The image shows some of the backgrounds I’ve made using a Speedball Brayer, a Gelli Arts Gelli Plate, white card and Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Inks.
I’ve been taking a little break from the work for the A Dangle a Day book, a change freshens up the creative part of my mind.
The process is quite simple.
- Press the oxide ink down onto the Gelli plate.
- Use the brayer to spread the ink over the Gelli plate. The Gelli plate acts as a blending mat.
- Use the brayer to add ink to the white card. I find it helpful to have just printer paper under the card and to move the brayer from the paper onto the card.
- Build up layers of inks until you’re happy with the look. Using one colour of ink you can quite easily build up an ombre background.
- Spray or dot water onto the paper and let the inks ‘oxidise’ if you wish.
I clean the brayer off on the copy paper between inks. I also use the copy paper to lift off any residual ink from the Gelli plate between different ink colours. Sometimes, I dab the Gelli plate with a baby wipe and then use copy paper to clean the plate, especially if the residual ink and the new ink will make a nasty brown sludgy colour. In this instance, I wipe the brayer with a baby wipe and then clean and dry it on copy paper too.
Sometimes, the copy paper becomes a beautiful background paper too, so I store those away for future use, sometimes.
I’m going to scan some of these backgrounds in to use as backgrounds to my digital art, but then I’m going to draw on them. I’m using quite a few in my Sketchbook Project sketchbook for 2018.