DIY Gelatin Plate & Prints!

Happy Friday, another rainy day, well it has been dry up until this week so I’m not complaining! Yesterday I played! I made my own gelatin plate inspired buy the expensive Gelli Plates that everyone on the “net” have been using. The two problems with those are: 1. They are expensive and 2. The stores around here don’t carry them. What’s a girl to do? Oh yeah, maker her own! And you can too, here’s the video!

True to from I liked the prints I pulled after I turned off the camera much better! Here are some still shots, here is the example with ribbon I pressed on the plate, look at the texture, it’s almost like a photo. I need to try this with leaves and plants!

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This one was rubber bands! AKA “Elastics” LOL! (only one person will get that joke ha ha!) The little tag on the side was done with a mesh lemon bag.

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I like this because it was printed 3 times with different colors. I keep printing on a paper until I am happy with it!

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I mainly used stencils in my experiments today but you can use so many things, you can press cheese cloth, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, crinkled paper, yarn, twine, leaves, feathers and a myriad of this into the plate for texture. You can draw on the plate, paint on it with brushes and scrape soft tools (like silicone cooking tools) across the inked surface. UK MaryAnne has a great post about making your own tools on her blog that you should see too. Oh the creative possibilities this opens up! I know what i am doing on this rainy day! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy craftng!

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49 Responses

  1. Love this!!!!! I look forward every day to your blog and this is great! Because of you i am back to my crafting!

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  2. I am heading to the store to do my weekly shopping and that big box of Knox gelatin will be in my basket. Thank you for sharing. I have been interested in this kind of printing for some time now. Didn’t want to spend the money for the plate. It’s to bad I will be gone for the weekend because I want to play now. Love your videos and all of your endless tips and ideas. Thank you!

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  3. Have put gelatine on my shopping list! Thanks for a fab vid, and inspiration!

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  4. ah love the gelli plate Lindsay – well done!!

    I actually have recipe for a permanent one which we used when I was infant class teaching, back in the olden days šŸ˜€

    .. it has gelatine and glycerine, and something else in it (cant remember off hand) in it and does not need refrigerating and lasts for years..it was called a jelly pad, and we made stencils straight into class books with them, was put in a lamington slice tin, but works on same principal.

    I must do a post on it for you and give the recipe, I am pretty sure I still have it along wit my playdough recipe somewhere…

    I dont have your paint selection or many masks (have two) otherwise would have done it by now šŸ˜€ love Shaz in oz.x

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  5. Thanks for that video, Lindsay I read so many blogs referencing gelli plates, now I know what they’re talking about. It does look messy and fascinating, the delight of discovering what works.

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  6. Lindsay –

    Thanks for an excellent video. I’ve been eyeing the new Gelli plates, but just couldn’t bring myself to pay what they wanted for it. Your solution is just perfect!

    Elaine Allen

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  7. My mom used to make something like this before copy machines were really available. It was purple, used a mimeograph paper sheet and made purple copies. This is very interesting what you have done. I’m just wondering how you store it and how long it will keep. Also, can it be made in a regular 9×13″ baking pan, and does it come out of the mold easily. Thanks.

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    • Yes it is, a hectograph it is called! It comes right out of the pan, I just slid a butter knife along the edged and genltly lifted one corner and out it plopped;)

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  8. JSo cool!! Just wondering why a silicone mat wouldn’t serve as a plate?? Haven’t tried it, may just to see what happens. BTW–our Mennonite bulk store sells plain gelatin in bulk…might be cheaper than the packets for those who could buy from a similar type store.

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    • it might work but paint and ink beads up on sillicone (think of sillicone stamps vs polymer clear stamps) so it would not take the paint/ink as well and it is not as squishy as the gelatin.

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  9. Thanks for a great video and tip for making a fairly inexpensive gelli plate! I can see that I would need a ream of cardstock on hand once I got going.

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  10. OK. I live under a rock. I’ve never heard of this! I can’t wait to try it. One question: can you post some cards/projects you make with the prints. I make cool backgrounds, but then I’m hesitant to use them. I’m just unsure of what would look right. I’d love to see what you come up with. Lindsay, you are one of the most creative people I “know.” Thanks for sharing your work so generously.

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    • Thanks Lisa, I am hoping to have a card or something done tomorrow to post as well as an update video;)

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  11. Hey Lindsay,
    I know I won’t do this, so thanks for showing it and having so much fun!!!

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  12. I have been wanting one of these too, gelatin is on my grocery list for next week! How do you store it? Will it dry out? Will it mold up? Thanks for all your great ideas and enthusiasm! ~Diane

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    • Hi Diane, it will last a couple of weeks but I got to experimenting and made a batch replacing half the water with rubbing alcohol and glycerin and it made a more plasticy plate that will not mold, I’ll update on this tomorrow!

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  13. Thumbs up Lindsay….I LOVE my 6″ x 6″ Gelli Plate…perfect for card making!!! I lucked up and got mine on sale. Yes, it is addictive, and so much fun! You used things I would never have thought of – thanks for the inspiration!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  14. I love that ribbon print! Who’d a thunk it? šŸ™‚ All your prints are fab and thanks for the shout-out on my tool making. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with. Your plate looks great and I’ll be checking back (well heck I do most days anyway, sooooo….) to see how long a home made plate lasts. If the UK fridges weren’t so TINY I would be tempted to make one myself, but the family’s gotta eat….

    šŸ˜€

    MA

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  15. Can’t wait for the updated recipe! You rock girl! Your posts make my day.

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  16. This gelatin block is brillant. Your prints and stencils are awesome. Im in love with about a dozen of those prints. Im seeing a Girl Scout meeting using this block fo make cards for hospitalized kids or soldiers while having a science experiment. Fun!

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    • Hi Lala the next video is more sciency, we turn the gelatin into plastic by adding a plasticizer (alcohol + glycern) and heat for a permanent plate!

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      • Hi I’ve noticed on a recent update that the permanent recipe for the Gelli Plate excluded the alcohol. Any reason why??? Desperate to have a go and make one but could only get gelatin sheets too!

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        • the alcohol made it shrink and it is more durable with glycerin only. Replace the amount of alcohol with glycern. Skip the alcohol:)

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          • Thanks so much for coming back to me. Made a small one this evening excluding the alcohol and adding sugar and used whole pack of glycerine sheets 17g. That was a couple hours ago and has set solid already but won’t get it out till tomorrow pm. Will double the quantities and melt down the small one and add to it. Will let you know how it works

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  17. Thanks so much for showing this!!! I’ve been wanting to make my own gelli plate for awhile now…thanks for showing a bunch of awesome ideas!
    I don’t scrapbook anymore…(though that is how my mixed media artist path started). I mostly paint…anyways, I mention it because I save & use the paper towels I clean my brushes & pallette knives on in my mixed media pieces. I wonder if you could use paper towels (even the cheaper rough ones) instead of the scrap paper to pull the trial prints? It could also give you some texture too. Also, once the cardstock is dry do you print on the other side? I saw how fast you were printing & that you weren’t always satisfied with the prints, so I wondered if you printed both sides & just decided which one you liked best later.
    Thanks so much!!! I love your blog & your videos…I am so scared to do videos & I love how you just talk to “us” & share your enthusiasm.

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    • Thnk you for the sweet comment! I usually do not print on both sides but I keep printing over my lame prints until I like them. You can print on anything, paper towels, coffee filters, fabric, cardstock, typing paper, etc. Go ahead and try it! I willl post a video this weekend on making a permanent jelli plate, I just put the video up last night on youtube, that way you don’t need to toss it after a couple of weeks, you can keep it!

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  18. Would a vegan gelatin like agar work? I don’t have any other kind….

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  19. I have always wanted to try this so now I will. One question….is there any kind of fixative you can put on the paper after the print is dry so it will preserve it better? I’m so inspired!!!!!

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    • you don’t need to fix it, you are using permanant acrylic paint, it will be fine, like a painting;)

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  20. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that
    I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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  21. I also stumbled on your Blog as I’ve been interested in making a Gelli plate. Have followed your instructions and am actually waiting for it to set! How long does it last, and can you remelt it and re-make it more than once? Many thanks.

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    • if you used the updated recipe (half glycern half water and no alcohol) it should last indefinitely and yes you can remelt it and repour it:)

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    • Hi Shirl I would leave it to set for 24 hours in the fridge and then maybe a little bit more in normal temps. Then it’s ready to go. If you feel the mud is too “wet” add more gelatin and perhaps more salt too. Gelatin consistency may differ across countries so it is trial and error. Work you plate till it’s too damaged to keep it going and melt it down again on the stove or in the microwave and start again. Maine is still going after a couple of weeks. Have fun! Bx

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  22. I’m confused as I’ve seen several “updated recipes” here. If you wouldn’t mind, would you post the non-alcohol version (with quantities). It would be helpful and cost effective to not have to start over.
    Tks so much

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    • 7 packets of gelatin (6Tablespoons)
      mix into:
      1.5 cups glycerin
      then add:
      1.5 cups boiling water and pour it into a shallow pan to set.

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      • I just watched yours and another on making the gelli plates, very cool idea for any print making, first recipe you had alcohol, what is the purpose of putting it in if you can make it with out it? Just trying to get clear understanding, thanks Marci

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        • I used alcohol as a mold retardant and the glycerin as a preservative but it is better to not use alcohol:)

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  23. Love, Love, Love your videos-and your permanent gelli plate information. I made one in an 8×10 pan, but it didn’t set up right (we are in our humid monsoon season here in AZ..??) so I plopped it into a pyrex pitcher and melted it down. Then I added more gelatin, glycerine, and alcohol. I mixed the alcohol and glycerine in another cup before adding to the hot brew-and actually greased the pan with what was clinging to the sides of the cup. I poured it into an 8×8 biscut pan-and miracle! It is just firm enough and just the right size for small projects. I am making prints for A5 card fronts right now. I was having so much fun that I had my hubby sit in my Creative Cave and watch. He was especially impressed when I told him how much money I saved by making the plate with items I already had in the house. THANK YOU so much!!
    PS: The hardest part of making it was 1. keeping dust particles and dog hair/bird feathers that become airborne from settling on the plate while it was setting up. I finally covered it with a glass plate over the pan and kept wiping of the condensed moisture so it wouldn’t rain on the plate and 2. NOT unmolding it before it was ready. I am such a kid!

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  24. Finally I found everything !!
    I bought : 12 bottles of glycerin, 1 pound of gelatin and I made 1 gelli plate !!! LOL It was easy and I am having a lot of fun !
    Thank you

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  25. Hi Lindsay,

    I made the diy gelli plate but the paper does not pick up the paint. how can i fix that? I followed the recipe with alcohol-
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Regards
    Latifa

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