In today’s post I will be reviewing; Gelli Arts; Gel Printing Plate
- Manufacturer/Brand; Gelli Arts
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- RRP at time of writing: £20 for 6 x 6″ plate
Reason For Buying
I had been on the fence about this product since I first saw it. I loved the art being made with it, I just had some concerns so I waited to see how people got on with it. Then the temptation got too much and I HAD to have one.
- Easy to use
- Versatile, each piece of art is unique so you don’t get board.
- Easy to clean
- Easy to store
- Doesn’t smell
- The 6×6 is an affordable price to try it out.
- Available in a range of sizes to suit your pocket or your project.
- As of 2014 also available in a round plate
- A downside is that I would like the larger plates to give options of making book covers, but they get expensive in the larger sizes.
Not a real con, just a warning that it is addictive and you will want to collect vast numbers of stencils
Excellent, neither greasy nor slippery, it’s a joy to use and the fact it has resealable packaging to store it in, is superb. Treat it nicely as per instruction on the packing and its said to last years. At the time of writing they have been manufactured for two years and they have had no reports yet of failures. (I asked this question directly of the makers).
The makers have an excellent video tutorial on how to use/clean the product and were very helpful when I contacted them for advice.
Value for Money
For the versatility, and ease of use excellent.
Would I buy it Again?
Totally. I would replace my 6 x 6″ plate if it expired, and would love a larger plate for using with larger prints to turn into book covers.
As I suspected this plate is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. If you love mixed media art and have seen the prints created using these plates, then you are likely to love this plate. My advice is get a 6 x 6″ one if you work A6, or ATC sort of sizes or just to try out the concept to see if you like it. If you are still on the fence, how about taking a class in your local craft shop, so you can get some hands on experience to see if you like it.
One thing though, if the class plate has a smell, it is likely to be from their paints, not the plate! Certainly in the UK the plates are sometimes bundled with Daler Rowney’s System 3 Acrylic paint. I found System 3 smell overpowering to the extent it gave me a headache. It was also the reason I didn’t re-home a used plate from Ebay.
I took a leap of faith because I loved the art being made with these plates and I wasn’t disappointed, LOVE my Gelli plate and wouldn’t be without it now. Just try it, it’s so much fun!
To find out more product details, and size options, please visit the Gelli Arts website below.
Gelli Arts Website
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon
If you were wondering what my concerns were, prior to purchasing, I’ll be writing a separate post relating to that.