go follow it step-by-step, and you can create your own, and I'd so love to see it. I really hope you've enjoyed this workshop and all of the gelli plate madness because it is quite addictive process. But just create freely, have courage, Don't get stuck anywhere. If something's not working or you don't think this or you're not sure about that. Just keep creating in your beautiful collage and keep changing it and keep adding to it and then you'll get to a place where you sit back and you go, "Yeah, that's pretty nice." Then when you get to that place, you're like," Yeah, I'm awesome." That's the place I want you to get to. When you do, share a picture with me in the project section because I'd love to see your collage. 13. Thank you & Farewell: Thank you so much for joining me in this art course. I really hope you had as much fun as I did. I've got Gelli plate prints all over my workspace. I have an abundance of collage material, and I just love it. I would love to see what you have created, so post a picture in the projects or discussion section. You can contact me there or you can email me directly and you can find more about my artwork on my website. You're also very welcome to join my private Facebook group, Creative Adventures in the Studio, and you can chat with me further there and show me more of your beautiful creative designs. I really love to see what you do with this course and the inspiration I've given you. If you come up with any more techniques that I haven't included here, please let me know. I would love to see what shapes you can find from around your house to use on your Gelli plate, because that is an absolute endless source of creative exploration. It's been absolutely fun. I've loved every minute of this art class and I wish you every success in your creative adventures.