Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gelli Arts® Vegetable Prints

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog, today we are lucky to have Birgit Koopsen sharing a new project idea with us!

You probably all have seen or made prints using natural material like twigs, leaves and even flowers. But have you ever thought of Gelli® Printing with vegetables? It is so much fun and also a great thing to do with your kid!

Start by cutting all the vegetables so they are ready to use. Of course you can cut off only the parts you need for printing and use the rest for dinner. As soon as you start cutting your room will smell as if you’re making soup, yummy! So just plan to eat soup on the day you do vegetable Gelli® Printing. Two birds with one stone, right?! 

Watch the video here and then find some more ideas in the pictures below:

As you saw in the video I started with making simple patterns using cabbage. I’ve cut the cabbage both at the top and at the bottom, which gave me 2 very different “tools.” One big “flower” with lots of details and one smaller that looks like iregular nesting circles. I wrapped some packaging tape around the cabbage leaves so they wouldn’t fall apart.

By repeating the shapes you can create simple but interesting, organic patterns and I really like them.

Also in the video I used paprika. If you cut it at the top, close to the stem, it will give you a nice big flower pattern.

Celery also creates beautiful flowers when using the end part. The sticks create a fun half moon shape, which is fun to create smaller patterns with. You can also bind two sticks together with some packaging tape to create yet another pattern.

By combining vegetables like onion and celery, or adding herbs like thyme, you can create a complete “painting” of flower bulbs with flowers. These are my favorite prints and they are so easy and quick to make. If you are using regular acrylic paint instead of open acrylics then you can add a few drops of slow-dri blending medium so you have a bit more time to create a nice composition.

Aren’t they just beautiful? I like them so much that I think they are worth framing, what do you think?

Now, I hear you thinking… will the vegetables affect my Gelli® Plate, will they make the plate smell bad?
No, they don’t. Not even the onion! I cleaned my Gelli® Plate after printing with a baby wipe and it doesn’t smell at all.

So you are good to go and I hope this post inspires you to look differently at vegetables when grocery shopping.
Have fun creating unique, organic prints and I hope to see you again next month for more Gelli® Printing fun!

Happy printing!

Products Used:

8" x 10" Gelli® Printing Plate

PS: 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!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gelli® Printed Diamond Kite

Hi there! My name is Marsha Valk and I’m excited to share this simple diamond kite! It is easy to make, fun to create and also loads of fun to play with once it’s done!

First decide on how tall you want your kite to be. This determines the length of the dowels you’ll need and also the measurements of the paper needed to create the sail.

For a diamond kite you need two wooden dowels with a fixed size ratio of 3:2. The kite paper I used happened to be a little over 27.5” tall, so I used a small hand saw to trim my long dowel to 27.5” and then my short dowel automatically had to have a length of 18.33”.

Cut a little notch in each end of the dowels. This is where the string will be attached later on.

I trimmed my paper sheet down to slightly larger than 27.5” x 18.33”. Kite paper is a translucent glossy lightweight paper and you can easily substitute it with deli paper or even something like newspaper.

Mark makers and printing plates:
I wanted the kite to have stars and stripes. So I went to look for mark making tools that could make stripes or stars.

The stripes were easy enough: stripped corrugated cardboard, a handmade foam stamp and the  Gelli® Arts Square Edge Tools would do the trick. I also created a broad striped printing plate by adhering a couple of craft sticks to a piece of cardboard.

The stars were a bit harder to find, so I created my own stamps by drawing simple stars on thick craft foam and then cutting them out with scissors. The stencil was made by drawing stars on a transparency and then cutting the insides out with scissors. I found the stars roller stamp at a local store (HEMA), but you can easily make something similar yourself. The sequins will act as a mask.

Apply acrylic paint to the Gelli® plate of your choice. I used the 5" x 5Student Plate.

Make marks with the stars and stripes tools. You’ll only need a thin layer of paint for each print. Too much paint will buckle the paper. Be sure to clean the plate and the brayer when you switch to another paint color.

Watch my video to get a better idea of how I did it! 

Because of the translucent nature of the paper, it’s easy to see where you print and there is no need to turn the entire sheet over after each print. You can stamp off your stamps and stencils on the backside of the paper. These images will shine through to the front of the paper when it’s done!

Once you’ve got the whole paper covered, you can add some stenciling or more stamped images on top.

Assemble the kite:
Tape the two wooden dowels together with strips of duct tape, as tight as possible. The short dowel should be placed at exactly 1/3 of the long dowel (in my case at 9.2” from the top).

Run the string along the notches in the dowels. Start at the bottom and end with a little knot.

Reinforce the knot with tape if necessary. Place the kite frame on top of the paper. Cut the sail slightly larger than the kite frame. Add glue to the seam and fold it over.

Attach a flying line to the kite and add a tale made of ribbon, fabric or paper strips. Or add a length of string with paper or fabric bows every 16”.

The kite is ready to fly! Go outside and find out if it will sail!Not into diamond kites? Or do you want to make a different kind of kite? No problem! You can use Gelli® printed kite paper with any type of kite building method you want!


Gelli® Arts:

Transparent paper (Folia) or deli paper
Acrylic paint (Galeria)
Wooden dowel or bamboo sticks 1/4” wide
Hand saw
Craft foam
Star shaped sequins
Star stamp roller (HEMA)
Craft sticks
Glue stick (Pritt)
Cosmetic sponge
Duct tape

PS: 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!



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