Re: Gelli Plates?
Bjames, did you ever find a solution for cleaning the Gelli plate? I have not had luck with the quick removal method shown by the experts either, but this is what works for me (removes at least 95% of many many layers of acrylic paint "crusty bits"):
1 Let the paint dry to the touch (a minute or two should be fine)
2 brayer onto the plate a medium thick layer of a thick bodied acrylic paint (Liquitex Basics is an inexpensive one that works well, but I sometimes use Golden heavy body).
3 immediately put a fresh piece of porous paper on top of the plate and press it down everywhere, especially the edges. The paper has to be unused--if there is paint or a finish on it already this technique will not work. I use cheap Blick sulphite drawing paper (which is fabulous), but plain copy paper will also work. THEN I wait for the paint to dry completely. I try to wait an hour or two but usually cave after 20 or 30 minutes (after I've cleaned and put away all the things I've been making Gelli prints with, usually), and most if not all of the paint is still lifted. The "bits" can be really spectacular, so I sometimes use a better thick paper like Stonehenge, but then I definitely wait a little longer before pulling it up to make sure it is completely dry.
Hope this helps. Good luck!