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Allowing the paint to dry on your gelli plate


This has possibilities but needs work!

How it was done.

The materials: gelli plate, stencil, acrylics, brayer and baby wipes.

Roller some acrylic paint onto your gelli plate using a brayer.

Place your stencil over the top
of the wet paint

Take a print by rubbing a piece of paper over the stencil.

Leave the stencil on the plate.

Use a baby wipe to clear the negative spaces of the stencil of any remaining paint.

Using a sponge, fill the spaces on the stencil with a second colour of acrylic paint.

Gently lift the stencil to reveal the paint on the gelli plate. Leave to dry. This is very important. I didn't and ruined my print!

When the paint is thoroughly dry, squeeze some acrylic paint using a 3rd colour onto the plate. Roller on with your brayer. You need a very thin coat of paint, so clean the brayer between rolls on a piece of scrap paper. You should be able to see the colours through the top layer as in the photo below.

Take a print and rub very thoroughly on the back of the paper.

Because my paint wasn't thoroughly dry the yellow ochre paint didn't lift onto the paper, but stuck the paper to the gelli plate instead. It wasn't too bad as an experimental piece, and I can remember to do it properly next time!


  1. Love your print and the step by step photos. I've tried this technique and my paper always sticks to the plate. Is that because I didn't let it sit long enough?

    1. Hello Gail, I've had this problem occasionally too. I find that the type of paper matters and you may find if you change that it helps. Printer paper is best for me rather than the thicker softer types. Making sure the paint is dry is essential too as you've spotted! Could you perhaps leave to dry overnight to make sure. The top layer that lifts the print affects it too. Too much paint and it won't lift, too little and it sticks the paper and acts like glue. Sorry not to be able to give a definitive answer for you, but I'm fairly new to the process. Anyone care to chip in?

    2. Footnote: I read the gelli plate blog and it mentions that if you spend too long pressing the paper when you take the print, the paint - being thin - will have dried and sticks the paper to it. You do need to press but not too much. Sounds logical and worth a try!