Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gelli Printing with Wax Crayon Resist

Draw with wax crayons on your printing paper before you pull a Gelli print! Sound like fun? Watch this video and see how this simple resist technique works!


Who doesn’t like crayons? Bring a free spirit to this simple resist technique and create colorful drawings, doodles, lines and color blocks on your blank printing paper. A heavy application of crayon will work best since you want to apply a fairly solid layer of wax. This is not the time for a light touch.



If you don’t want to draw freehand, you can use stencils and fill in their patterns with crayon. Or try a rubbing over a textured item placed under your printing paper. Just be sure to rub hard enough to leave enough wax on the paper to create a resist.

And how about combining these techniques! Place a texture under your printing paper ... then lay a stencil on top of your printing paper. Rub a crayon in the stencil opening to pick up the texture that's under the paper — so cool!



Once you’ve prepared your waxy marks on your paper, you’re ready to print. This fun technique will work nicely with any size Gelli plate. Using the round plate adds its own design element to your final print!



Here’s how to print for this resist technique:

  1. Apply acrylic paint to your Gelli plate and roll into a thin layer with a brayer.
  2. Add designs, if desired, in the wet paint with texture tools. 
  3. Cover the painted gel plate with your crayoned printing paper.
  4. Rub the paper to transfer the paint and pull your print.
  5. Allow the print to dry completely.
  6. After the print is completely dry, use a palette knife to scrape the crayon off the paper. The paint covering the crayon marks comes off as you scrape down to the waxy layer. And the crayon color is revealed!


What’s left behind is a colorful image of whatever crayon marks you made on the paper. The crayon resist areas have a nice waxy, shiny feel!


TIPS:
  • This resist technique works beautifully with oil pastels and wax-based colored pencils, and the process is the same as for crayons. The tips here refer to crayon, but the same information applies.
  • Your crayon color choices show in the final print. Create good contrast between your paint color and your crayon color for more vibrant prints.
  • Metallic crayons are great for this technique!
  • Use white crayons to leave white marks.
  • Use a white candle or clear wax crayon when you want to preserve the color of the original printing paper.
  • You can print more than one layer on your paper, just like any Gelli print.
  • This technique works best on paper with a smooth surface.
  • Be patient and allow the paint to dry completely before scraping it off. It's easier to gouge the paper if the paint has not fully dried.
  • If you accidentally gouge the paper, it easy to touch up with additional paint.
  • You can use a lint roller on your print to remove crayon 'crumbs'.
  • Try to avoid getting crayon crumbs and debris on your Gelli plate. If you find any stuck on your plate, remove with a piece of tape or a lint roller.
  • After the wax resist is scraped away, if you want to reduce the remaining shine — simply zap the waxy areas quickly with a heat gun. The crayon residue will sink into the paper and appear more matte.
  • Oil pastels lay down a quick, creamy layer of color. It's fast and easy to apply, and produces vibrant color


FYI: Materials used in the video:


This super-fun technique can give you amazing results. So go ahead … get out those crayons and tap your inner child!


This Contest is officially CLOSED

And now, we have a fabulous giveaway 
so you can give this fun technique a try!


To enter to win, all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog. Comments will be accepted until Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST. One lucky winner will be selected at random on March 24th and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Tuesday, March 25th at 12 noon EST.

This Contest is officially CLOSED


Good luck and Happy Printing!

509 comments:

  1. I am always delighted to see the new things we can do with our GPPs! So cool!

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  2. I can do this. Looks like fun. Great giveaway.

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  3. Oh Wow this is so pretty, keep these wonderful videos coming please! A fantastic giveaway too!

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  4. Another fun technique to try....you folks sure know how to help us get full value out of Gelliplate.

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  5. Cool! Count me in for the drawing (both kinds, lol). Think I'll have a go at this technique this weekend.

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  6. Wow that technique looks awesome and loving the patterns too!! I would love the chance to win these lovely goodies...thank you for doing this great giveaway :)
    hugs and xxx
    Gemma

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  7. Looks awesome! I'd love the giveaway pack!

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  8. Can't wait to try this! Another awesome give away!

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  9. This looks like a lot of fun. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  10. Cool technique, can't wait to try it!! Awesome giveaway. Thanks

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  11. Amazing technique ! Thanks for this great tutorial ! Kind regards, Henriette Pentenga from the Netherlands.

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  12. so colorful and playful, when I get home I will give definitely give this technique a try.

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  13. This looks really fun. I can't wait to give it atry.

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  14. I love my 2 gelli plates.. Don't have a round one yet. Going to try this technique out real soon.

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  15. these are really so amazingly fun to use in so many ways! How clever this one is!

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  16. Wowza, another cool thing to do with the Gelli plate!

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  17. I would LOVE to win this giveaway. I'd like to try a version of this technique on fabric. What fun to be able to play with some new tools!

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  18. Love the new round gelli, it's great to see all of the new ideas that get posted! Winning the giveaway would be a great way to start spring!

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  19. Another fun thing to do with Gelli plates! Love it!

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  20. Wow! Your crayon resist technique is awesome. I love how you built up the layers & then scraped to reveal. Thanks for the chance to win all these fab products to really put this technique through it's paces. Theresa x

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  21. Such a fun technique....and I can definitely see doing this with my daughter!

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  22. What a great idea. I love the idea of using oil pastels.

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  23. Thank you for sharing this new technique! Love the idea of using crayon resist, using stencils and texture all at the same time! Awesome! Can't wait to give it a try!

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  24. Wow, would I LOVE to win this giveaway. Just gave my first Gelli workshop last week and everyone had a fabulous time!

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  25. Sure deliciousness.Should I win and get to partake I will be in fabulous artsy heaven.Thank you for the opportunity.Blessings Sharon

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  26. What a FAB video!!! Would LOVE to win this one!!!

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  27. Love the textures and depth you have achieved and thanks for such a great give away xx

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  28. Great ideas and looks like a lot of fun, too!!! Thank you for the ideas...;-)

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  29. OMG! I love this, I'm going to go get started right away :D

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  30. I am so in love with all that Gelli does! Can't wait to see what is next!!!

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  31. now I want to go play with my Gelli plate. and experiment some more.

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  32. this is a co incidence as lately I have been thinking and doing some experiments concerning how to combine wax and water resist into mono type printmaking. I used candle wax. It worked well on wood through an etching press onto etching paper. I let the water color paint dry over night on the wood which had candle wax applied.

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  33. Wow. Crayons. I love this idea. So fun and easy. Can't wait to break out some crayons and colored pencils.

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  34. I'll have to try this fantastic technique , thanks for sharing!

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  35. That looks like so much fun , fingers crossed :-)

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  36. Such great ideas! Love to play with my gelli plate.

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  37. I love your tuts! Great colors and easy enough technique! Hope I can get my hands on some of these supplies soon! :D

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  38. Crayon resist, what a great idea!

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  39. I know now why I saved my crayons. Great Technique.

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  40. Great ideas for new mediums. Shows just how versatile the Geli Plate is and what fun can be had. The kid just never leaves you

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  41. Such a simple technique, but so brilliant! Off to try it. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  42. This looks like a lot fun.. would love to try it!

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  43. Who doesn't love to color!! This is an awesome technique!

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  44. Fabulous, fabulous! Thanks for sharing techniques and a great giveaway. Joanna Grant

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  45. Wonderful tut and great effect!

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  46. Wow this is so cool, who'd of thought you could use wax crayons with a gelli plate, you guys think of everything. Can't wait to try it out.

    As ever thanks for sharing your new creations and making it so easy to have a go with both the video and step by step - perfect combination

    Sam xxx

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  47. Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize!! Fun new technique, too :)

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  48. Wow! A fun technique and a great giveaway. Thank so much!

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  49. Oh please please!!! I would love!!!!

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  50. I LOVE the way this technique works. Great colours....such fun.

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  51. Great technique! Hunting out the crayons :)

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  52. I NEED this win! I've held off buying a gelli plate because, frankly, it's easier to justify a few dollars here and there for pens, paints, etc. This is expensive! But I sooooo want to play with one. Thank you.

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  53. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for the tutorial and fabulous treat package.

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  54. Should be very nice, keep my fingers crossed!!

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  55. Count me in. I'll keep watching, trying and printing. Susan

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  56. This is an awesome give away. One anyone would be the proud owner of.

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  57. Genius! Would love to try, and win :)

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  58. Just when you think I have used all the paper I can ( of course I never get there) then they show you another trick!!! FUN!!!

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  59. Great technique & giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win such lovely goodies x

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  60. What a gorgeous and fun technique! I can't wait to give it a try. :)

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  61. Can't wait to try wax crayon resist! What an awesome technique.

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  62. What a fun technique, and I have all the supplies (a plus)! thanks for the fab giveaway - I have a small and 8x10 gelli plate but the round one looks like a lot of fun.

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  63. A fun technique to use playing with the grand kids. Thanks for the ideas and opportunity to win.

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  64. ooooh I want to try this! let's try win the giveaway then!! :-)

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  65. Wow!! What a fabulous idea! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  66. This is a fantastic idea! I can't wait to give it a go! Addicted to Gelli...loving the giveaway!!

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  67. Would love to try this (and win the giveaway), thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. OH WOW!!!! This is so AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!!! And thank you for sharing....

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  69. Oh, I so want to try this! I have so many ideas!

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  70. What a fabulous prize! I would love to win all this crafty goodness!

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  71. Wow. What a neat idea!
    rlam at umn dot edu

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  72. AWESOME> I have to find the gelli plates. wonderful bright color

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  73. I have to say I've become rather intrigues by Gelli plates!

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  74. Very interesting technique.
    Beautiful effects and a lot of pleasant fun.
    MAX

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  75. I would love to win this. What a cool prize pack!!

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  76. I'm amazed at all that can be made with gelli plates.

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  77. Yes! I would love to create with these products!!

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  78. I just saw this posting on Facebook and raced over here to read about the ruckus this giveaway is going to make! Woooow!!!!!! All my favorite products rolled into one giveaway! and a great crayon tutorial for the weekend to try!

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  79. Brilliant technique, I can't wait to have a go at this!

    Fabulous giveaway too - please put my name in the hat :)

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  80. Wow how much fun you can have with a Gelli Plate, and the kids can have their art work turned into something very special.

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  81. Wow! This is an awesome giveaway! Looks like fun times!

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  82. A fab technique - going to have to try this. TFS

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  83. Creative juices are flowing! The fun never ends with a Gelli Plate!!!

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  84. Can't wait to try this. Looks awesome

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  85. A great technique and a fantastic giveaway.

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  86. Beautiful prints!! Amazing technique! Fabulous Giveaway!

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  87. I'm so in love with the gelli plate, and jealous of my friends owning it, I just can't afford it right now, but I would be so thankful to win my own one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. Great ! Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous giveaway =)

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  89. Loved the video! Awesome results! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. Looks like so much fun!! If I don't win, I must get a Gelli plate!

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  91. Great ideas! I'm going to try NeoColor II's to see what happens when that gets activated with the paint from the pull - I hadn't even thought about that before. Thank you for the inspriational spark along with the wax crayon resist technique! :D

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  92. I'm starting a Art Journal to help with my depression,I would love to win these products, I'm a newbie so this would be perfect for me to get started.

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  93. Would love to try this using a Spring has Sprung theme!

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  94. What fun! More reasons to love Gelli Plates!

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  95. Pat Coletti AllossoMarch 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Best thing about the Gelli is the ideas on what to do with it are ongoing. Creativity lives!

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  96. I love that there are more and more ways to use the gelli plate!

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  97. Super! I'm a fresh Gelli - junkie... Love it!

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  98. Great technique - thanks for sharing - and thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  99. This looks great - hope I win!!

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  100. TEXTURE "UNDER" the paper. I think I'll be able to find { HOPE*HOPE} the kids' OLD 8 x 8's hard plastic double sided texture plates ~ that came in a set... I knew I was saving the, ' for something ' = BIG SMILES ! would be SO EXCITED/would love to be a winner !!

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  101. WOW looking at all the comments I think there will be tons of people trying this technique. I hope that I win so I also can give this wonderful idea a try.

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  102. This looks like so much fun! And it has gorgeous results.

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  103. What will you think of next? I am going to try this for sure. I loved the circle print and it was fabulous on the circle plate. I will try that as well as coming up with something different

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  104. This is a wonderful technique that will work well with both children and adult learners. I am convinced, after several all day workshops for book arts, that the Gelli Arts product line is the best tool to use when getting students used to making mono prints and paste type papers for bookbinding. Students are AMAZED when they pull their first prints and really get to know the versatility of this tool. Well done with this video! Thank you for sharing it and providing an opportunity to win a prize!

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  105. Cool beans!! What a fun technique to try! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the chance to win this great prize!

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  106. Ooooooooo ... this technique and opportunity is just too cool to pass up! I'm in love!

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  107. Wow,what a great technique,must give it a go! And thanks for the change to win your products to try this. I am a technique junk!

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  108. WOW..gorgeous technique!!!! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway:)

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  109. So much fun!!!!!!!! Saw this demo'd at a craft retreat and I'm hooked! Can't wait for mine to arrive so I can try this out :-)

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  110. I love your videos - so creative. Lovely prizes. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  111. Would love to win so I can try this technique out. It looks fun and I've been wanting to get into printing more.

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  112. Your videos are so inspiring! Keep it up!

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  113. The possibilities just seem endless. wonderful

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  114. Yet another great video! Love the technique!

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  115. What an exciting idea....... I can't wait to try it.......

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  116. I can't wait to try this out. Great tutorial. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  117. awesome - I'll be having a go for sure

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  118. I love all the creative techniques Gelli Plate enthusiast come up with.. and the videos are always amazing... The more I see that round Gelli plate the more it is a must have..Thanks for this fabulous opportunity..

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  119. Love the bright colours,another wonderful tecnique to try. Love crayons.

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  120. So much awesome! Love your tutorials! :)

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  121. it would be awesome to win and be able to try these products for the first time, everytime I see a FB post of the projects done, it makes me want to go home and paint!!!

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  122. oh what a wonderful giveaway!!!!l

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  123. I think this will be awesome on black paper with interference paints.... so much to paint, so little time!

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  124. Just in time for the Gelli printing workshop I'll be giving on Saturday! Love it.

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  125. This is fabulous! Thanks for the chance.

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  126. Sounds like so much fun. May even let the kids try. Thanks for the giveway

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  127. Looks like a fun new technique to try out!!

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  128. Every single time you post a video I sit enthralled......such fabulous ideas!! And so much fun to re-create!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us!!

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  129. WOW! This would be great fun to win - thanks for the chance!!!

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  130. I have not done much with my Gelli Plate yet, and this looks so interesting!

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  131. This looks like so much fun!! Oh how I love your giveaways! -Tara

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  132. Wow, looks like fun and I love crayons!

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  133. This looks like so much fun, I can't wait to try it. I'm going to print this so I remember what you did. So creative!!! Cathy

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  134. The Gelli Divas are at it again! Thanks for another easy and fun technique to try out!

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  135. teresa_butler@hcpss.orgMarch 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Would love to use this in my MATH class!

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  136. Fabulous Video! Thank you for such great inspiration and ideas. Please include me in this winning opportunity. Creative Gelli Bliss...

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  137. What a fun project!!! We all probably have crayons laying around and we can try this, I know I will.

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  138. Excellent video!! I am SO excited to try this!!! I love your Gelli plate ideas and the work you've done, awesome!!

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  139. Thank you for giving us yet another fun technique for our Gelli plates. I'm getting started on this one right away!!

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  140. What an awesome giveaway! Would love to learn this technique! Thanks!

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  141. I love my Gelli plate! Another great idea and who doesn't love crayons?!

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  142. Wonderful! I love my Gelli plates and thanks for a chance to win your generous give away!

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  143. Great idea! reminded me of drawing in elementary school then painting a blue wash over it for an underwater scene!

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  144. Oooooo, I've got to win so I can try this technique!!! It looks like SO MUCH FUN!! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway. Gelli Arts. . . you rock!!

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  145. Our students love trying out new art techniques. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Gloria

    jaw_gjw@yahoo.com

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  146. I have one of the small plates and love it. this is a great opportunity! thanks

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  147. I bet you can use a heat gun to heat up the wax crayon and get that paint to rub right off! Great technique- thanks for the inspiration!

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  148. Fab giveaway!!!! Loved the tutorial.

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  149. Pick me pick me! I love using Gelli plates with my students!!

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  150. I am constantly AMAZED at all the different ways Gelli plates can be used! Wow. Once again, you've knocked my socks off. My feet keep getting cold! ; )

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  151. this looks like so much fun, must try it!

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  152. would love to win this prize ive benn watching geli printing on youtube

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  153. You keep out doing yourself with these creative techniques. I'd love to win the drawing, I do want a round plate.

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  154. There seems to be no limit as to what we can create with our Gelli Plate. Thanks

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  155. I would love to try the gell arts.. I will be watching for my name..
    jan schroeder

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  156. This is an absolutely brilliant technique - I love it! Your generous giveaway is brilliant also and I would love to win it:-)

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  157. A Gelli Plate is on my wish list as I think it would be ideal to make a massive variety of backgrounds for little cost as I make my cards solely to sell to raise funds for charities. Love the sound of the crayon technique. Amazing. Would love to go in the draw. Best wishes, Kym xxx

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  158. I would LOVE a round Gelli plate! Thank you so much for having these giveaways so often!

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  159. WoWza! Love this technique! Great giveaway!

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  160. I am wishing for some gelli plates for my birthday, which is March 26th, so the giveaway is perfect. :)

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  161. Amazing idea! Love the new prints and want more ideas! Keep them coming!

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  162. Great work! I think I need about a hundred Gelli prints for my studio walls. Crossing fingers!

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  163. It's always a great day when there is a new Gelli Arts technique! Can't wait to try this one.

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  164. Excited about trying this new technique.

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  165. Oohhh....this looks like so much fun. I really *must* get my gelli plate out to play. :)

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  166. This is such a weird a coincidence. I just tried this technique out myself about a week ago! Hope I win, as I'd love to try it on the round gelli plate :-D

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  167. I just read about the 'give away'...I love my gelli plates...I have 2 sizes. I would love to get into the habit of using them more ! Would LOVE to win this give away! I've never won art supplies before !! :-)

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  168. Just when I thought I had done it all with my gelli. Thanks!

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  169. That is way cool!! Good luck everyone :)

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  170. Fun! Fun! Fun!
    What a giveaway!
    Thank you for sharing such a variety of techniques!

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  171. Where do you find such cleaver ideas? I love it!

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  172. I just love all these great videos! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  173. What a neat idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  174. This is a neat technique. I just found some sealife stencils and was trying to figure out what to do with them so they'd really stand out. I think this will be perfect. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  175. Winning this giveaway would be a dream!! I wouldn't be able to open the package fast enough to get started!! A wonderful generous giveaway!!!

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  176. This is such happy art! Really hope to be able to give this a try soon. Thanks for hosting the giveaway...good luck everyone!

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  177. I have got to get me one. I watch so many videos on the gelli plate and each video makes me want one more and more

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  178. I love any excuse to break out the crayons!

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  179. SO Fun And Marvelous Art Piece With Such Simple Fast Results! LOVE IT!!! Thank You!

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  180. This looks like so much fun! I want to try this. This would be great to win!!! Thank you.

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  181. Thanks for sharing this fun technique. Cannot wait to try it out!

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  182. So fun, need to try this variation. Fabulous methodology... thanks!

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  183. This looks like so much fun! My students would live doing this after we take our tests!

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  184. This looks amazing! Great give away!

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