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Mix and Match Pieces

For today's project I used my Gel Press plate to create multiple coordinating pieces.  My first thought when I chose to use a plastic gear to create texture on my plate was to create something industrial.  But I chose three different green paints and the end result looks almost like camouflage to me!  So I may use them to create a Memorial Day decoration instead.

I have added Gel Press plate backgrounds to a chipboard block, an ATC, an envelope and two sheets of card stock.  The patterns look very different depending on how much paint is on the plate.  



First, the pieces.  Cover the Gel Press plate liberally with paint.  I used a brayer, but you could use an old credit card, a palette knife or even your fingers...anything without sharp edges.


You will notice that most of the sides of the block have white space.  These cubes are hollow so it wasn't always possible to get enough pressure to completely cover the side.  Don't worry!  We can work with that.  The little plastic wheel is from a tape runner. You can find objects to create texture on your gel plate in all sorts of places.





Now, how about those white spots?  You could grab a paint brush and fill it in with more of the same paint you originally used, but I chose Gelatos to enhance the painted background.



My favorite tool for applying Gelatos to smooth surfaces is my fingertip.  I rub my finger over the pigment and then apply it to the paper.  Color in as much or as little of the white as you like.







Black and white card stocks give a different type of look, as well.


There wasn't a lot of paint left on the Gel Press plate but I pressed a rubber stamp onto the surface and came up with this pattern.


This piece is the front of an envelope.  Use a label to add the address if you're mailing it.




Supplies Used:
Gel Press plate, large
Acrylic Paint
Gelatos
Brayer
Blocks
Rubber Stamps to label your ATCs






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