In my last blog post, I talked about how to manage my two studios. One idea was to invest in duplicates of my most used tools. Some of these tools are my Gelli Arts printing plate and Speedball brayers, so I purchased a second set yesterday. I wanted to play with my new tools but not worry too much about the outcome, so I decided to decorate envelopes. If I didn’t like the way they turned out, I could always use them to pay my bills.
I started by cutting 3″ Post-It notes in half and sticking them to the center front of the envelopes. That preserved the white address space.
Next, I got out my Gelli plate, brayers, acrylic paints, and stencils (some hand-cut, others purchased from Stencil Girl Products). I started by adding some paint to the Gelli plate and then rolling it out into a smooth layer using a brayer. I placed the envelope face down on the plate, placed a clean piece of scrap paper on top, and rolled a clean brayer over all of it to transfer the paint. I cleaned the plate and then added a second paint color to the plate. This time after rolling on the paint, I laid a stencil over the paint and then placed the envelope on top (and the scrap paper) and ran the clean brayer over it all. This process left an interesting pattern as the top layer with the first paint layer showing through the stencil gaps. I sometimes printed a third stencil layer as well. I repeated the process on the back of the envelopes.
The Back Side of the Envelopes