Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gelli Arts® Stamping: Layered Circles!

WOW! Gelli ® plates in three ROUND sizes!! Triple the fun for stamping circle prints! Watch this fast-paced video showing the 4", 6" and 8" round plates in action — on an art journal spread with layered, overlapping circle stamped images! 

Our round plate news is out! And the verdict is in! The new 4" and 6" round Gelli® plates are irresistible! Use them along with our 8" round plate — and take circle imagery to a whole new level!

You may have already seen that Gelli ® plates function perfectly as stamps when placed on an acrylic block or acrylic sheet. 

Once the Gelli® plate is on an acrylic block, apply paint to the gel surface and roll into a smooth layer with a brayer. Make your marks in the wet paint and press onto your surface to stamp your image. It's that easy!

When using a stencil, it's easiest to place it directly on your substrate. Stamp your painted Gelli® plate right over it — then pick up your gel plate and remove the stencil. The stencil may stick to the gel plate, so don't be surprised if both come off together.

The real excitement in stamping with your Gelli® plate is how easy it is to layer the printed images! Aligning each imprint is simple because you can see through the clear mount. 

There's no guesswork in overlapping images when you stamp your Gelli® plates onto your surface. Place your circle imprints right where you want them! Overlapping circle prints create a dimensional appearance — with some in front and others in back.

Use your favorite acrylic paints — with any techniques and texture tools of your choice — to create dynamic stamped layers. Have a blast covering large areas with layered images using the 3 different size gel plates! Stamp up an entire spread in your art journal, or a piece of fabric, or a large art board or canvas. Go WILD!!!

In the video, I'm filling a spread in a Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal (7.75 in. x 9.75 in.) with layered, stamped circle images. The 140 lb. cold-press paper holds up beautifully to the layers of acrylic paint! It lays flat when open, so it's a great journal for gel stamping.

And, it's a perfect surface for adding watercolor or paint pen doodles — especially if you leave some blank (negative) space between some of your circles to work back into. Derwent's Graphik Line Painter 0.5 markers produce a juicy thin line of paint — and can also be used for splatter and drip techniques!  

Stamping circles is beyond fun — it's totally addicting! Each stamped circle is layered with another! And those are overlapped with more circles — and more layers! The journal spread gives me room to keep going! That's a good thing — because I CAN'T STOP!!!

Looking for a fabric project? Be sure to check out my previous blog post tutorial for making a circle-stamped pillow. You'll also find more information there about stamping layered circle prints.


Winner is Ami G!

Gelli Arts® is 'printing in circles' and we couldn't be happier! To share the joy, we have a thrilling GIVEAWAY to start one of you printing in circles too!!

The Prize Kit 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, March 24th at 5pm. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Wednesday, March 25th at 12pm. 



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!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Printing and Stamping with our NEW 4" and 6" Round Gelli® Plates!

Gelli Arts® printing is going in CIRCLES! Introducing two NEW round Gelli ® plate sizes— a 6" round and a 4" round! The perfect compliments to our 8" round plate! 

Oh the fun!!! Now you can use all three round plates together to create exciting prints designed with varied circular imprints! You won't believe how easy it is to achieve amazing prints by overlapping circular images, layering the round sizes, and switching between transparent and opaque paints! The design opportunities are truly endless! 

The two new round plates each work beautifully as stamps when stuck onto a piece of acrylic or acrylic stamping blocks. The 8" round plate works great as a stamp when pressed onto the bottom of an 8-1/2"x11" acrylic box frame. Using the round plates as stamps allows you to place the images right where you want them! That's great when you're overlapping images. 

Have you wanted to print your own fabric for a sewing or quilting project? Try stamping circle prints in different sizes all over a piece of fabric! What a great way to cover a large area! 

Printing your own fabric is so rewarding—and totally unique. I'm starting with a 16" square pillow. It takes a printed piece of fabric measuring 17" x 40". That's a whole lot of fun to gel print! 

For this pillow project, I chose drill cloth—a tightly woven 100% cotton medium-weight fabric that's very durable and easy to work with. It's unbleached and has a natural color, similar to unprimed canvas. Typically, when printing on fabric, I temporarily stabilize the fabric by ironing it onto a piece of freezer paper, which peels away easily after the printing is done. However, the substantial drill cloth is perfect for printing as is—so no need to stabilize it. 

I used DecoArt's Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics and SoSoft with great results. When printing on fabric, use a heavier application of paint on the gel plate than when printing on paper. 

Create images using your favorite texture tools and techniques. I've used stencils, rubbing plates, embossed paper, combs, and a variety of found textures like corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap. There's lots of room to play when you're printing up a larger piece of fabric! 

When the round Gelli® plates are placed on an acrylic (clear) base, you can layer stamped images with some precision. Many of the impressions on my fabric were made by first stamping a solid opaque color, then stamping directly over it with a textured image—using stencils, combs, and other tools—in a different color. 

Mixing it up with opaque and transparent paints in different layers makes exciting prints. Playing with different color combinations adds even more fun! But keep the color wheel in mind to avoid making mud. When in doubt, use colors that live next to each other on the color wheel. 

If you make an impression you aren't so happy with—here's an easy fix: Stamp over it again with titanium white (or a solid opaque color)—and have another go at it! It can be that easy to undo a yucky color! 

The overlapping areas of the circle images give a certain dimension to the overall print, as some prints are in front and some recede. You can enhance the dimensional aspect by adding shadows and highlights with colored pencils, paint and markers. Doodlers will find tons of inspiration in circle prints—on paper and fabric! There are plenty of pens, markers and pencils that work great on fabric. So many options! 

If your idea of fun is pulling print after print—try stamping with three round plate sizes to cover a large piece of fabric with fabulous circular images! Pure bliss! 

Here are the steps for how I made this super-easy pillow. If you need visual step-by-step instructions for making a simple pillow, they're all over the internet. 

The pillow form I used is a 16" square. To make the pillow cover, it required a 17" x 40" piece of fabric. 

The measurements are based on the size of your pillow. Add 1 inch to the width of your pillow size. For the length, double the pillow size and add 6 inches. 

  1. To create a finished edge on the short sides, fold the hem a half inch and press (wrong sides together). Then turn up another half inch and press again. Stitch along the edge of the inside fold. Do this on both short sides. 
  2. Lay your printed fabric right side up on a table, positioned vertically. 
  3. Bring the bottom edge up past the center (no need for exact measuring yet) 
  4. Bring the top edge down past the center point so that your folded pillow fabric now measures exactly the same as your pillow form. (In my case, 16 inches) TIP: You can tweak the placement of the top and bottom folds—but make sure the folded fabric ends up measuring the same as your pillow form. 
  5. Make sure the sides are lined up together. The top hem should overlap the bottom by about 4 inches. 
  6. Pin the sides in place. 
  7. Sew the side seams with a half inch seam allowance. 
  8. Turn the pillow cover right-side out, through the opening. If needed, use a knitting needle or other blunt pointy tool to poke out the corners. 
  9. Insert your pillow form into the opening and finesse it into place. You're done! 

I'm hooked on printing fabric and making pillows! Sew much fun :) Give it a try!!! 

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! 

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