Thursday, March 14, 2019

Handmade Mandala Printing with Gelli Arts® Artist Giovanna Zara

Hello, Giovanna here! Today I am sharing with you my latest obsession with hand drawn mandalas. You can transform them into stencils on card stock and use them to make beautiful gel prints. These mandalas can be used as stencils but also as embellishments in your craft projects. At the end of the video I show you how to assemble a pop-up book with your brand new mandala prints! Enjoy!

Here are some of the prints I created with my stencils:

And here is the pop-up mini book:

To create your own Mandala stencil take a piece of A4 size card stock and draw a line at 2-2,5 cm (1 inch) from the bottom; find the center of the line and draw a lot of semi-circles with a compass.

Take the protractor and draw a mark every 30 degrees (or 20 as you like) then draw a line between the center and every mark dividing the semi-circles.

Draw with a pencil simple shapes such as petals, semi-circles, leaves, etc.

Retrace every shape with a thick marker. I did it twice.

Cut inside the shapes with an X-ACTO knife. If you would like, you can cut the edges of the border out with a pair of scissors.

Tip: the X-ACTO knife's blade should be new to get the best cut!

Spread acrylic paint with the brayer on the 9"x12" Gelli Arts® printing plate. I used Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paint Set in Bright Colors.

Lay the mandala stencil on the plate and cover with a piece of white card stock, press well and lift gently.

Peel off the stencil gently and then pull a ghost print. You can use these stencils up to three times and then let them dry.

Use different mandala stencils and add some layers.

You can add texture with rubber stamps, hand-made texture plates, bubble wrap, and so much more.

I hope this inspires you to create some Mandalas of your own!


Gelli Arts® 9"x12" Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paint Set - Bright Colors
X-ACTO knife

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing on DIY Clay Ornaments

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today. Springtime is here in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Netherlands that means the first bulbs have already bloomed, and I can finally buy blossom branches at the florists and the supermarket flower stalls.

I usually don’t decorate the branches, but Easter is coming up, so I thought I’d try my hand at creating gel printed ornaments made from air-drying clay.

The ornaments are super easy to make. I used a cookie cutter shaped like an egg, but with the right cutter, you can customize the ornaments to fit virtually any holiday or occasion.

Step 1
Roll the air-drying clay out until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Move the clay to a non-stick surface like a sheet of baking parchment or a smooth ceramic tile.

Step 2
Use a clay or cookie cutter to cut shapes. Please don’t use the cookie cutter for edibles after you’ve used it on clay.

Step 3
Smooth the edges of the clay shapes by running a wet finger along them.

Step 4
Poke a hole at the top of each shape using a drinking straw or a small tube.

Step 5
Leave the clay shapes to dry. Drying time can take several hours to several days depending on the climate.

Check regularly to ensure they dry as flat as possible. If the shapes do warp, you can easily flatten them by pushing them down with a flat hand or by placing something like a smooth ceramic tile on top.

Step 6
As soon as the clay is dry, you can start printing!

You can use all of your favorite mark making tools and methods on the gel printing plate of your choice. The size of the plate depends on how many shapes you’d like to print on in one go.

You can print on both sides of the clay shape. I chose to work with the 5”x7” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate because I could fit my clay shape on there twice. So if I wanted I could print the front and the back of the shape with the same layer of paint from my plate.

My clay shapes are only 3” tall, so I specifically looked for stencils that have patterns to fit that small scale.

Use tissue paper to lift paint from the plate. You can carefully clean your brayer on the same paper too. Keep the tissue paper aside to use for collage later on.

Keep layering the prints on the clay shapes until you are happy with the results.

Step 7
Dab a drop of paint on a cosmetic sponge and run it along the edges of the clay shapes if you’d like to get rid of the white clay trim.

Use matte medium or decoupage glue to collage snippets of your tissue paper onto the clay shapes. The thin paper will add more layers to the clay shapes without adding any bulk. The adhesive will turn the white tissue almost transparent, and the collaged pieces will blend with the gel printed background.

Another way you can adorn your mixed media ornaments is with paint pen markers and doodles.

Step 8
Finish your mixed media ornaments by threading a pretty coordinating ribbon through the holes!

Happy printing on clay!

Gelli Arts®:
-5”x7” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
-4” Roller

-Air-drying Clay
-Non-stick Surface
-Clay Roller
-Cookie or Clay Cutter (3”)
-Drinking Straw or Small Tube
-Acrylic Paint
-White Tissue Paper
-Matte Medium or Decoupage Glue
-Flat Brush
-Cosmetic Sponge
-Paint Markers
-Ribbon (Sara’s Saris by Sara Ferret)

© 2019 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stained Glass Effect with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates by Tania Ahmed

A few weeks ago I made a collection of cards using two different Gelli Arts® smaller plates and a few stencils. I used them to create a master board. A master board is a background that you create that you can later cut down for smaller projects.

When I made the backgrounds I loved the process of stamping with Gelli Arts® plates so much! I wondered what it would be like to use just one large stencil over my surface and multiple mini plates. I adore layered projects and I love bright colors, like my fellow Gelli Arts® Artists! I decided to combine my love for the two and create this print which reminds me of stained glass.

I love the way light shines through stained glass making it appear as if it were glowing.

When I got my hands on the new Gelli Arts® mini plate set, I was overjoyed with the shapes which can be beautifully combined not just with each other but also with the previous mini plate sets.

1) Put the mini plates on an acrylic block or a cd cover.

2) Use washi tape on one of your papers and tape the stencil securely to the paper.

3) Apply paint to a mini plate with a brayer. Stamp the stenciled paper with the mini plate.

4) Apply any leftover paint to a second paper to get your ghost print.

5) Repeat with different paint colors and mini plates.

6) Overlap the prints to make sure that the whole page is filled for the finished effect.

7) If you want to tone down the color on the ghost printed page, add white acrylic paint sparingly with the brayer.

8) Here is the finished ghost print!

9) Take the stencil off to reveal the finished design!

10) Here is the finished stained glass effect print!

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique. I would love to see what you come up with!

-New Gelli Arts® Mini Plates - Octagon, Quatrefoil, and Diamond
-Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paints
-Stencil - I used Nathalie Kalbach’s StencilGirl Design called Santiago
-Washi Tape
-Acrylic Blocks or CD cover

© 2019 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mixed Media Printing with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here and I have a really cool technique for you today! Mixed Media Printing - multiple mediums in a single print!

With this technique you can build up layers and layers of different products or mediums on your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and then pull a single print that looks like a complete art journal page.

I'm combining a variety of products on my 3"x5" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.
-Alcohol Markers – Copic
-Acrylic Paint Markers – Posca and Molotow
-Solvent Ink – Stazon
-Acrylic Paint – Gelli Arts®, DecoArt, and Talens Amsterdam
-Rubber Stamps and Art Printing Plates – my designs for Carabelle Studio

Before you go out and buy a bunch of new products you can try any similar products you have at home. Even if they don’t work as well as the products I’ve used, you will always be able to clean your plate.
I start with the alcohol markers to create my first layer. I need to use the alcohol markers before I stamp as they will reactivate the stamping inks if I do it the other way around.

I let the layers of alcohol ink dry for a couple seconds before I start stamping with the solvent inks.

When I’m done with the stamping I have to let the ink dry completely before moving on to the next step, which is adding color and details using acrylic paint markers.

If the ink isn’t dry completely, it will react to the paint markers and bleed.

I can also add texture and color by using art printing plates and acrylic paint.

When all the layering is done, I have to make sure that everything is COMPLETELY DRY before I do the last step!

I’m applying a thin layer of acrylic paint on top of the DRY layers. I’ve used white but it can be any color you like. Light colors work best. Keep in mind that different colors can change the colors of your alcohol and solvent ink.

Then I place a sheet of paper on top of the wet paint right away, rub firmly, and pull the print.

Et voilà! A beautiful mixed media print!

Watch the video for an additional step-by-step.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy printing!!

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

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