Despite having limited time, I did manage to try something new with my plate. I was inspired by a fantastic instructional video on the Gelli blog that showed me how to make stamps with craft foam. Yesterday, I kinda went nuts and made ten 8 x 10 stamps using heavy foam as the backing and thin, stick-on foam for the designs. Here they are all clean and new.
As I played around with each stamp, I learned that these work best with a very thin coat of paint. I also learned to keep inking and pulling until the design is completely gone. To my delight, I was able to pull up all kinds of layers and colors for surprising effects.
These circle prints are my favorite, especially the two on the right. Both were created by using extremely thin layers of paint over previously pulled designs, kind of a lightly re-inked ghost print.
I use deli paper to soak up excess paint on both the plate and the stamp. The result is a stack of beautiful, tissue-like prints that look gorgeous when layered in collage.
I can't wait to play with all my new papers. Not sure what I will create, but I know I'll have fun!