Watercolour on Gelli Plate

Posted on February 8, 2017 and tagged Tutorials, Sketchbook, Painting

Lately, I haven't had the time to use my acrylic paints much. It used to be my favourite medium to work with but now that I have a 6 month old baby the prepartion and clean-up has just been too much. My husband bought me a beautiful set of watercolour paints for Christmas and those have been getting some heavy use lately. I love that the only prep I need to do is get a clean dish of water and some paper towels. The clean-up is practically non-existent. Just let the paint dry in the pallette for next time and dump the dirty paint water...or not!

So the other day when I was rummaging through my art supplies and found my Gelli Plate, I knew I had to give it a try with watercolour instead of my usual acrylic. At first I tried picking up some paint from the palette and painting it onto the plate. In retrospect, it probably still would have produced a nice effect, but it looked like it wasn't working.

Then I decided to squeeze out a bit of paint straight from the tube. This might sound like a waste of paint, but I'm telling you it was the teeny tiniest amount. Just a thin little smear. I swished that around with some water, pressed the plate to my paper and was very surprised at the results. It looked great! I was skeptical because it didn't look like the paint was spreading very well but once the plate was pressed to the page it spread across the paper.

Next I added some more paint to create a little depth and more texture. Then once it was all dry I drew some easy circle designs using Sharpie paint pens.

In total, it probably took me about 20 minutes to create this little page. It was a fun and easy exercise and I'll definitely be experimenting with watercolour and Gelli Plates again.