Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gelli Arts® Printing: Dark Over Light

Apply layers of light paint with a DIY sponge dauber, let it dry—then brayer dark paint over it and pull your print. Watch this Gelli® video to see it demonstrated step-by-step!

There are many possible variations using this technique. This time, we'll apply the paint from light to dark to produce interesting print effects.

To start, let's make a sponge dauber using a round cosmetic sponge and masking tape. To do this, simply gather the edges of the sponge together, forming a ball of sorts. Wrap the gathered edges in masking tape, which forms the dauber and serves as a convenient handle.

The paints used in this video are DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints, and DecoArt Dazzling Metallics. They're wonderful for this technique!

The key is to allow the painted image to dry on the plate. This technique is perfect for using thin applications of fast-drying acrylics! If you like to take time to develop an image on your plate and have been frustrated with fast drying paint... give this technique a try!

Here's how:
  1. Apply light colors to your Gelli® plate with a sponge dauber.
    • Leave areas of the gel plate unpainted.
    • Add focal points and patterns by dabbing paint through stencils
  2. Allow paint to dry thoroughly.
  3. Load your brayer with a dark color and roll it over the dry paint on your Gelli® plate.
  4. Quickly cover with your printing paper, rub to transfer the paint — and slowly pull your print. This should pull up just about all of the paint on the plate.

This is a simple technique, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Use fast-drying acrylic paints.
  • Avoid any blobs or thick applications of paint since they take a while to dry.
  • Allow the painted image to dry completely. (Do NOT use heat to hurry the drying!)
  • Roll a thin layer of paint over the dry paint — then quickly cover with paper.
  • Give a little extra time when rubbing to transfer the paint to the paper.
  • Pull the print slowly. The paper can tend to stick to the plate a bit as you pull the print.

Here are a few variations to try:
  • Use metallic and/or interference paints. They'll pop against the final dark layer.
  • For a painterly print, apply the paint with a soft brush instead of a sponge dauber.
  • Press texture tools into the paint while it's wet.
  • Experiment with different color combinations for very different results. Be sure to create enough contrast.

The dry layers of sponged paint created some unexpected interesting paint textures! 

These prints can be great beginnings, too! Add doodling on them with paint pens, colored pencils and your favorite drawing media.

As you can see, there's great potential for creative explorations in printing with dark over 
light colors. Have fun!

This Contest is officially CLOSED


Judi W. is our Winner!!


And we have a SPECTACULAR GIVEAWAY!!! Including a signed copy of my new book, Gelli Plate Printing!

Our incredible Prize Package includes:
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To enter the giveaway, click on the red "ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE" button below! (This will 
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Entries will be accepted until (Monday, Oct. 20th, 2014 at 12 Noon EST). Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than (Oct. 20th at 5 p.m. EST)!

This Contest is officially CLOSED 

Special thanks to our friends at DecoArt for generously providing the paints in this giveaway!

Good Luck and Happy Printing!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mixed Media Collage with Gelli Arts® Prints

I've been having some fun with the new 'Media' product line from DecoArt. In addition to the Fluid Acrylics artist paints, there's Gesso, Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Paste, Crackle Paint, Antiquing Cream and several Varnish finishes. I love that the Modeling Paste and Gesso are available in black and white! All of these products are great to work with and can be combined with Gelli ® prints to create finished art!

Mixed media collages are a great way to use your Gelli® prints! Here's how to make this one:

To create these small pieces, I began with nine 4" square Blick Canvas Panels. You can also use mat board, book board or chip board as your substrate. The Gelli® prints were selected from my stack of previously printed paper. The Gelli® prints used in this piece were all printed on Staples Card Stock 110 lb.

This mixed media collage has a Fall theme and incorporates dried, pressed leaves and skeleton leaves. Your collage can follow any theme... or none!  The gel prints you select can determine the direction your piece takes.

To create the background texture effects on the small canvases:

  1. Cut or punch a 3" circle shape out of sturdy plastic stencil material to create a mask.
  2. Place a piece of removable double-stick tape in the center of the circle mask to keep it in place on the canvas square. The mask is centered on the 4" square.
  3. Use a palette knife to apply molding paste, gesso, crackle paste or crackle paint around the mask. Each of these can create a variety of effects. Press textures into the wet molding paste or gesso, or swipe lines into it with a comb.
  4. Carefully remove the mask and allow to dry completely. (Repeat this process on each small canvas, using different pastes and texture tools for variety)
  5. Paint the dry canvases with black paint—getting into all the crevasses. Let dry.
  6. Apply paint and antiquing cremes. Add and wipe off in layers until you get the look you want.
  7. Paint the masked circle area of the canvas with gold metallic paint.

To create the small round collages:
  1. Select several previously Gelli Arts® printed papers. (Note: These Gelli® print circles were over-dyed with Ranger Distress Stains to eliminate any white areas of the paper).
  2. Cut or punch a 3" circle from the Gelli® prints for each small canvas (9 circles). 
  3. To give your circle print some dimension, cut a 3" circle out of heavyweight fusible interfacing and iron to fuse a circle print to it. This is optional.
  4. If desired, use a metallic paint marker to make a fine gold line around the cut edge of each circle print.
  5. Arrange collage material (dried leaves) on each circle print. Glue into place using matte medium. Let dry.
  6. Use a soft brush to apply a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish on each complete collage.

To create the textured background canvas panel (15x15):
  1. Apply modeling paste with a palette knife to a canvas board. Spread over the entire surface.
  2. Press or stamp various textures into the wet paste. Allow to dry completely.
  3. Apply paint and antiquing cream to the textured surface and work into all the crevasses.
  4. Apply paints and antiquing cremes in layers, wiping some off and adding more until you've achieved the look you want. Let dry.
  5. Coat with Ultra-Matte Varnish to seal the surface.

Note:  The canvas panel used for this piece was cut down to 15x15 from a larger canvas.

To complete the piece:

Arrange and adhere the small square canvas collages to the large canvas board with an appropriate adhesive, such as tacky glue. Let dry.

Done and ready for framing!

Have fun complimenting your Gelli® prints with modeling paste, texture paste, crackle paste and gesso to make fabulous mixed media collages!

Lastly... we are launching our Gelli Arts® Fall Giveaway Promotion!  

Enter our Fall Giveaway below. Check out all the options for entering the random drawing and choose one OR choose all the ways to enter! 
Multiple entries allowed!    

Our 8" Round Gelli Arts® Printing Kit includes:
  • (1) 8" Round Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
  • (1) Speedball 4" Rubber Brayer
  • (1) Gelli Arts Apron - Priceless!

Good luck and of course, Happy Printing! 

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