Friday, 21 June 2013

A busy week

It's been a busy week with lots of exciting new things going on - 50 hand-made invitations with moving parts, preparation for a women's retreat tomorrow, entering a poetry competition, and writing an expression of interest for an art competition using retired library books. 

And then there was this:

This was what my floor looked like on Monday morning. Have I caved in and spent an exorbitant amount on having a Gelli-plate shipped in from the United States? 
No. I made my own!

I've done printing on a gelatine plate before but they only last for a few days and have to be kept in the fridge. But on my trawling trip through some journal page videos I found a blog post on how to make your own gelli-plate with chemicals you can buy at the pharmacy. 

Well, of course, I had to try it out. And it's simple and works beautifully! If the surface becomes damaged you can even melt it back down and re-pour. So thank you, frugal crafter

Here's the recipe:
Mix 250ml rubbing alcohol with 125ml glycerin.
Add 6tbsp powdered gelatine and stir.
Add 375ml boiling water and stir well. 
Pour into a shallow pan and leave to set.


  1. Your gelli prints look great. I saw that recipe as well and adjusted it for leaf gelatine as I'm having trouble finding powdered gelatine here in the netherlands. It works great doesn't it =)

  2. Wow Tracy, you did a lot of creative things this week!
    Thanks so much for the link to the permanent self-made gelli-plate! It's great!

  3. Visiting from AIB - great idea...I've been contemplating buying a Gelli plate but will have to give this a try first.

  4. Fabulous prints! Thanks for sharing with the party!

  5. Thanks again Tracy. I've just posted about the DIY permanent gelatin plate with a link back here!
    Stay inspired!


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