Thursday, April 21, 2016

Unboxing the NEW Gelli® Student Printing Kit!

We're so excited about the new Gelli Arts® Student Printing Plate Kit!! Watch this video to see the 'unboxing' — and a few fun printing ideas!


We know that many of you love Gelli® printing as a family activity — making art together. It's always exciting to hear about the special FUN time you share, printing with kids, grandchildren, family members and friends of all ages. And to help facilitate those happy times, we've put together the convenient kit you've been asking for!


The Student Kit contains a 5˝x5˝ Student Gelli plate, a brayer, and 2 geometric patterned stencils — designed to kickstart the joy of monoprinting! Just add your favorite acrylic paint and some copy paper and you're good to go! Here's what's in the box:


For all of you moms, dads, grandparents and relatives who have been sharing your Gelli plates with the kids — this Gelli® Kit is the perfect gift! A Gelli plate, brayer and stencils of their own! And we know that Gelli printing instills creative confidence in budding artists.


What makes monoprinting with kids so special is that it's so easy to do. And easy to clean up. But the big reveal — when the print is pulled —  is a magical moment!  Always a thrill!



Creating designs in wet paint on a gel plate has endless possibilities. Gelli printing provides great opportunities for discovering how colors work together and exploring mark-making.


The process invites a curious and open mind. Just look around — textures are everywhere!

Some favorites are bubble wrap, jar lids of various sizes (perfect for circles), pencil erasers, doilies, feathers, leaves, and string. For more great ideas, check out our earlier blog post — Gelli printing with DIY & Found Textures.


Small toy trucks with textured wheel treads — as seen through the eyes of a Gelli printer — become perfect patterned rollers! So take them for a test drive!


There's something so playful about the Gelli Student plate — you'll start seeing the printing possibilities in all sorts of small toys! Just be sure to wash them off before the paint dries :)

Look at some of the simple textured toys I found at the dollar store! Jackpot!!


Who doesn't love printing from nature! Leaves are a favorite — their detailed and delicate textures make the most beautiful ghost prints. And the shapes create dynamic masks. Nature provides some of the most exciting found materials for printmaking!





When printing items with fine details, like leaves and feathers — place them vein-side down into the paint for the best prints. That's where the texture is more prominent. You can pull an almost photographic ghost print!




Also, you'll find that thinner paper is easier to 'feel' around the edges of leaves on the first 'mask' prints. That's when you get the solid shape. Pulling that first print on an existing print or interesting paper always looks great. And layering a print with masked leaf shapes creates the most wonderful abstract quality.




There really are no mistakes! Have a print that isn't quite there yet? Print another layer right over it! Or add doodles, or collage. Or cut it up and use the snippets in various papercrafting projects! Endless uses!

If you like manipulating images in photo-editing software — nature prints make wonderful subjects! Here are a few prints I Photoshopped to increase the color saturation. Love those intense vibrant hues!



The paints used in the video demo are DecoArt's Americana and Dazzling Metallics. A little bit goes a long way! Mixing metallic colors with matte colors adds a nice glimmery touch and can add interest to prints.



Cutting copy paper in half gives you a perfect size paper for printing on the Student Plate! In addition to using copy paper — it's fun to use found papers, like old book pages, sheet music and other patterned papers. Your unique Gelli printed papers are great for any papercrafting project!




A Gelli® Student Gel Printing Plate Kit is like a party in a box! Open it up and let the fun begin!!

It's a beautiful thing to give the gift of fun and creativity — so keep the Gelli Kit in mind for birthday parties and other festive events! But really, who needs a special occasion? A Gelli printing party makes ANY day special!!




THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Winner is Art Educator M. Smith!!

One lucky winner will receive a set of THREE Gelli Student Kits — and the following supplies — ready for a Gelli Printing Party!!! So perfect for sharing the big WIN!!


The Gelli® Printing Party Pack Prize includes:

To enter the giveaway, click on the red "ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE" button below! (This will ensure that we can contact the winner and that entries are limited to one per person. One winner will be selected from all the entries via a random number generator to receive this very special giveaway!) Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, April 26th at noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Wednesday, April 27th at noon EST



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!


Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli retailer near you!


Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

NEW Gelli® Student Kit & the Perfect Project — Dahlia Flower Wreath!

Introducing the NEW GelliArts® Student Printing Plate Kit — Kids will love using it — Moms (and Dads) will love the results!! 
You can find additional fun papercrafting projects on our new GelliArts® page dedicated to Gelli® print projects for kids — Check it out!

Watch our new GelliArts® Student Printing Plate Kit in action and then try out the perfect Spring project below: A Dahlia Flower Wreath with Gelli® Prints!


Dahlia Flower Wreath with Gelli® Prints
Regina again! Back with another fun project for your finished Gelli® prints: a dahlia flower wreath. Spring is finally here! Doesn’t that just conjure up images of gorgeous flowers swaying in the warm breeze? Here’s your chance to enhance that Spring beauty by creating this wreath from your Gelli® prints! This project is super easy to create and if you have any little helping hands around, let them participate in this activity to help it go a little quicker!



Go ahead and grab nine 8.5” x 11” finished prints. I chose to use similar color prints. My pink, red, orange, and blue prints created the overall color scheme that I was looking to achieve.


Now, cut the nine prints in fourths. Here is where my paper cutter was a nice bonus because it made this step go really quick, but if you don’t have one of those, then just measure and cut using a ruler and scissors. The measurement of each section should now be 4.25” x 5.5” and there should be thirty-six rectangular prints.


I chose to add a little bit more pizazz to my wreath by trimming all of the edges of my prints with my Nicole Quality Value Wavy Cut scissors. I completed this step after cutting my prints in fourths. This step is optional and you can use any type of decorative scissors.


Put your prints aside, we will come back to them! Now, grab your recycled cardboard and cut out a 6.5” circle. You can use a pencil compass or something circular to trace in order to get that circle just right!


Once you have your cardboard and your prints all ready, you can begin creating your wreath. First, decide what order, if any, you would like your prints to be in and arrange them that way so you don’t forget. You will be creating three layers: the largest layer will require sixteen 4.25” x 5.5” prints, the middle layer will require twelve 4.25” x 5.5” prints, and the top layer will require eight 4.25” x 5.5” prints.


Roll your 4.25” x 5.5” print into a cone shape and put a thin line of hot glue along the inside edge of your print as you are closing it up. Rolling the print may take a couple of practice rounds before getting it right and adding the glue. Continue to do this with all sixteen prints for your largest layer. They may start to look like ice cream cones!


Having the pointed parts of your cone meet in the center, use a dab of hot glue to arrange your prints onto the precut cardboard circle.



Create the cone shape with all twelve prints for the second layer and attach them on top of the largest layer using hot glue. You may need to trim these prints in order for them to fit. I grouped these prints by three making it easier to create a pattern as I placed them onto the first layer.


Complete the dahlia flower wreath by rolling your last eight prints into cone shapes and then laying them into the center section in a crisscross “X” pattern. You should definitely have to trim these prints in order for them to fit because they should all meet in the middle. I cut off a “V” shape so that these eight cones would still have a nice point at the center.


I then added a large decorative bead to the center of the wreath, but you could add anything you’d like in the center to give your wreath that finished look!


You could use this project as a wreath on your door or as a wall decoration! If you give it a try, we’d love to see your results!





Here are the materials used to create this project:

            • Recycled cardboard
            • Nine finished Gelli® prints
            • Paper cutter or Scissors and ruler
            • Decorative edge scissors
            • Hot glue gun
            • Decoration for center

Have fun and happy printing!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gelli® Printing on Sheer Fabrics!

Enhance your art by adding a layer of monoprinted sheer fabric, such as organza or habotai silk! Watch this video demonstrating useful tips and mark-making inspiration for Gelli® printing on sheer fabrics!


Layering Gelli® printed sheer fabrics as a collage element can add depth to your artwork. Whether you work on journal pages, cards, canvas, fabric collage, art quilts, watercolors, or mixed media — adding your own translucent monoprinted fabric gives it a different look!


Printing on sheer fabrics is fun and easy — and here are a few tips that should help ensure good results.

Stabilizing sheer fabric before printing is a step I definitely recommend — it makes the flimsy fabric easy to handle. Adding a backing to sheer fabric also keeps the paint from seeping through and making a mess on your hands.


Ironing fabric onto the shiny side of freezer paper is a great way to stabilize fabric for printing.

TIP:  Palette paper is similar to freezer paper — so if you prefer working with flat, pre-cut paper — you can iron your fabric to that instead.


But some sheer fabrics, such as synthetic organza, aren't always considered iron-friendly.

With that in mind, I did some testing and can report success in ironing this type of fabric onto freezer paper with my iron set on 'Silk' and also as high as the ‘Wool’ setting — with the fabric covered with a protective piece of parchment paper.

It's worth experimenting! Just make sure you iron over a sheet of parchment paper — and that the iron does NOT touch the freezer paper directly.


TIP:  Sheer fabrics tend to fray, so keep an eye out for those stray threads and remove them. They'll show up in your prints!


Printing on stabilized sheer fabrics is as easy as printing on paper! For information about printing on a silk habotai scarf — take a look here.


This time, my intent for printing on sheer fabric is to use it as a veil layer over another substrate, creating an interesting effect. The paint I'm using in the video is Jacquard Textile paint — on a 12˝x14˝ Gelli® plate. Cuts of sheer fabrics have been ironed onto Blick 9˝x12˝ Palette paper to stabilize it.


Unless you plan to launder your fabric, any acrylic paint should work well. Many paints have an impact on the 'hand', or feel of the fabric and make it stiffer. But some fabric paints, like Jacquard Textile Paint, leave the fabric with a nice soft hand.

TIP:  These paints can discolor the Gelli® plate — so to clean it, just wipe the plate with baby oil and then wash it with dish soap (like Dawn) —then rinse with water and pat dry with a paper towel. Totally clean!!


Your mark-making options are the same for fabric as for Gelli® printing on paper, so use your favorite methods and texture tools to create your designs.


I've been playing with a super fun mark-making material — compressed sponges! — and having so much fun cutting it into different shapes. The sponge material is about 1/8 inch thick and seems similar to cardboard. You can draw a design on it as a cutting guide — or cut freehand. Use sharp scissors or a craft knife to cut the compressed sponge material.


 Once you've cut out a shape — place the compressed sponge in a shallow dish of water — and watch it expand! Squeeze out the excess water and it's ready to use!


If you don't have compressed sponges, no problem! You can use ordinary household sponges. These are great for basic shapes, but can be more challenging to cut designs with precision. The larger hole patterns in regular sponges make fabulous texture patterns!


To print, apply the paint to your Gelli® plate and roll into a thin layer with a brayer.

Press a sponge onto the painted gel surface to stamp your design. The sponge will remove paint from the plate. The holes in the sponge imprint the coolest texture in the paint!

Create additional designs with your favorite texture tools! In this print, I used a Colour Shaper to draw lines in the paint.


You'll see in the video that I cover the sponge with the lid of an old CD case and press onto the painted plate. That keeps the stamping even — while keeping my fingers (and fingerprints!) out of the paint when squishing the sponge. It's totally optional.


Cover the painted Gelli® plate with a piece of stabilized sheer fabric. Rub to transfer the paint and pull your print.

When the print is dry, simply peel the fabric off of the stabilizing backing — it releases easily.


Rinse your sponges out before the paint dries and they're good to reuse over and over. When your clean sponge dries out, it'll shrink a bit and stiffen. But watch it rehydrate nicely when dunked in water!


Printed sheer fabrics are wonderful for layering over collage, or text— and other papers, like sheet music, maps, ephemera, simple drawings, or other Gelli® prints. You can adhere the sheer fabric with matte medium — or your favorite collage adhesive.


Or, you can use a thin fusible adhesive, such as Pellon Style 807- Wonder-Web® Fusible Web with No Backing. Fusible are great when you don’t want to use wet adhesive. The bond is instant and there’s no drying time or buckling.


To fuse — protect your ironing surface with a piece of parchment paper. Then place your substrate on the parchment paper. Lay the fusible adhesive on your substrate and cover with the printed sheer fabric. Cover the whole thing with another piece of parchment paper — and press with an iron to fuse — using the manufacturer's recommended heat setting.


There's so much creative potential using sheer monoprinted fabrics to create layers in your artwork! Once you print on sheer fabrics you'll find so many exciting ways to use it!


Also — you can layer the sheer prints together to get awesome effects! Especially cool when layering a first pull with its ghost, out of register. I took these photos of some layered combinations before fusing the fabrics to various substrates. Now I can use those pictures to create other images! Try it!!




THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

And now for our Very Special Giveaway!! 
A complete kit for monoprinting on sheer fabrics 
using sponge techniques!

One lucky winner's prize kit will include:


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts or #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli retailer near you!


Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

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