Making a Splash!

Hi Everyone!  I love having time to play and try new things so I couldn't resist when I had time both last night and this morning diving in and making a Splash with my new Splash Inks using my Gelli Plate.

This is such a great combination of products for anyone who loves color, randomness and creating your own backgrounds papers.

The videos I have watched on the Gelli Plate brayer color across the plate use a stencil, found objects or draw into it to create a design/pattern and than take a print and continue to layer further colors and designs onto this initial print.  I wanted to experiment more with color and the Splash Ink Acrylic Mixing Colors to see what results I could achieve in minimal layers today.

Splash Inks are four colors that you mix together in various quantities to achieve at least one hundred other color variations.  They are a concentrated color in liquid form, which comes in a bottle with a dropper lid making them easy to use, and it minimizes your outlay as you only need four colors.

One thing I noted was that because the Splash Inks are in a liquid form in comparison to normal Acrylic Paint, you got interesting effects when applied sparingly from what I will call the evaporation effect for want of a better word.  For all of the below prints, I have simply applied drops of the four colors to the plate randomly and brayer over the plate unless otherwise specified..




Lots of Yellow with a touch of the other colors, lightly brayered and then pounced with a baby wipe. Print 1 and then apply Colors Yellow, Blue and Magenta applied across the plate and then combed with a Tsukineko Squeegee. Print taken for above result.



Drops of Magenta and Yellow applied across the top of one side and brayed rolled across the plate one, turned and rolled brayer across the plate in other direction to give striped effect. Print 1 and then apply blue randomly in corners brayered and then stamp in some places with French Script Stamp.  Print taken for Above Result.



Both of the above were taken using the equivalent to an ink blotter/acrylic smash technique with a piece of acetate.  Apply drops of Splash Ink Randomly on Plate and then apply over this a piece of acetate.  Using Brayer move the color around till you are happy with the mix results.  Then Print.

The right hand side print also had paper flowers pressed into it before printing which removed the ink from these areas given the white effect.

The two prints below show the different effects achieved between Stamping into the Splash Ink VS Acrylic Paint.



Medallion Stamp pressed into Splash Ink on Gelli Plate - the evaporation effect blurs the outlines



Medallion Stamp Pressed into Normal Acrylic Paint on Gelli Plate.

The possibilities are endless and I had great fun playing and I must warn you its totally addictive. 

I will be sharing more Gelli Plate Printing Fun with you again soon including the finished projects using these prints.  I hope you have a great end to your week and find some time to do what you love.!

16 comments:

Dawn Mercedes said...

I like the mix of colors and textures! Fabulous!

Tammy said...

Love all of the colors!

Zoe said...

These are all absolutely stunning Danie, I've seen a few vids of the Gelli plate myself and keep telling myself I don't need one :/ lol we'll see xxx

MiamiKel said...

Okay, it's officially - I want to come to play with you and Julie! This is super fun! Love the technique and the way each one came out so unique! Lovely!!

Becky said...

Gorgeous colors and textures, each one is beautiful.

jane stillman said...

Well they certainly give an interesting and very different effect. Great that each one will be unique

Lizzyc said...

Wow you have been having such fun! These look amazing!

Kate M said...

What a great selection of backgrounds you have created here.
xx

Lynn McAuley said...

These look amazing, Danie!! What awesome colors and patterns!

Karen said...
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Karen said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun playing with the different inks and the brayer, Danie. I love all the different patterns that you created and my favourite would be the one with the medallion stamp.

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Wow I love the backings you have made....you should sell them! I love having a play but I'm so worried about getting messy (what a rubbish crafter saying that)....

Thank you for the very lovely comment you left on my blog...

Hugs Lisa xxxx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! These are all really gorgeous, LOVE them all
Lindsay xx

Julie Short said...

I can't wait to get my hands on a Gelli Plate Dani and the splash inks look pretty fabulous too! You know the randomeness of your designs are absolutely perfect to my way of thinking.
Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog this morning.
I certainly hope the weather stays calmer for you for your Birthday weekend away. T do think you should pack your umbrella though. The weather forecast is not good and if the animals know anything they are all going a bit crazy here.

Zella said...

Love the mix of colors - very neat!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

endless possibilities here Dani, I can see you pairing this up with your great colored images, and magic will be happening!!