Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Art Journal Page by Tania Ahmed

Hi friends!

Tania here. I love using different mediums on my Gelli Arts® Plate and I was really excited to
try Jane Davenport's Squid Hybrid Inks on their new plate set! I love that the
Jane Davenport x Gelli Arts® 8x10 printing set includes the following:

- 8x10 gel printing plate
- 3" Seashell Mini Plate
- Printable Seashell Stickers
- Seashell Stencil
- Eyelash Yarn

Watch along and see how I made this art journal page:

Continue reading for step by step instructions:

1. To start off, I applied the inkpads directly to the plate and blended the colours together by
overlapping the edges a bit. If any colours transfer on the inkpad, I just dab it off on a
scrap piece of paper.

2. You can either use any mark making tools you have in your stash (such as combs, textured supplies, packaging, bubblewrap) or you can use the seashell stencil that comes in the kit to lift some of the ink off the plate. Repeat as needed and pull a print! Once you have a few prints ready to use, decide on a background and cut it down to size. 

3. I stamped and coloured in one of the face stamps from Mix & Match with Jane's Matchmaker paints and added shading and highlights with color pencils. Next, cut the face out.

4. Roughly cut out a body shape from one of the prints you created. Glue both the face and the body to your background page. 

5. Add more highlights and shading using Jane Davenport's DramaSticks, Licensed to Quill Pen and Ultimate Pen. Add shading around the figure with ColorSticks. 

6. Die cut a shape from one of your prints and attach to your page. 

7. Stamp sentiments and flowers from stamp sets to your page. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the video and tutorial!
- Tania

Materials list:
  • Gelli Arts plus Jane Davenport Kit
  • Gelli Arts Mini Tools
  • Gelli Arts Brayer
  • Acrylic Block
  • Altenew Crisp Ink Permanent Black
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
  • DecoArts White Acrylic Paint.
  • Jane Davenport Matchmaker Paint Set
  • Jane Davenport ColorSticks
  • Jane Davenport DramaSticks
  • Jane Davenport Licensed to Quill
  • Jane Davenport Ultimate Pen Golden Age
  • Jane Davenport Squid Ink
  • Jane Davenport Free Spirit Stamp
  • Jane Davenport Mix and Match Stamp
  • Jane Davenport Build a Bouquet
  • Jane Davenport Cutting Template

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Gel Printing with Watercolours With Marsha Valk

Hi there! Its Marsha here. Today I'm sharing my experiments with watercolour on the new Jane Davenport 8x10” gel printing plate! 

The amount of water needed to activate watercolours causes the ink to bead up on the slick surface of the gel printing plate. You can still pull awesome textured prints with it, but sometimes the distressed, beaded look isn't what you are looking for. 

In last month's video, I applied liquid inks to the plate with a cosmetic sponge. This method works well for a watercolour that is already liquid, but, although it isn't impossible, it is harder to achieve with watercolours that come in a small pan.  

The solution is to apply a barrier on the plate to combat the slickness, or to alter the watercolour to change the water tension.  

In an earlier video (link:, I applied dish soap to the surface of the plate. The soap created both a barrier, and it altered the viscosity of the watercolour. It created fun prints, but the results still didn't look like a watercolour. 

So this time, I thought I would try layering different mediums to see if I could come up with a way to create a more predictable result.  

Watch the video to see how I got on, creating a mixed media gel print using watercolour pans! 


In the video, Im using a Jane Davenport watercolour pan set.  

Before you start, you need to soften the watercolour cakes. I spray the pans with water, and I let them sit for a whileYou can also use a dropper or load your brush with water and add a drop of water onto each watercolour cake. 

Use an old watercolour or soft hybrid brushes to work with. The gesso can be rough on the bristlesand you dont want it to damage your best brushes! 

Try to keep your brush damp. 

It needs to be moist enough to release the pigment from the watercolour pan and at the same time dry enough not to create a puddle on the plateRemember that the gel printing plate and the acrylic mediums layered on top do not soak up any of the moisture as watercolour paper does. 

cant wait to see the gel prints you createPlease share your work with us on Instagram using #gelliarts. 
Happy watercolour printing! 

Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Printing Set 
4” roller 
Jane Davenport Glitz Sea Watercolour Set 
Jane Davenport Mermaid Tail Swatch Stamp & Die 
Acrylic Paint 
Clear gesso 
Matte medium 
Old (watercolourbrushes 
Spray bottle with water 
(Paper) towel 
Die-cut machine 
Tissue paper 
Watercolour paper (9.5” x 12) 
Paint marker 

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