Thursday, June 21, 2018

Peeled Paint Effect with Gelli Arts® Printing Plates from Birgit Koopsen

Hello! Birgit here with a fun technique today that lets you create a peeled paint texture.
All you need is your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, some clear tape, and your favorite colors of acrylic paint.

Start with applying a thin layer of paint to your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and let it dry.

Then apply strips of clear tape on top of the dried paint leaving a little bit of space between the strips.

Now apply contrasting colors of paint on top of the clear tape. When pulling the print the colors from the first layer will pull up in the open areas, creating different colored lines.

Place your paper on top of the wet paint, rub firmly and pull the print.

The first print usually is not my favorite one as it is still to clean and doesn’t have much of that peeled paint effect.

But, when you continue pulling prints from the same tape, little bits of left over paint from previous prints will also pull up, plus there will be areas where the multiple layers of paint will dry and not pull up at all. This is what gives that peeled paint look.

So continue printing, varying with colors, and the prints will get only better!

Extra bonus at the end of your printing session is some beautiful colored tape that you can use in your mixed media projects.

Thank you for stopping by! Happy printing!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gelli Arts® Birch Tree Prints by Tania Ahmed

Today, I am thrilled and honored to be on the Gelli Arts® Blog as part of the Artist Team! I am sharing a project on how you can create birch tree inspired art. I had seen some artists create fantasy birch tree art and I decided to recreate these, but with Gelli Arts® Printing Plates! I had so much fun creating these prints and I love that they make a beautifully finished project that I can use to give away as gifts or decorate with at home.

There are two ways you can create your backgrounds: you can either apply your tape to your Gelli® Printing Plate or to your card stock. The video tutorial shows both ways. For all products used for this project, please see the materials list at the end of the post.

Step 1:
Mask off your “tree trunk” and branches with washi tape or low tack tape. You can angle them or even overlap them to make your scene look interesting.

Step 2:
Apply Cosmic Blue and Deep Jungle Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint with your roller. You can use any color in your background, I used blues and greens to give the effect of a sky and a green forest.

Step 3:
Place your stencil on top of your painted Gelli® Printing Plate. I find that stencils with open spaces work best.

Step 4:
Lift some of the paint through the stencil with Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper. You can also use this paper to clean your roller in between prints. I like using these clean off papers in collages.

Step 5:
Before taking a print, make sure to remove your tape from the Gelli® Printing Plate.

Step 6:
Pull your print and you will see that you are left with white space where your tree trunks and branches will appear!

Step 7:
Practice creating the swipes with the straight edge from one of the Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools. Swipe Gelli Arts® Jet Black Premium Acrylic Paint lightly and at an angle to partially paint the tree trunks and branches. If you think that you are getting too much paint on your project, dab off some of the paint from the tool.

Step 8:
Use the textured edges of the combs from the Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools to add more irregular paint swipes.

Step 9:
I added my finished prints to some card bases with double sided tape and mounted one of the prints to an inexpensive picture frame.

Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Classic Colors (Cosmic Blue, Deep Jungle, Snowbound, Jet Black)
6" x 6" Gelli® Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper
Gelli Arts® 4” roller
Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools - Set of 3

Double Sided Tape
White Card Stock
Low Tack Masking Tape and/or Washi Tape

Picture Frame
Black Card Stock

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gel Printing with the Gelli Arts® Feather Printing Kit

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today sharing a fun project you can do with the Gelli Arts® Feather Printing Kit.

The Feather Printing Kit contains everything you need for gel printing: a 5x5” Gelli Arts® printing plate, 3 bottles of Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, a 4” roller, 8 white feathers, a three-sided Gelli Arts® mini comb, 12 pieces of 5x5” parchment paper, bubble wrap, yarn and punchinella.

The white feathers in the kit are perfect for gel printing on, but have you ever tried to use feathers as a texture tool? The results are stunning and super detailed. Let me show you!

Step 1
Place your Gelli Arts® printing plate on a smooth flat surface. I’m using the mylar sheet with 1” grid that comes with the new 9" x 12" Gelli Arts® gel printing plate underneath.

Take a sheet of paper (I’m using A5 sized paper, which is 5.83” x 8.27”) and tape it to the surface on one side to create a hinge. This will make aligning the paper easier because the sheet can’t move in between prints.

Step 2
Roll a drop of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® printing plate with the roller. You can use more than one color if you like!

Step 3
Use the three-sided Gelli Arts® mini comb or press the bubble wrap, yarn, or punchinella into the paint to create texture. Or leave the paint as is for a solid colored background print.

Step 4
Place the paper on the Gelli Arts® printing plate and print the first layer.

Step 5
Roll a layer of contrasting color onto the plate with the roller.

Step 6
Take one or two feathers and ruffle them a bit.

Place them on top of the painted plate and pull a second print on top of the previously printed layer.

Step 7
Remove the feathers and pull a third print on top of the previously printed layers.

You can use the feathers over and over again. Just make sure that the paint on the feather is dry before using it for another print otherwise it might stick to your paper.

Step 8
I decided to create cards with my feather prints.

I splattered a contrasting color onto each print and left them to dry. Then I trimmed the prints to fit 14,5 cm square notecards (this is approximately 5.75”) and machine stitched a border around the prints before I adhered them to the front of the notecards with double-sided tape.

Enjoy gel printing with Gelli Arts® and feathers!

Gelli Arts®:
Gelli Arts® Feather Printing Kit
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint (Freshwater, Jet Black, Mixed Berries, Snowbound, Sunbeam)

Paper (A5 size: 5.83” x 8.27”)

Paint markers
Sewing machine and thread
Notecards (14,5 x 14,5 cm: approximately 5.75” x 5.75”)
Double-sided adhesive

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