Thursday, April 21, 2016

Unboxing the NEW Gelli® Student Printing Kit!

We're so excited about the new Gelli Arts® Student Printing Plate Kit!! Watch this video to see the 'unboxing' — and a few fun printing ideas!


We know that many of you love Gelli® printing as a family activity — making art together. It's always exciting to hear about the special FUN time you share, printing with kids, grandchildren, family members and friends of all ages. And to help facilitate those happy times, we've put together the convenient kit you've been asking for!


The Student Kit contains a 5˝x5˝ Student Gelli plate, a brayer, and 2 geometric patterned stencils — designed to kickstart the joy of monoprinting! Just add your favorite acrylic paint and some copy paper and you're good to go! Here's what's in the box:


For all of you moms, dads, grandparents and relatives who have been sharing your Gelli plates with the kids — this Gelli® Kit is the perfect gift! A Gelli plate, brayer and stencils of their own! And we know that Gelli printing instills creative confidence in budding artists.


What makes monoprinting with kids so special is that it's so easy to do. And easy to clean up. But the big reveal — when the print is pulled —  is a magical moment!  Always a thrill!



Creating designs in wet paint on a gel plate has endless possibilities. Gelli printing provides great opportunities for discovering how colors work together and exploring mark-making.


The process invites a curious and open mind. Just look around — textures are everywhere!

Some favorites are bubble wrap, jar lids of various sizes (perfect for circles), pencil erasers, doilies, feathers, leaves, and string. For more great ideas, check out our earlier blog post — Gelli printing with DIY & Found Textures.


Small toy trucks with textured wheel treads — as seen through the eyes of a Gelli printer — become perfect patterned rollers! So take them for a test drive!


There's something so playful about the Gelli Student plate — you'll start seeing the printing possibilities in all sorts of small toys! Just be sure to wash them off before the paint dries :)

Look at some of the simple textured toys I found at the dollar store! Jackpot!!


Who doesn't love printing from nature! Leaves are a favorite — their detailed and delicate textures make the most beautiful ghost prints. And the shapes create dynamic masks. Nature provides some of the most exciting found materials for printmaking!





When printing items with fine details, like leaves and feathers — place them vein-side down into the paint for the best prints. That's where the texture is more prominent. You can pull an almost photographic ghost print!




Also, you'll find that thinner paper is easier to 'feel' around the edges of leaves on the first 'mask' prints. That's when you get the solid shape. Pulling that first print on an existing print or interesting paper always looks great. And layering a print with masked leaf shapes creates the most wonderful abstract quality.




There really are no mistakes! Have a print that isn't quite there yet? Print another layer right over it! Or add doodles, or collage. Or cut it up and use the snippets in various papercrafting projects! Endless uses!

If you like manipulating images in photo-editing software — nature prints make wonderful subjects! Here are a few prints I Photoshopped to increase the color saturation. Love those intense vibrant hues!



The paints used in the video demo are DecoArt's Americana and Dazzling Metallics. A little bit goes a long way! Mixing metallic colors with matte colors adds a nice glimmery touch and can add interest to prints.



Cutting copy paper in half gives you a perfect size paper for printing on the Student Plate! In addition to using copy paper — it's fun to use found papers, like old book pages, sheet music and other patterned papers. Your unique Gelli printed papers are great for any papercrafting project!




A Gelli® Student Gel Printing Plate Kit is like a party in a box! Open it up and let the fun begin!!

It's a beautiful thing to give the gift of fun and creativity — so keep the Gelli Kit in mind for birthday parties and other festive events! But really, who needs a special occasion? A Gelli printing party makes ANY day special!!




THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Winner is Art Educator M. Smith!!

One lucky winner will receive a set of THREE Gelli Student Kits — and the following supplies — ready for a Gelli Printing Party!!! So perfect for sharing the big WIN!!


The Gelli® Printing Party Pack Prize 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, April 26th 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, April 27th at noon EST



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!


Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

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! 

26 comments:

  1. Wow what a brilliant post, I love those leaf prints. I would love to have a play. Thanks for offering such an amazing prize..I'll keep my fingers crossed x

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  2. Awesome as usual! I'll have to steal a few of these ideas for my printmaking children's class on Sat. Thanks!

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  3. Awesome as usual! I'll have to steal a few of these ideas for my printmaking children's class on Sat. Thanks!

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  4. Excellent, great samples as ever xx Loving those dazzling metallics with those leaves, fabulous detail xxx

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  5. Excellent, great samples as ever xx Loving those dazzling metallics with those leaves, fabulous detail xxx

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  6. You make the best videos - I'm always inspired...:)

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  7. Fingers crossed 😊 great examples shown, can't wait to get my own plate to play with.

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  8. Wow! I love this---going to give this try. Thank you!

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  9. Amazing effects. I love how the veins popped out!!!

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  10. It's all SO exciting. Such wonderful ways to make images.

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  11. This is so cool, would love to try it!

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  12. You guys have such great ideas all the time! Wish these had been around when my kids were little. My special ed kids would love these!

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  13. I love the idea of your kits. Whether I win or not, I know my grand daughters will enjoy learning and having fun with this, one is 3 and the other is 11. Yes, we're gonna have a party. Love the ideas on the video too.

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  14. What a fantastic give away! Thank you for the chance to win and bravo to this whole post......great ideas! I loved reading every word of it and watching the video also. Thank you.......

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  15. Wonderful post! This set is exactly what I need to grow my teaching practice. I love gelliprints get and want to get everyone as addicted as I am.

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  16. OMG!! As I was reading this post I was trying to decide which of my 3 grandchildren I would share this with if I was lucky enough to win! I was super excited to see that there are THREE Gelli Plates in this awesome giveaway! I wouldn't have to choose who got the prize because they would each have one!! This would be so amazing because I am trying to instill the creative spirit in all of them and Gelli Plate printing is one of the funnest ways to make backgrounds that ROCK! We would make totes and many other fun things using these if we win!!! Thanks so much for the chance to dream of sharing the thrill of Gelli Plate printing with ALL of my sweet grandchildren! Fingers crossed!

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  17. Susch a great set! And so much inspiration again! I often start with something I saw here and end up with something completely different :) !

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  18. Amazing ideas and stunning kit!
    love the leaves...
    fantastic giveaway!

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  19. Thank you for all the ideas of how to get the novice started using the Gelli Plate.

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  20. I just love the leaf prints. We will be renting a cabin in the woods this summer and think this would be a great activity for the kids to do!

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  21. Thanks for the inspiration and as I am a GP fan I will sure join this Giveaway! Good luck.....

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  22. Wow, I have two daughters and they and they friends love to do crafts. I've never even seen a Gelli plate but love how easy it is for kids to use. Great ideas for using toys and other household products to make patterns.

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  23. My Grandchildren would love making prints!!

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  24. My grand-daughter loves it - we are both hooked - you can see my posts here showing what we made with the prints.

    http://mikeysglittergirl.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/gelli-printing-day-with-my-granddaughter.html

    http://mikeysglittergirl.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/gelli-printing-day-with-sophie-some-of.html

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  25. I meant to say on my post above that I have an 8 x 10 and two round ones and am thinking about getting Sophie the student one.

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  26. I love following all of the cool things that you can do with the Gelli plates! I just have one problem with your use of terminology. I have noticed the the term 'ghost print' is being used when pulling a print that is made from removing things like leaves from an inked plate and then pulling a print from that. Technically, that is not a 'ghost print' because it is not a second impression of that particular thing. A 'ghost print' comes from a second pull from an already spent plate which I have seen a lot of people do and refer to correctly. If you are going to be teaching students then it is a good thing to get the terms correct.

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Happy Printing!
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