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About Gelli Arts

Gelli Arts is a renowned brand known for its innovative gel printing plates that revolutionise the art of printmaking. At the heart of the brand is the Gelli Plate, a durable and reusable printing surface made of non-toxic materials. These plates have a unique gel-like consistency that allows artists to create stunning monoprints with ease. With their smooth texture and responsive surface, Gelli Plates are perfect for experimenting with various printing techniques, including layering, stamping, and stenciling. They provide a versatile and intuitive platform for artists of all skill levels to unleash their creativity and produce vibrant, one-of-a-kind prints.

In addition to their flagship product, Gelli Arts offers a range of complementary tools and accessories designed to enhance the printing experience. These include brayers, texture tools, and printing kits, all crafted with the same commitment to quality and innovation. The brand's dedication to providing artists with high-quality materials and resources for exploring the art of printmaking has made Gelli Arts a trusted name in the creative community. Whether used for personal enjoyment, educational purposes, or professional projects, Gelli Arts products inspire artists to push the boundaries of traditional printmaking and discover new possibilities for artistic expression.

What Is A Printing Plate?

A printing plate, in the context of printmaking, is a flat, typically rectangular surface onto which an image is transferred for printing. Printing plates can be made from various materials, including metal, wood, plastic, or even rubber. The image is usually created on the surface of the plate using various techniques such as etching, engraving, or lithography. Once the image is transferred onto the plate, it is inked, and paper is pressed onto the plate to create a print. Printing plates are essential tools in traditional printmaking processes, allowing artists to reproduce their images in multiples.

Chine collé is a printmaking technique that involves adhering thin, delicate paper (often Japanese or Chinese rice paper) to a heavier paper or print surface during the printing process. The term "chine collé" is derived from the French words for "chine" (thin paper) and "coller" (to glue or adhere). In chine collé, the thin paper is typically pre-moistened and coated with adhesive before being carefully placed onto the printing plate. As the print is pulled, the pressure from the printing press causes the thin paper to bond with the heavier paper or print surface, resulting in a unique layered effect. Chine collé allows artists to incorporate delicate textures, colours, and patterns into their prints, enhancing the visual interest and complexity of the final artwork. It is often used in combination with other printmaking techniques to achieve nuanced and intricate results.