Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Making Stamps for Gelli

I wanted to do some Gelli printing tonight but it's very hot and the paint is drying much too quickly. So I decided to make some new stamps and stencils to use with my Gelli plates. Above are some stamps made with cheap kids craft foam. You can press lines into it with a ball-point pen, make holes with a punch, cut out shapes and mount them onto scrap cardboard.

Corrugated cardboard on its own can make a nice stamp especially when you tear off parts of the top layer to reveal the pattern beneath.

Another great way to make stencils is with a glue gun. Just draw designs in glue onto a heat resistant surface like a Teflon craft sheet or baking paper. You can place an image under baking paper and trace over it if you need a guide. Make sure there are some lines inside larger shapes to help hold the stencil together, these get quite flimsy. Once the glue is set carefully peel them off the sheet.

Tomorrow is looking to be even hotter so it may be a few days before I can try these out.

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