So, here I am again, I’m a bit behind in keeping up with the uploading of my videos, so today I managed to do two blog posts.
Well, I wouldn’t call them blog posts as I merely explain what I do in the video, but hey, this way it is recorded on the net!
I love playing with my gelli plates from Gelli Arts. They can be a bit pricey, so I was happy to see them on sale and bought a few.
But a few years ago I had bought the supplies to make my own but never got around to making it as I had bought the commercial ones.
So the other day I decided to give it a go and make a few.
Here is the original recipe I used which I have to say, I changed later on as I was not happy with the result.
I made a total of 1 1/2 cup of gelatin for the gelli plates:
3/4 cup of glycerin
3/4 cup of boiled water
4 packages of gelatin
New recipe per cup, so you can make as many cups as you want:
1/2 cup of glycerin
1/2 cup of boiled water
5 packages of gelatin
Yes, 5 packages of gelatin for 1 cup of combined liquid, I even tried 6 packages, but so far I can’t see the difference between the 5 and 6 packages of gelatin, so I don’t think that matters al that much.
How it’s done:
Pour the glycerin in a container and sprinkle the gelatin on top, stirring gently as you go.
You will see me say gently a lot, as we don’t want air bubbles, so gently is the way to go.
In the mean time we can bring the water to a boil.
Add the water to the glycerin/gelatin mixture carefully to avoid creating bubbles, and stir gently.
Add everything to a pan, again, pour gently, I used a spoon to catch the stream of liquid before it hits the bottom of the pan, thus avoiding bubbles, and bring to a heat.
Stir and heat until the mixture is somewhat clear, this can take up to 20 – 30 minutes.
When it is ready I poured it into a variety of glasses and cups.
Place the containers on a flat and level surface and let this cool and set completely. This can take up to 3 – 4 hours.
It’s the bottom of the containers that are going to be used as the printing surface.
So it is not a big deal if the top gets a bit damaged when the gelli plate is being extracted from its containers.
The gelli plates need to be stored on a flat and non porous surface.
They don’t need to be stored in the fridge, I have them out for a few weeks already and they are just fine.
Here you see my collection of round gelli plates on a piece of plexiglass, on the bottom is a bigger gelli plate that sits on a cutting mat that I bought at a dollar store.
You might want to wait a few days with using the gelli plate until it has air dried a bit more.
I do find the home made gelli plate stickier than the commercial one, I’m not sure if that goes away in the long run.
I’ve made 2 videos about the making and later the melting and remaking of the gelli plates.
If you have any questions you can leave them in the comments below the video on YouTube.
Thank you for watching.
Till next time.