Thursday, July 19, 2018

Image Tracing on Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates with Copic Markers

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog. It’s Birgit here today and I have a fun new technique for you that allows you to trace images using your gel printing plate.

You need:
A Gelli Arts® gel printing plate (any size that suites you), a brayer, Copic markers in a variety of colors, acrylic paint (I’m using Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylics) and some images. These can come from a magazine but why not use your own personal photos (copies)?

Place the gel printing plate on top of your image and start tracing the image with a Copic marker. You can take your time, the ink has to dry on the plate anyway.
You can use a variety of colors to blend or color in certain parts.

Let the ink dry thoroughly (a couple of minutes) to be sure they don’t reactivate.
Then apply a really thin layer of acrylic paint on top of your drawing. When you use the right amount of paint you will see the image shine through.

Place a sheet of paper on top while the paint is still wet and rub firmly, then carefully remove the paper from the gel printing plate.

To have a better background to work on with additional products I like to apply a layer of clear gesso on top of the printed image. The easiest way to add a nice and even, thin layer is by rolling out some clear gesso on the gel printing plate, then pull a print covering the whole image. When the gesso is dry it will be a perfect background to use, for instance, water-soluble crayons like Neocolor II.
This is a great product to add color to your print.
Simply apply a little bit of color, then use your fingers to blend.

Of course you can also add other things like stamping. You can work on the prints like you would on any other art journal page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we are looking forward to see your “Image Tracing Prints,” so please tag us when you post on Instagram and Facebook! 😀

Happy printing!

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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