Get a piece of Plexiglas and place the Gelli Plate on top of it. I will say that I was hesitant to flip it over, but it worked. The Gelli Plate will stick to the Plexiglas and since the Plexiglas is clear you can see where you're going to stamp your print.
After covering the plate with paint, I added a stencil and flipped it over directly onto my art journal page which had previously been covered with gesso.
(Detailed supplies used at bottom of post)Depending on the stencil, the Pink Paislee Doodle Stencil has a lot of intricate design, which meant I had to apply more pressure when stamping the plate. But other than that, the other stencils worked great.
I will use the Plexiglas as a base whenever I use my Gelli Plate, whether I use it as a stamp or not. I'm storing the Plexiglas with the Gelli Plate in the clear storage container it came in. Works out great. (Note, I do NOT leave the Gelli Plate on the Plexiglas when not using it.)
Now what to do with those two pages. For some reason, I am thinking flowers, green grass and blue skies - probably because we are having temperatures in the 60's and then it's supposed to drop to a high in the low 20's. That will make anyone wish for spring time colors, right?
With that in mind, I dabbed on Salty Ocean Distress Paint, misted with water and distributed it using a brush. Next I used my Dylusions Ink Sprays, spritzing the upper part of the pages with the different blues, misting with water and after turning the journal this way and that, used a brush to add swirls (and cover the area I wanted covered). I did the same thing on the bottom of the pages using Distress Paints and Dylusions Ink Sprays.
And then.....another idea (not always a good thing). Remember those Light Brights I think they were called? I covered it all with black paint and not in a very pretty way. I laid my flower stencils over the still wet paint and did a stencil resist using a wet baby wipe to remove the paint through the stencil. It took several wipes and I'm still carrying the effects on my fingers :-).
I wasn't quite sure what color to do the edges and decided to try the red Gelato which I blended using a combination wet brush and finger. (It's not really mixed media art if I don't use my fingers...)
That result ended up a little too red, so I toned it down by lightly wiping along the edges with a wet (almost dry) baby wipe.
I doodled around the flowers with my white Faber-Castel marker and in some instances doodled some more with a black pen. I'm horrible at doodling. I think it's because I'm ambidextrous, I write with my right hand but can sketch and color with either right or left hand. It confuses my brain I think :-). Regardless, because I don't like my doodling, I'm more determined to do it.
Anyway, I added white stars by using Dylusions Starry Night stencil, outlining and filling in with my white marker followed by outlining with black pen.
I did the same for the border using the border part of Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil.
To finish this spread, I added rub-ons and wrote the first thing that came to mind: "No matter the darkness, there is beauty." Mental note to self, remember to think about spacing. Had to improvise on the word BEAUTY.
My journal spread, which ended up totally not as I had expected. But that is so me and your art journal should be a place to experiment, right?
The texture is wonderful just from all the Gelli Plate layers and the photos really don't do justice to the wonderful pop of color from these layers. I hope you enjoyed my journey and were inspired to try a new technique and try using your Gelli Plate as a stamp. Oohh, I just thought of something..... you could Gelli Plate stamp an old dresser maybe? Hmmmmm.....