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Budget-Friendly Gelli Plate Alternatives

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I experimented with printer paper, parchment paper, and watercolor paper with varying results. Note that if you use watercolor paper, the tooth of the paper prints through, giving extra texture.

I had interesting prints with stencils, as shown here:

The main drawback of fun foam is its porous nature. Although most of the paint may be cleaned off with a damp paper towel or alcohol, some of it remains and stains the plate. However if acrylic paint is used, after it dries it will not bleed onto later prints. 

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