Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Book Covers by Linda Brun

Hi! Linda here and I'm so happy to share my first project on the Gelli Arts® blog.

Today I want to show you a fun and easy way to create prints that can be used for handmade books or any other project your heart desires. Make sure you check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of my blog!

I’m starting by creating backgrounds, aka the first layer, printing on a 9”x12” Gelli® printing plate.
Choose the color paint you want to use.

I’m using a piece from a cardboard box as a printing tool to create texture, here you could use a stamp or another tool, it’s all up to you.

Press the cardboard piece firmly down into the paint and lift up.

To remove excess paint from the cardboard print tool, press it on another background to create a nice pattern.

When you are happy with the texture on the Gelli® plate, press the paper down. For the book covers, I’m using scrap paper from a local distributor. I’m creating several covers in various colors at the same time.

Now it’s time to decorate your backgrounds with leaf prints.
Note - A drop of black Gelli Arts® paint is enough. If you use a paint that dries fast--use a few drops of an extender to keep your paint wet longer.

Roll out the black paint and place the leaves down on the wet paint.
Cover the leaves with a sheet of parchment paper and rub firmly around the leaves.

When you pull the paper off, the contour of the leaves will show on the paper.

Remove the leaves from the plate and press one of your backgrounds down on the printing plate, rub firmly.  You will pick up what's left of your leaf print.

This is how it turned out on one of the covers.

Now it's time to add some collage to one of the backgrounds. Here you see various parchment paper prints you can work with.

I’m cutting and tearing the background papers - so they are the right size for the book covers.

I’m using fluid gel medium to glue the paper down.

Another way of picking up the leaf prints on your plate, is to let the leaf prints dry on your plate. Then add a thin layer of paint on top of the dry leaf prints. Then place one of your backgrounds on top of the wet paint and pull the print.  The prints of the dry leaves will be on your paper.

I’m using a brayer to add some extra pressure to the print before pulling the print.

Your book covers and signatures are now ready for binding.

I’m doing a long stitch binding, but you could do any kind of binding.

The books are all dressed up and ready for the art fair.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Check out this amazing Giveaway!
Good Luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

      9" x 12" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
      Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, various colors
      Gelli Arts® 12" x 16” Parchment Paper

      Some branches, ferns and leafs from the garden
      Heavy cardstock to print on that will be used as book covers
      Deli paper
      Printing paper

      Golden fluid gel medium to create collages on some of the book covers
      Needle and thread for binding
      Medium weight paper for signatures
      Metal ruler and scalpel to cut the covers to desired size

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Create Summer Postcards with the Gelli Arts® Stamping & Printing Kit

Hi there! It’s Marsha here with a fun summer gel printing project that you can partly create on the go!

Because Gelli Arts® DIY Printing Kits contain everything you need for gel printing they are perfect for taking with you on a summer trip or a weekend getaway.

For this art-on-the-go project, I chose to work with the Stamping & Printing Kit. It contains a 5”x5” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, three bottles of Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, a 4” roller, five 4.5”x6” foam sheets, twelve sheets of 5”x5” parchment paper, bubble wrap, yarn and punchinella.

In addition to the kit, I used 4.5”x6” notecards and a couple of supplies that I always carry with me in a pouch anyway: a ballpoint pen, a roll of washi tape, a water brush and a couple of wax crayons or coloured pencils.

I like the versatility of water soluble crayons and pencils because you can use them to colour and draw with plus you can apply them as watercolour paint.

I also added three colours of Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint just because there is room for extra’s in the handy box the kit comes in!

Step 1
Slip a ballpoint pen and the five 4.5”x6” foam sheets from the kit into your art-on-the-go pouch. Take the bag with you on your next day trip and sketch some of the landscapes and summer scenes you want to remember on the foam.

Of course, you can sketch the scenes on plain paper first too. Or you can take a quick photo and then create the line drawing later when you have a quiet moment.

Keep it simple. You can always add more details later on!

Make sure that you press the ballpoint pen firmly into the foam and retrace each line to create a nice dent. Remember that the lines you draw are what is going to show up in the monoprint.

Step 2
Once you’ve created a couple of foam printing plates, it’s time to print!

Take a stack of 4.5”x6” notecards.

Place your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate on a smooth flat surface.

To assure perfect alignment of the foam printing plates and the notecards, trace the outline of one of your notecards onto your underpaper. Place the gel printing plate on top of the rectangle.

If you’d like to keep a clean white border along the edges of your prints then you have a couple of options:

1. Mask all of the sides of your notecards with washi tape before printing.

2. Place the gel printing plate over the outline in a way that three sides of a notecard do not touch the plate while printing. This way you only have to mask the top edge of each notecard with washi tape.

3. Or, trim the foam sheets to 3.5" x 5” and line them up with the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate instead of the notecard outline while printing. Then you don’t have to mask off anything at all.

Step 3
Roll a drop of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate with the roller.  Roll the paint in a thin layer on the gel printing plate.

Step 4
Press the foam printing plate into the paint.

Step 5
Use parchment paper to remove any excess paint from the gel printing plate.

Step 6
Remove the foam printing plate and place a notecard on the wet paint and pull a print.

Or alternatively: remove the foam printing plate and leave the first image to dry for a minute. Then cover your summer scene with contrasting paint colors, place a notecard on the gel printing plate and pull the print.

Step 7
Leave your prints as they are, or enhance them with (water soluble) wax crayons or colored pencils.

Treat the prints as coloring pages. You can take them with you in your art-on-the-go kit and color them in on your next trip to the beach or the poolside!

Step 8
Once you are happy with how your prints look, add them to your travel journal or frame them to remind you of all the happy memories.

Or… write about your summer adventures on the back and send them as a postcard to your loved ones!

Enjoy summer!!!

Gelli Arts®:
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint (Freshwater, Jet Black, Snowbound)

Ballpoint pen
4.5”x6” Notecards
Washi tape
Wax crayons or coloured pencils

Water brush

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