Thursday, December 5, 2019

Printing with Clear + Rubber Stamps with Gelli Arts® by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today! Have you ever tried to combine stamped images with gel printing? If not, then I'm going to show you a super fun way to incorporate not only rubber stamps, but also clear stamps with gel printing.

In this video, I'm using Post-It tape to create masks. You can substitute the tape with low tack frisket film or even regular Post-Its as long as long as you stamp part of your images on the sticky part.

Cut your mask just inside the lines of the stamped image. Cutting slightly inside will prevent the occurrence of a white border, also called a 'halo effect', around the image on the final print.

Stamping inks are safe to use on the Gelli® plate. Give it a go with the ones you already have at home. Pigment, hybrid and solvent inks are my personal favourite inks for gel printing. However, there are types of dye ink that achieve fab results too. 

I like to apply stamping ink to the Gelli® plate by tapping the ink pad directly on the plate. If you wish, you could use a brayer instead. The brayer creates a more even and sometimes subdued look.

If you do not have any stamping inks at hand, you can stamp (and gel print) with acrylic paint or water-based printing ink instead. Apply the paint to your stamp with a brayer or cosmetic sponge. Take extra care to not let any acrylic paint dry on your stamp. Clean it off right away!

Once your prints are finished, and the ink (or paint) is dry, you can remove the masks. Depending on the image you chose, you may want to enhance them with gel pens or coloured pencils. And, if you are creating cards as I did, then you can add a sentiment if you like!

Please share your gel prints with us by tagging us @GelliArts and #gelliarts - we'd love to see your stamped creations!

Happy Printing!


-Gelli Arts® 5x7" Gel Printing Plate
-Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tool

-Folded cards
-Clear and/or rubber stamps (Art by Marlene for Studio Light)
-Acrylic stamping block
-Pigment ink (Versafine Clair)
-Post-It tape
-Texture plates (Art by Marlene for Studio Light)

-Masking tape
-2" brayer
-Gel pens
-Coloured pencils
-Solvent ink (StazOn)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Gift Tag + Card Ideas From The Gelli Arts® Ninja Jr. Printmakers!

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® Blog! Today, our Ninja Jr. Printmakers are bringing you some gift tag and card ideas for this holiday season!

Gift Tags by Tuva

Tuva has made some lovely gift tags using leaves on her gel plate. She used PaperArtsy paint, Archival ink and some twine to complete the tags. 

Cards and Mini Booklet by Maisie

For our next project idea, Maisie made cards with the Gelli Arts® DIY Gel Animals kit.

Maisie first cut out a mask after tracing the included flamingo image. Then, she put some colors down on her plate and placed the mask over the gel plate and pulled a print. Maisie completed the card by drawing on some flamingo legs and wings!

Maisie turned some of these prints into a mini booklet!

Cards by Aimee

Aimee here! During this season, I really love the changing color of the leaves and that is what inspired me to make this particular print. In order to create the fall theme, I used warmer tones and also printed with a layer of gold paint on top of the initial design. I often find that there are lots of birthdays and other celebrations occurring during the fall, and creating cards using my Gelli Arts® made prints is a perfect way to incorporate crafts into gift giving, as well as to show my appreciation through something handmade. 

Cards by Paige

Paige here! You can use your gel printed papers to create fun cards for the holidays. I used my Gelli Arts® supplies to create a range of papers to use in my cards. 

My first card is a single printed paper with two layers, the first a simple coloured layer with a small amount of texture pressed in and the second a metallic paint decorated with small masks made of plastic, made with a snowflake- shaped cutter. 

My second card design was made using the same paper cutter, this time cutting the snowflake from some different printed papers and sticking them onto a piece of blank card.

My third design, a christmas tree, was made by cutting strips of paper and laying them in descending order up the card, topping them with a snowflake. 

My final card is a bauble design, which was made with a circle cutter and a silver pen, as well as the snowflakes I made earlier.

☆Gift Tags by Alisha

Our last gift tag idea is brought to you by Alisha! Watch Alisha's video below to see how she made these mixed media tags:

Thanks for stopping by! Thank you to all of our Ninja Jr. Printmakers who sent us these fabulous tag and card ideas- we hope they inspired you to create some personal, homemade greetings! 

Please share your gel printed gift ideas with us by tagging us @GelliArts + #GelliArts

Happy printing and happy holidays! ☃

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

“Somewhere Right Now” by Guest Artist + Author Mary Beggs Bosley

Hi there! It's Mary Beggs Bosley here again to share with you how I made these gel printed collages. 

Gel printed papers have been the cornerstone of my mixed media collage art for the past several years. I love how they can create unique color blends and textures that can’t be achieved any other way. I recently self-published my children’s book, “Somewhere Right Now”, utilizing many of my gel printed collages for the illustrations.

I rarely throw away any type of painted paper. And I’ve even challenged myself to create collages using leftover gel printed scraps, like this tropical bird collage that is featured in my book.

I used this ghost print to create the sea turtles pictured above. I drew on top of the print with a Micron pen and cut them out, layering them with gel printed coral atop a watercolor and salt background. This went on to become the cover of my book.

I have found that even my lightest “ghost” prints make great foundations for my artwork. I will often draw directly on top of them with fine black pen and add color with paint, pens or markers.

Another example of utilizing my ghost prints. I drew several poppies on top of this pink print and collaged them, along with stems on top of a gel printed background with additional drawn poppies.

I used various colorful gel print scraps to create these lizards, adding details with black pen and colored gel pens. Leaves were also created form gel printed papers, layered with pen drawing details.

Sometimes, the printed papers created with my Gelli® plate are so unique and colorful, they require very little in terms of added detail. Such is the case with this cut beetle artwork.

This Lorikeet was created by making a pattern to utilize gel printed scraps of rice paper, cardstock and printer paper.

My children’s book, “Somewhere Right Now” includes a variety of my artwork using gel prints

“Somewhere Right Now” parallels the daily events of a young child with the activities of animals around the world at that moment. It is available on Etsy here .

Thank you Gelli Arts®  for such amazing products to create my art to inspire others!

We are giving away one copy of Mary's book, "Somewhere Right Now" - enter below!

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Monday, December 2, 2019

PanPastel® + Gelli Arts®: Tags By Sara Ferret

Hello, Sara here! We are teaming up with PanPastel® this week to share some projects and techniques with you. Today, I am sharing how I used PanPastel® with my Gelli® plate.

Plus- read to the end to enter for a chance to win a prize pack from Gelli Arts® + PanPastel®!

How to:

1. First, create a resist drawing with a wax crayon over the tag. You can draw whatever you want. I made two examples: one with circles, the other with stars.

2. Then, I applied PanPastel® over the plate with a Sofft® sponge.

3. In order to pull a print, apply white acrylic paint over the plate with the brayer. The thinner the paint layer, the better the pull.

4. Then, with an extra layer of white paint, you can pull another print from the plate. 

5. Now you can decorate the tag! I added stamps, some Jane Davenport ink, stencils with modeling paste, and some sticker sentiments. I also stitched around the tag. I usually add sari ribbons on the top and under the sentiment stickers as well.

6. For the finishing touches, I added some paint splatters with paint markers.

Just by changing the colors of the PanPastel® used, you can get a totally different theme with your tags. You can see that one is an all occasions tag, and the other is a Christmas themed tag. 

Gelli Arts® 8" round gel printing plate
Sofft® art sponge
Wax resist sticks
White acrylic paint
INKcredible® Inks- Jane Davenport
Rubber stamps Carabelle studio -Kate Crane 
Stencils Carabelle Studio
Tim Holtz stickers- small talks and occasions
Posca Markers
Sari ribbons #sarasaris

And now... enter in our giveaway for a chance to win some awesome products from Gelli Arts® + PanPastel®!

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

PanPastel® + Gelli Arts®: Textured Landscapes by Helen O'Hara

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! Today, I am sharing with you how I made these colourful, textured landscapes using a Gelli® plate, acrylic paint and PanPastel®, along with stencils and torn paper. 

Plus- read to the end to enter for a chance to win a prize pack from Gelli Arts® and PanPastel®!

Watch my video to see a detailed look into how I created these prints:

Tip: the easiest way to remove PanPastel® from the gel plate after experimenting is to wipe the surface with baby oil. 

We’d love to see your creations with this technique! Be sure to tag us @GelliArts and #GelliArts

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Gift Cards Two Ways with Gelli Arts® & Distress Oxide Inks by Jo Lawson

Greetings Gelli Arts® creators! Jo Lawson here with my favorite new product from 2019 – distress oxide ink sprays (and, of course, the amazing Gelli® plate). 

With the year winding down, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate these versatile sprays and their stunning results on the gel plate. The soft, matte finish is beautiful, not to mention the blending you can accomplish.

For this project, I was inspired by the upcoming holiday season. I LOVE to give special gifts, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to get everyone the perfect gift. Especially with a two year old running around (not to mention being pregnant)... it is not always easy. So every now and then, a gift card to a friend or family member’s favorite restaurant, activity, or craft store, will have to do. 

That doesn’t mean it can’t be thoughtful and personal! After searching around, I found two great ways to “wrap up” the gift cards. Shout out to Sandy Allnock at Colorful Video and Pam at The Paper Outpost on YouTube for these inspiring ideas.

After gel printing to create beautiful paper backgrounds with my distress oxide ink sprays, I got to work creating the holiday inspired gift card holders, as well as a few variations for other celebrations. Use this tutorial as a guide and then make it your own! Get creative! For a list of all products used in this project, please see the materials section at the end of the post.

let’s splatter some spray…

For the best instructions, please view the video tutorial above. Below are a few extra tips.

Start by creating a few backgrounds with the oxide inks sprays on various types of paper:
- watercolor
- book pages left over from repurposed books
- old sheet music

1. Sprays oxide ink directly onto gel plate using one or more colors.
2. Use your brayer or immediately place paper down on plate, allowing the inks to blend on their own (my favorite method).
3. Let the paper dry between prints (which doesn’t take long).
4. Layer again and again. That is the beauty of gel printing! If you don’t like a print, add another layer.
5. For best results with your stencils, place the stencils on the gel plate first.
6. Spray oxide ink over and through stencil onto the plate using one or more colors – use more for some amazing blending!
7. Lift the stencil and print onto background pages.
8. Spray the oxide ink directly onto pages, along with sheer shimmer spray to give your prints an extra festive look. 

Patina pages:

Funky and festive on watercolor:

Book pages:

Holiday inspired sheet music:


Once you have a good stack of prints, it’s time to create your gift card holders.

jack + jill gift card holder:
1. Fold your book page or sheet music in half.
2. On one side, fold down corners to the center (like the start of a paper airplane), then fold them back inside to create the pockets.
3. Paste or sew the edges of the pockets.
4. Fold the entire paper in half again – voila!
5. Embellish with stamps, ephemera, stickers, tags and other special keepsakes!
6. Give or send it to someone you love!

Pop-up gift card holder:
1. Cut a solid piece of cardstock in half (4.25 x 11”).
2. Score paper at 4.5”, 5.5”, and 6.5”.
3. Hold on the score lines to create a point and use score tape to adhere the two sides together.
4. Using a decorative die cut or simple punch, cut out a space for the gift card in the center of the flap created by the fold. If needed, use scissors to cut into the fold so the gift card will fit.
5. Using your oxide ink spray background pages, mat the inside of the card and use a strip to create a “belly band”.
6. Embellish with stamps, ephemera, stickers, tags and other special keepsakes!
7. Give or send it to someone you love!

Materials for oxide ink spray background pages: 

-Gelli Arts® 4” Roller
-9”x 12” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
-Watercolor paper
-Book pages
-Old sheet music
-Distress Oxide Ink Sprays by Ranger (Tim Holtz): Peacock feathers, worn lipstick, seedless preserve, fired brick, blueprint sketch, hickory smoke, peeled paint, rusty hinge, tumbled glass, tea dye
-Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray (Sparkle) by Imagine Crafts

Materials for gift card holders:

-Scissors/Cutting Tool
-Die Cut
-2.5” Circle Punch
-Score Tape

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