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Adventures in Home Made Gelli

July 29, 2017



This week I decided to take a break from painting to make monotype prints on a gelli plate.  My idea required that I go bigger than the 3x5 plate that I had. Since gelli plates are a bit expensive, I decided to try my hand at making one from a recipe I found on the internet.  I should mention that I altered the recipe just a bit...I added a little more gelatin than the original recipe.


The original recipe can be found on:



Below are a couple of the monotypes I was able to pull from my gelli.  


Here is the recipe I used:

2  bottles of Glycerin 6 oz each.  (found at CVS)

2 Boxes of Knox Gelatin, All 8 packages

1 and a half cups of boiling water

A medium size pan to mold the Gelli in.  


At first go I used an 8 x11 glass pan but realized that the home made gelli was too thin because it was developing tears.  So melted it down and used an 8x8 glass cake pan. Thicker plates are less likely to tear.

Removing the bubbles from a melted down gelli.


General Instructions:

-First mix all 8 packages of gelatin and the 2 bottles of glycerine together in a heat safe bowl.

-Next, slowly mix in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water stirring until all the gelatin is melted. -Work gently to keep bubbles to a minimum. 

-Carefully pour the liquid gelli into your mold.  

-You can remove any stray bubbles with a spoon or paper towel while the mix is still loose and warm.  

-Let set till firm and no longer sticky, no need to refrigerate. 

-Loosen the edges with a butte knife to carefully remove from to mold and print away! 

-Store between two plastic place mats.  If your gelli develops tears, which commonly happens, just microwave it to a liquid and pour it back into the mold to set again.  


I really love the way you can get layers and texture with monotype prints.  That's all there is to it!  Happy printing!

Monotype print "Forest" Available on home goods and prints at Fine Arts America. 




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