Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printing Fun With Texture Blocks

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!
Today I want to show you how easy and fun it is to create your own texture blocks.

A while ago someone showed me a small block that had some stamps and (fabric) textures on each side. She found it at a fair and used it in her mixed media projects.
Of course my mind started spinning when I saw that.
I thought it would be pretty easy to create something like that myself and if I made it a little bigger it would be a perfect tool for Gelli® Printing!

So I went to the DIY store, picked a long beam (1 ¾” x 2 ¾” thick ( 6,8x4,4cm)) and had it cut into pieces sized at 4” (10cm) each.
Then I looked around in my studio and gathered a lot of stuff that would create great designs on the Gelli® plate.

I used heavy body gel medium (Matte Gel from Liquitex) to apply small objects to the blocks.  For objects covering the whole side of a block, I used strong double-sided adhesive tape (Crafty Power Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L).  Then I randomly added all kinds of textures to the blocks.

It didn’t take long to cover 4 blocks. Four blocks… that's 24 different textures! How cool is that?! With one block you have 6 textures in your hand! The print below was made with one texture block:

I feel so organized using these blocks. Instead of having big piles of printing material lying around my Gelli® plate, covering the whole table, I now have these blocks, which are also easy to store. And they look great too, especially once they get covered in layers of colorful paint!

Here are some examples of prints with the textures I used:

In total I have created 8 blocks now, that is 64 textures! Besides the examples I showed here you could use bubble wrap, dry wall tape, punchinella, cardboard (remove the top layer for a fun striped pattern, cut in shapes), paper clips, buttons, washers, wrinkled tin foil, fabric, elastic bands, plastic bottle caps, dried grasses (cover them with a thin layer of gel medium to make them last longer), lace…. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you can go to a dollar store or toy store and get really cheap pre-cut foam shapes and letters that are perfect to use. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some more prints made with the blocks created in this video:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you got inspired to create your own fabulous texture blocks.
Thank you for stopping by and I would love to hear what you would use. Please share your ideas with us, we would love to see pictures too! And make sure to check out our giveaway below which includes some fabulous texture blocks!

Birgit Koopsen

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 July 25th at noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page by 5:00PM EST the following day.

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, July 7, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printed Popsicle Mobile

Hi there! Its Marsha back again with another fun summer craft idea for kids!

Wouldn't it be fun to have these popsicles as decorations for a tropical party? You can add them to a bunting, send them as invites or you can create a colorful mobile like I did.

Here's how I created them-

Create a couple of fruity craft foam stamps.

Use adhesive backed craft foam or add double-sided adhesive to the back of plain craft foam. Adhere two pieces of foam on top of each other.

Draw shapes on the craft foam using an embossing tool or skewer. Then use scissors to cut the shapes out.

Adhere the shapes to a thicker craft foam and cut around the shapes.

Step 2:
Choose a couple of ice cream colored acrylic paints to work with and start painting!
Apply paint to the plate of your choice. I used the 5" x 7" Gelli® Plate. This meant that I could print twice on each sheet of my drawing paper, but you can of course cut the paper in half too.

Make marks with the DIY foam stamps and stamp the excess paint on the stamps off onto a spare sheet of paper or onto another print. 

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

Clean the foam stamps with a baby wipe or damp paper towel in between prints.

You'll need two prints of each design. The design doesn't have to be exactly the same, but you need a similar one for each side of the popsicle.

Step 3:
Cut each pair of prints out. Add more color and detail to the prints with colored pencils.

Step 4:

Apply a thin line of (temporary) glue on the edge of the back of one print and place the other one on top. Cut the prints into a popsicle shape.

Fold the prints open and adhere a nylon cord inside. Tape the thread down first, then fold the end up and secure that with a second piece of tape.

Adhere a craft stick onto the same popsicle side. Then apply glue to the other popsicle side and paste the two sides together.

Step 5:

Tie the popsicles to a metal hoop. Cover the metal hoop with washi tape.

Find the mobile a good place to hang, get a real popsicle and watch the paper popsicles dangle in the breeze!


Paper (160 g/m2 drawing paper)
Acrylic paint 
(Deco Art Americana, Dragon Fruit, Tangelo Orange, 
Yellow Light, Sea Aqua, Indian Turquoise, Wisteria)
Craft foam
Double-sided adhesive
Embossing tool or skewer
Craft sticks
Craft knife
Glue stick (Pritt)
(Washi) tape
Metal hoop (10”)
Nylon cord
Coloured pencils
Optional: a couple of beads

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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