Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pimp Your Apron with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!
It’s Birgit here and today I want to show you how you can easily pimp your apron in a few steps. And… NO sewing involved, everybody can do this!!

So, let’s start with what you need.
I used the Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit which includes almost everything you need. A Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, a brayer, a variety of patches, acrylic paints, fabric medium and printing materials. Besides that, I used the small round plate from the mini shapes set and some additional Gelli Arts® acrylic colors.

I started with adding color to the patches using the gel plate from the kit.

Then I applied the small round plate to an acrylic block and added a white circle to every printed patch. I printed 2 layers for a nice coverage.

I let the white paint dry and then added colors on top of the white circles, again using the small round plate.

After that I used the printing material from the kit to add a variety of texture and patterns to the printed circles.

When all the paint was really dry, I ironed fusible web on the reverse side of the patches (follow instructions on the packaging) and then cut the patches if necessary to the right size.

I made a nice composition on the apron and when I was satisfied I ironed the patches with the fusible web back to the apron.

I started at the top of the pockets to make sure I got it all lined up nicely.

After applying all the patches I decided it needed something more and I created a “lace” border at the top of the patches using a foam stamp and acrylic paint.

I finished the apron by adding faux stitching using a paint marker.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see your gelli printed aprons!

Wishing you happy Holidays and a colorful, creative and inspirational 2018!


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All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Lantern

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a touch of ‘hygge’ to brighten up a corner of your home! This star lantern is a fun craft project that is easy to make and perfectly suitable for kids too.

Step 1:
Choose two or three of your favourite paint colours and start printing. You need at least two 8.5” x 11” Gelli prints to create 11 pentagon shapes that are about 3.5” x 3.5” in size.

Try not to cover the entire paper with paint. Leave some white spots for the light to shine through later on.

You can achieve this by pulling ghost prints or for instance by removing paint from the plate before pulling a print:

Apply acrylic paint to the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. Roll it out on the plate with a brayer. Place a stencil on top of the paint and then a sheet of (parchment) paper. Use the thin paper to remove the paint from the open parts of the stencil. Remove the stencil and pull a print with your paper.

You don’t have to cover your paper in one go either. Pull partial prints and layer them if you like.

Step 2
Create a pentagon template to help you cut the paper into identical pentagon shapes.

Print an image of a regular pentagon. Make sure you print it at a size of about 3.5” x 3.5”. Resize it if you want a smaller or a more substantial lantern.

Trace the pentagon image onto a scrap of chipboard. Use a craft knife and a metal ruler to cut along the lines of the pentagon on the chipboard.

Step 3
Use the template as a guide to cut 11 identical pentagons.

Step 4
Mark the middle of each side of each pentagon with a pencil.

Step 5:
Score a line from one pencil mark to the next one and repeat for each of the pencil marks.

Step 6:
Fold the score lines.

Step 7:
Use a brush to apply vegetable oil to the back of the Gelli printed pentagons.

The paper will absorb the oil, and this will give the prints a translucent quality. Blot any excess oil with a paper towel and leave the pentagons to dry, preferably overnight.

Step 8:
Start with the bottom pentagon of your star lantern. Place it printed side down. Apply glue to one of the flaps on the printed side.

Take another pentagon and apply glue to the blank side of one of the flaps. Adhere the two pentagons together.

Move on to the next side of the bottom pentagon and repeat until you’ve attached a pentagon to all five sides.

Step 9:
For the second row adhere one new pentagon to each previously attached pentagon, but make sure to glue each new pentagon to the exact same side of each previous pentagon. Like this:

Step 10:
Now adhered all the remaining flaps.

Step 11:
Glue the five remaining loose flaps to the inside edge of the star lantern.

Step 12:
The folded lantern looks cute as is, but the real magic happens when it gets dark. Switch on a LED tealight, place it inside the lantern and… enjoy!

Happy Festive Season!

Gelli Arts®:
8" x 10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Ladder Stencil - Designed to print with 5x7 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Ladder Stencil - Designed to print with 8x10 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Flower Stencil - Designed to print with 5x7 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Flower Stencil - Designed to print with 8x10 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Bead Stencil - Designed to print with 5x7 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Bead Stencil - Designed to print with 8x10 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Classic Colors (Deep Jungle, Snowbound)
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Bright Colors (Freshwater, Snowbound)
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper

Chipboard scrap
Metal ruler
Craft knife
Embossing stylus
Vegetable oil
Glue stick

Optional: protractor

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All rights reserved.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gelli Arts® - Printing with Leaves - 3 Ways

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here and today I’m going to show you 3 ways of printing with leaves.
Because it’s fall and there is plenty of printing material available!

I love printing with leaves! It is very simple but also very satisfying as it is almost impossible to go wrong!

The only things you need are paper, acrylic paint and a good handful of leaves.

First start with printing a bunch of colorful backgrounds.

Then place a sheet of paper (same size as your printing paper) underneath your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate so you can line up your paper with that later.

Way 1 – single print:
Step 1:
Cover the plate with paint. Not too thick because then you will lose the details.

Step 2:
Create a composition with the leaves

Step 3: place a sheet of printer paper on top to remove all the 
paint around the leaves.

Step 4: remove the printer paper and the leaves.

Step 5: place a sheet of colorful background paper on top of the remaining paint and pull the print.

Way 2 – double print:
Repeat step 1 and 2 of the single print.

Step 3: Place a sheet of colorful printed background paper on top of the leaves. Make sure to line your paper up with the paper that is underneath the plate. Rub firmly, then remove the paper.

Step 4: remove the leaves.

Step 5: place the sheet you just printed back on the plate, lining it up again with paper underneath the plate. Pull the print.

Way 3 – ghost print:
Repeat step 1 to 4 of the single print.

Step 5: let the paint dry.

Step 6: apply a thin layer of paint on top of the dried paint.

Step 7: place a sheet of 
paper on the plate, rub firmly and pull the print.

Here are additional prints!  Enjoy!!

Thank you for watching! I hope you enjoyed the video and that you got inspired to go out and find yourself some beautiful leaves to play with!

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