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Unread 01-05-2017, 07:33 AM   #1
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Default I finally used my Gelli Plate!

New Year's night I was sitting at the table with my mother, and I was talking about the Gelli Plate. She's 89, and a card maker, so she was very interested in seeing it in action. I took it out and started playing with paint, stencils, and paper. It was so much fun, and the papers turned out great! And to think that I paid only $5 for it used in a store that was going out of business! The plate is in great shape and hardly seems used at all. Now I can't wait to use the papers on an art journaling page. I haven't made one in months!
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Yay you! Gelli plates and enthusiasm about them make me happy! Congratulations!

A hint from one of my instructors (and you may know this): If you make a print and want to use a part of it, or think it's ugly, use a cardstock viewfinder - just a little rectangular frame - to locate the best part(s).

In a gelli index card mini book class, the instructor included a paper frame in each supply kit. We used them when making a large print for the book's cover so we could isolate the best area to cut out.

But my cover was from an ugly clean-up ghost print. The instructor saw me getting ready to throw it away and insisted I use the view finder to find the magic. And it was there, just hidden amongst the blah. : )
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Thanks for the tips! I have the 6 x 6 plate, so I'll probably either tear the papers or use a die to cut out shapes. Some I'm going to leave intact for card backgrounds. That view finder sounds very useful for lots of things.
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A viewfinder can be any size; some people have many. I had one that only had a 1" opening, though not for what we do.

Second photo in this article shows one well, even though the article is about artists using them with pastels to determine what picture to compose. Looks like she could have used a corner rounder. ; )

Using A Viewfinder Can Help You Create A Better Painting
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It's soooooo much fun! And what a steal you got!!
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I framed some prints I made with stencils and hung them in my office at work. My coworkers complemented me and thought I had framed pieces of exotic silk fabric. l love that Gelli Plate!
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