Left: Briana Goetzen demonstrates using stencils with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Local artist and creativity coach Briana Goetzen was on hand at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective's October 2013 meeting to demonstrate using the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. You can see photos from the evening and a discussion of the event on group coordinator Suzanne Hughes' blog Suzanne I Am at the link provided. Go check it out.
Following Briana's demonstration attendees were able to try out the plates for themselves. It was a fantastically fun evening. If you weren't able to attend you can watch a short video Briana made about using the Gelli Arts Printing Plate here.
If you have an art group that meets regularly you might want to consider an evening of making monoprints with this plate as a group. A lot of cross-polination can happen and new approaches can be discovered.
If you'd like to see what I've been doing with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate you can click on that category in my blog's category cloud. I find the resultant prints great for collage and for journal page backgrounds for pen and gouache sketches. (You can push your journal right onto the plate to print directly on a page spread, or you can even pick up the plate and press it down into your journal.) My 2013 fake journal is filled with prints made on the Gelli Arts Printing Plate. I love this art tool. And I really enjoy seeing how different artists use it to create such varied results.