Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beautiful Image Transfers on Gelli® Printed Backgrounds + a Great Giveaway!

Hello everyone! My name is Birgit Koopsen and I feel honored to be guest blogging here on the Gelli Arts blog!

Today I will show you how to use your Gelli® printed backgrounds for beautiful, colorful image transfers. 

Watch my video to get started — written instructions are below!


We start by printing a bunch of backgrounds using an 8x10 Gelli® printing plate

First, pick your colors.
If you want bright and vibrant colors (like on my prints) then stay away from dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green and so on. Add in one or 2 neon colors for extra vibrancy.


Then, decide which tools you want to use to create marks, patterns and texture.
I went to the DIY store and got myself one of those fluffy paint rollers, big enough to hold the tube of a toilet paper roll. Then I covered toilet roll tubes with bubble wrap, punchanella and pieces of self-adhesive craft foam. These are perfect to create ongoing patterns on the Gelli® plate and so much fun to make! I also used the inside of a chocolate box and I just love the square grid that it creates on my prints. In addition to these, I used stencils and a texture plate from CarabelleStudio.


Now you are ready to start printing, and you know how it is when you start Gelli® printing, right?! It is impossible to make just one print so make sure you have a nice stack of paper on hand ☺

I’m using 200gr. cold press watercolor paper which I think is the perfect paper to do image transfers on.

Just create a bunch of random colorful backgrounds, start with color only, no patterns yet. I usually start with covering my backgrounds with 2 or 3 light colors like yellow, pink and orange and then later add patterns in darker colors, this way you will keep the light colors vibrant.

If you would, for instance, print a translucent yellow on top of a darker blue or green then it will lose the vibrancy. Then, once I have a nice stack of printed papers, I move on to doing patterns, marks, and texture, but I make sure to leave some spaces open for the image transfers. Especially when you do portraits — it is not always nice to have bold patterns in the face.

The pictures below show the fun results of using the handmade texture rolls and the chocolate box:






I love using stencils on my prints, but in general not in the first layer of print. To create the look on the picture below I add paint to the Gelli® plate, put a stencil on top and then make a print (usually on scrap paper) to remove most of the paint that is in the open spaces of the stencil, but not all of it. Then I remove the stencil and pull the final print on my background.





To create the image transfer you need laser prints or photo copies (inkjet does not work well with this technique), gel medium (I prefer Liquitex Matte Medium because it is so fluid and smooth and easy to work with), a soft brush, a bank or gift card, paper towels, baby wipes, a bowl of water and of course your beautiful Gelli® prints.





Steps for Image Transfer:
  1. Pick one of your favorite backgrounds.
  2. Cut out the picture you want to use.
  3. Apply a thin layer of matte medium to both the background and the right side of the picture
  4. Place the picture, right side down on the background.
  5. Use the bank card to remove any excess matte medium and air bubbles from the picture
  6. Let it dry..... (patience!)
  7. Once the background is dry, use water and your fingers to rub away all the paper
  8. Finally, cover the image with a thin layer of matte medium
Watch the video again to see the process, it is really not that complicated!

When the image transfer is done, you can work on your page as on any other art journal page. You can stamp, paint, draw and write on it. The transfer is water resistant so you can use whatever medium you like.

I finished my page using stamps from the “Round and Round” set that I designed for Carabelle Studio, splattering and some handwritten text.

I stamped the circles on a separate Gelli® print and cut them out, then glued them to my page.





Check out our fabulous giveaway! 
One lucky winner will win all the following supplies 
to try this technique on their own!

          • (1) 8x10 Gelli Printing Plate
          • (1) Speedball 4" soft rubber brayer
          • (1) Jar of Liquitex Matte Medium
          • (1) Amsterdam Standard Series Acrylics, Set of 24 20ML 
          • (1) Carabelle Round on Round Stamp designed by Birgit Koopsen
          • (1) Carabelle Triangle Mesh Mask designed by Birgit Koopsen
          • (1) Carabelle Texture Plate
          • (1) Carabelle Circles Mask
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, May 24th 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, May 25th at noon EST. 
ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE


Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see what you create!

Birgit x

PS: 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!


Happy Printing from all of us at Gelli Arts!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wearable Art: Paper Beads made from Gelli® Prints

Hi everyone— it's Regina on the blog today! 

We all know Gelli® printing is totally addicting! And as a result of our enthusiasm for printing, we have tons of prints begging to be used! Here’s a fun way to make your finished Gelli® monoprints into wearable art! Paper beads!




Paper beads are fun and easy to make. They are a great way to use up some finished prints and a perfect project for using those little leftover pieces of prints you have been saving!


First, decide what type of bead you might like to make! They are all sorts of designs that already exist or you could even create your very own! These are some that I have used. The beads in this picture are an inch wide and five inches long. The smaller ones are pieces that were cut off the longer ones.


Then, cut out a ton of the paper beads in the shape you desire.


Next, gather your Glossy Mod Podge, an old paint brush or sponge, and a paperclip. Unfold the paperclip until it is in the shape of a long “L.”



Create a very small fold on one end of your short sides to help you start rolling the paper bead.


Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back side of your paper for the bead. Begin rolling your paper bead around the paper clip.



You may need to apply more Mod Podge before finishing rolling the bead since it dries rather quickly. Roll all the way until the tip of your paper is wrapped around the bead or if you prefer you can trim the tip of the paper off.



Paint the Glossy Mod Podge all around the outside of your bead to create the glossy finished look! Allow plenty of time to for your beads to dry. As an added bonus, the beads can stay wrapped around the paperclip while drying!


Tip: While you are waiting for them to dry, you can lay the paperclips across the lid of your Mod Podge or a little paper cup, so they aren’t touching the table!


Once your beads are all finished and dry you can then create beautiful wearable art with them! These are some pieces of jewelry I have made using my Gelli Arts® paper beads. You can further embellish your finished beads with markers, acrylic paint, or Tulip Dimensional paint, like I did on the yellow necklace and earrings! I love how it adds my personal touch!

Necklaces:




Bracelet:




Earrings:





The list of possibilities is endless! If you give it a try, we’d love to see your results!

Here are the materials used to create the paper beads:

            • Finished Gelli® Prints
            • Ruler
            • Pencil
            • Scissors
            • Glossy Mod Podge
            • Paint brush or Sponge brush
            • Paper clips
            • Markers for embellishment
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!

Have Fun & Happy Printing!

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! 

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