Thursday, August 20, 2015

Awesome NEW Gelli® Printing Tools!!!

Sometimes bigger IS better! That's exactly what we discovered while developing our dream for the fabulous NEW Gelli® combs! Watch this video and see our Great Big Gelli® Combs in action!


It's a THRILL to introduce Gelli's® first mark-making tools! Our goal has been to develop fun tools that enhance the Gelli® printing experience — and we came up with these two sets of BIG combs. I love, love, LOVE them!!! All of us at Gelli® do! And we know you'll love using them as much as we do!


Each set contains three combs — each with a different edge producing a different mark. They work beautifully together for creating a huge range of striped patterns and swirly marks, depending how you apply them. Lots of mark-making to explore!


One set has squared 'teeth'.


The other set has rounded 'teeth'.


Swiping a comb through paint is intuitive and easy — and watching amazing patterns emerge is mesmerizing! There's so much variation in the patterns you can create with these large combs. Pulling combed prints is as addictive as it gets — start combing patterns in the paint and you're in the flow! Such FUN! Just look at some of the possibilities!




To create a great print in one layer, try this:
  1. Apply more than one color to your Gelli® plate and roll into a smooth layer with a brayer.
  2. Comb through paint in one direction.
  3. Using a different comb — swipe in another direction. You'll see the dimensional result, as one pattern appears on top of another. It's fascinating!!


An easy way to create dynamic prints is to layer combed images. It never fails! The trick is to create a contrast in color and value in the layers. If you don't love the image you have — once your print is dry — print another combed layer over it. You can do this over and over on the same print — with the creative use of opaque colors or metallic paint — and end up with amazing, complex images.




There's usually enough wet paint left over on the plate, and you may find you'll have lots of second and even third pulls of combed prints. So keep layering!! It's so much fun to watch a print evolve this way from layers and layers of ghost prints!


You'll get beautiful color blends by applying several colors to your Gelli® plate and combing through them. Using analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel) helps keep your colors clean and avoids making muddy mixtures. But there are NO RULES! Here's an example of a multicolor print created with complementary colors (opposites on the color wheel) — and no mud :) Just use a light touch and take care not to over-blend complementary colors with your brayer.


All of the paint used in the video and in the prints shown here are Liquitex® Basic and Liquitex® Professional Acrylic Color Soft Body. The colors are vibrant and the paint viscosity is wonderful for combing. As a plus, you can usually get a great ghost print (second pull) as well — and sometimes a third!


After you've pulled two or three prints from the plate, there's often a thin layer of residual paint remaining on the plate. It's too dry to print at this point. But don't clean your plate! The dry paint will come up in the next combed print you pull! (I find this technique works best after the third pull) Simply apply fresh paint right over the dried paint on your plate, comb your design — and pull your print. Magical!



The ghost print after that first interesting print is often another great print. The negative space is usually free of paint in this pull — creating a great opportunity to work back into the negative space. For ideas on how to do that — take a look at this older blog post



If you're wondering if a single color produces interesting combed prints — the answer is YES! In fact, some of my favorite prints are done using black paint, resulting in beautiful movement with a lovely tonal range.


Aside from making amazing prints, these combs are sturdy and flexible — optimized for working on a Gelli® plate. They're comfortable to hold and use. And they're so easy to clean!


While we designed the Gelli® combs primarily for Gelli® printing, you'll find they're perfect for any paint or medium application where you want to create interesting patterns! So keep them handy while you prepare a surface with gesso or molding paste — or for applying paint on your favorite substrate. Instant texture and pattern!!

Here I've added some textured sand paste with a palette knife and scraped texture into it with a Gelli® comb!


Using combs is a subtractive process — and that means you're removing paint from the Gelli® plate to create your image. That also means you have a build-up of wet paint on your combs — so you'll want to have paper or other substrate handy for wiping off that paint and creating more fabulous marks!


What a great way to start an abstract painting!! Be free and go with the flow!


Eager to try our new Printing Tools?

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Winner is Lori W.

We have an AWESEOME GIVEAWAY!


    One lucky winner will receive our prize kit including:
    • 1 - 8"x10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate 
    • 1 - Set of Round Edge Gelli® Printing Tools (3 combs) 
    • 1 - Set of Square Edge Gelli® Printing Tools (3 combs)   
    • 1 - Liquitex® Acrylic Painting Set includes:  
      • 12 Tubes of Heavy Body Acrylic Artist Colors 0.75 oz.,  
      • 1 Tube Titanium White 2 fluid oz.,  
      • 1 Tube Gloss Gel Medium 2 fluid oz.,  
      • 1 Palette Knife & 2 Brushes!!

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, August 25th at noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Wednesday, August 26th at noon EST.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli® retailer near you!


http://www.gelliarts.com/pages/find-a-retailer

Special thanks to Liquitex® for generously donating their wonderful Acrylic Painting set!

Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

Materials Used in Today's Blog:

8x10" Gelli Arts®
Printing Plate
'Square' Gelli®
Texture Comb
'Round' Gelli®
Texture Comb
Liquitex® Basic
Acrylic
Liquitex® Professional
Acrylic Soft Body
Liquitex® Natural
Sand Texture Gel
Liquitex® Freestyle
Palette Knife

85 comments:

  1. How perfect that you have your own line of tools now to pair with the Gelli Plate. Bravo!!

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  2. These tools look so comfortable and easy to use Joan, they seem to really fit in the hand! Can't wait to give them a try.

    Elaine Allen

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    1. Thanks Elaine! Let us know what you think :)

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  3. Fabulous giveaway. Love these new tools!

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  4. I would love, love, love to win this Giveaway! I will be teaching Gelli printing at the Leesburg Center for the Arts, in their Free Friday Open Studio. These would be a wonderful addition to the class. I just wish I had more Gelli plates. I've been able to get a total of 4, between me and friends. I may have to make some, which I really don't want to do.

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  5. WOW!! You always have some awesome giveaways. Your sponsors are just so wonderful. Thanks again for giving us a chance to win.

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  6. this truly is an awesome giveaway. I love that the tools cover such a large area.

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  7. YAY!!! Can't wait to get my hands on the new tools!!! LOVE them!!!

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  8. I would love having a chance to win these products. Thank you!

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  9. These are very exciting, lovely effects!

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  10. So exciting. Keeping everything possible crossed!

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  11. OMGoodness, these combs are amazing! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! :)

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  12. the combs look like they would be easy to hold and work with

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  13. I love my Gelli Plates!!!!! I use anything and everything to make patterns. Everyone knows if they are throwing something away that I might want it! Lol

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  14. Oh goodness how awesome, I would love these

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  15. Great giveaway! I need these new tools! :)

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  16. These tools look awesome ... what fun!

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  17. ERMAGARD! What a fantastic prize package!! I think I would wet my pants if I saw that I was the winner of this bundle filled with hours and hours of creative fun!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome prize!

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  18. I love all the backgrounds that these tools make. I look forward to playing with them, and what a wonderful give a way. As always, thanks for the wonderful videos that showcase all your great products......Linda E.

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  19. Very cool looks obtained with these combs! TFS the video!

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  20. It would be so cool to win this. I can just see all the prints I can make! I've been wanting to try some basics and combs!!!

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win! Glad to see that Hobby Lobby carries Gelli plates now!

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  22. Awesome giveaway. Love the designs the combs make Thanks for a chance to win

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  23. Love it all ! Thanks for the chance to win .

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  24. Great new products with such fun effects! Especially like the back/white one, such depth!

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  25. What a great set of tools - thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Joan, These combs are amazing! Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter & win!

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  27. I love your videos too! Thank you for posting them. They are very inspirational! xo

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  28. Joan - love these new tools - the giveaway is a HUGE bonus!

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  29. I like that the combs are big and can cover most of the plate with a single swipe. Fingers crossed!

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  30. WOW, love these! Love the video, such beautiful prints. HOPE. I. WIN. Thanks for the generous opportunity!

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  31. Wow, great effects, especially the one with wide teeth. I got a 4" round plate for my birthday. Love it.

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  32. Wow, these look like so much fun!! Thanks for having a give a way.

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  33. What a delight this must be for yoy, Joan. Your products are such a hit. So many people playing so happily. People of the eARTh are enjoying themselves.

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  34. Oooooo! Can't wait to give these a try!

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  35. my mother and I got a similar gelli plate back when I was in high school (1960-1965) to print pictures, etc. Loved it then. Haven't used one since. Would love to win and see about trying it again. Seems easy enough.

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  36. I just love the examples shown in the video, I think one very lucky person is going to have endless fun when they receive their winnings, good luck everyone x

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  37. Great new tools that I would love to try.

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  38. Wonderful video and creations. I am always so amazed at your generous giveaways, I don't have any tools like these and would love to win. Thank you for the chance to enter.

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  39. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new tools!! Woo Hoo!!

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  40. Great new tools and thanks for the super duper inspiration. And the giveaway.

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  41. Pick me, pick me ! I love using gelli pads

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  42. pure genius!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and super projects for inspiration!

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  43. Your prints are beautiful; they make me wish I could 'Gelli" EVERYDAY. I am addicted to doing the "Gelli".

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  44. wow new tools for geli printing how much fun that would be!!!! Thankyou for the chance and I love liquitex watercolors acrylics brushes and products!!!

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  45. Always appreciate the inspiration and ideas you share with us. Thank you!

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  46. WOW! I love your videos and the new tools are amazing. Please enter me in the drawing as I would love to have a Gelli of my own.

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  47. WAY Cool!!!!!!!!!! I hope I win, I hope I win :-)

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  48. The video was so stimulating! I want to experiment with this technique on plain muslin fabric… Cut the resulting pieces apart and sew them back together for a fabulous art quilt!

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  49. Fabulousaaaaaaaaaa giveaway.....Thanks!!!

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  50. Fabulous giveaway! Love geli printing.

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  51. What a fantastic prize set, would love to win it and start on the mixed media journey

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  52. What a fab product so useable not just on your gelli plate but on all crafts with paints, inks and other of the like. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. Great tools for a great product. Thank you!

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  54. These will work much more smoothly than the art combs I've made myself. I enjoy the freedom of the Gelli Plate. My grandchildren always want to use it, too. They will enjoy these new tools, too.

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  55. What great new tools! Would love to win this wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance!

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  56. What great new tools! Would love to win this wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance!

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  57. What great new tools! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  58. What great new tools! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  59. What great new tools! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  60. Those tools look great! Looking forward to do more printing (and using); I spent hours playing around with such beautiful designs as a result... Thanks for the video; great to see so much inspiration! Have a colourfull week!

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  61. What a fun way to create with paint! Can't wait to try it!

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  62. Wow! What a stunning array of artwork Joan and the tools give totally amazing effects.
    Thanks for sharing and for the chance at the giveaway too.
    Fliss x

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  63. Awesome :D More amazing ways to create with our Gellis! Love the prize and LOVE the new combs :) Can't wait for them to arrive in my shop so I can play!

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  64. Love, love, love those texture combs! Would love to win me some of the Gelli products!

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  65. Another cool batch of products! I have been waiting for someone to make something like this for a long time.
    Thank you very much for cool stuff and great giveaways.

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  67. What a great idea to have BIG combs, fab designs! x

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  68. Just amazing the striped patterns and swirly marks you achieved and the blending of colors.
    This is a great idea!!!! Thank You!

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  69. Thank you for your generous giveaway opportunity to win some amazing goodies. Thanks too for the great video on how to use your new combs. They looks awesome and super fun to use.

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  70. Can't wait to get started with Gelli Plate printing. I've watched lots of videos and have most of the supplies, but haven't chosen my paint yet and the combs look fabulous!

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