Monday, October 23, 2017

Printing Single Prints with Multiple Layers with a Gelli Arts® Printing Plate!

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here and today I’m showing you how you can create multiple layers in one single print!

To do this, you need a Gelli Arts® gel printing plate (any size works), some fluid acrylic paints, a mixing white acrylic paint (optional), a brayer, some (foam) stamps, stencils and texture plates.

Start with spreading a few colors of paint on the plate. You can cover the whole plate, like I do in the video, but you can also leave parts uncovered and come back there later. This will be the background color in your final print.

Take a texture plate or a stamp and use it to lift up paint from one area and transfer it to another area. If you start in the darker colors you can transfer them to the lighter areas.

If you don’t want the paint of your next layer to mix with the first layer, or if you are afraid you might smear them, then it is a good idea to let the different layers dry in between.

Now take a texture plate or a stamp and add paint to it using your brayer. Stamp the new color on top of your first layer.

Continue doing this for several layers, in a variety of colors and patterns.

You can also take a stencil and add paint in the open areas using a make-up sponge.

When you are done with all the layers make sure to let the paint dry for a couple of minutes.

Then take another color, or the mixing white like I did, and cover the whole plate with a thin layer. Make sure this layer is really thin. If there is too much paint you will only pull the top layer and not the layers underneath.

Place a sheet of paper (I used regular printing paper but you can use any paper you like) on top of the wet paint right away. You don’t want this layer to dry!

Rub firmly, then carefully remove the paper and all the layers will be pulled in one go.

Note: Don’t rub too long, if the paint dries before pulling the print the paper will stick to the plate and tear when lifting it up.

The following prints are all made with this technique.

I hope you like this tutorial and are inspired to try it yourself.
We would love to see what you create! Please share using #gelliarts

Happy printing!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Printing with the New Gelli Arts® Stamping & Printing Kit

Hi there! It’s Marsha here. Have you tried Gelli Arts® gel printing with Distress Oxide inks? It’s super fun! I’m going to share a couple of fun stamping and printing techniques with you featuring the new Gelli Arts® Stamping & Printing Kit!

Distress Oxide is a water-based dye & pigment ink mix that creates watercolor and chalky oxidized effects when sprayed with water. Prints made with Distress Oxide inks are matte and resemble soft pastel once dry. The same process can be done using Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints which are included in the new kits.

Regular stamping inks tend to bead up when applied to the slick surface of the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate. Distress Oxides can bead up too, but it’s minimal, especially when you use a brayer to roll out the ink on the plate.

The ink has a long open time on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate. This means you can really go to town with composition and multiple layers with just one application of ink. It’s easy!

It also means that you can go through a lot of paper fast, so make sure you have a nice stack of paper ready and within reach before you start!

The Gelli Arts® Stamping & Printing Kit is one of six new project kits available. The kit includes everything you need to print, including a 5”x5” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, a brayer and three bottles of the new Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint.

Step 1
Take the foam sheets from the kit. Draw designs in the foam with a ballpoint pen.

Step 2
Cut out the designs: these are your stamps!

If you like your stamps to have a bit more grip, then you can adhere them to a scrap of cardboard. Clean the stamps with a damp cloth or rinse them with water and you can use them over and over.

Step 3
Save the extra cut pieces and use them to create a texture plate!

Cut out petal or leaf shapes and adhere them to a foam sheet or chipboard.

Step 4
Apply Distress Oxide ink to the 5”x5” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate by dabbing the ink pad directly on the plate. Roll the ink evenly out on the plate with a brayer.

Step 5
Use the punchinella and bubble wrap from the kit to create fun backgrounds.

Distress Oxide ink stays wet on plastic surfaces. Place inky punchinella or bubble wrap on top of an inked up gel printing plate or stamp off the excess ink on a previous print.

Step 6
Use your handmade foam stamps and texture plate to make marks. Lift color from the plate with a dry texture plate. Or mist the stamp with water before you push it down on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and see what happens!

Ink up your stamp with a different color ink and stamp images on the gel printing plate before pulling a print.

Try using Distress Oxide on Gelli Arts® gel printing plates: the possibilities are endless! Please share results with us in the comments!

Have fun with your new Stamping & Printing Kit from Gelli Arts®!

Gelli Arts® Stamping & Printing Kit

Ranger Distress Oxide (Cracked Pistachio, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade)
Paper (I used drawing paper)
Spray bottle filled with water
Ballpoint pen

Cardboard scraps

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