Thursday, November 8, 2018

Artist Inspired Gelli Arts® Collage by Linda Brun

Linda Brun here! Today I want to share a very personal project with you.

This spring I saw the film IRIS for the first time. It is a documentary about Iris Apfel. This is what is written about the movie: "IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian, Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed, 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades."

I'm not a person in to either fashion or accessories, but I do get inspired by colors, patterns, and textures. I love people with strong personalities and those that have a mind of their own. After watching this movie, I think Iris Apfel is one of those people. I was blown away by the colors, shapes, and patterns she uses in everything around her. I made lots of sketches for this project, bought her book, and really dived in to her fantasy world of colors and shapes. This is the result of the first piece and I hope I will be able to channel further works in different colors.

First, I did a bit of research and sketching until I found what I wanted to use for this piece. The shape in my finished collage is inspired by the black and silver combination in this picture.

I made loads of collage paper with various patterns and kept it in the color families of yellow/orange, blue/green, and black/brown.

Below is the step-by-step on how I made most of the papers used in this collage. I also used some leftover prints from other projects.

Use a small amount of acrylic paint on the Gelli® plate. Here I’m mixing white and yellow. Use a brayer to evenly spread the paint on the plate. Lay down a stencil on top of the paint and then a sheet of parchment paper on top of that.

Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper goes transparent when used with gel medium, so it's perfect for layering in a collage.

Firmly rub over the parchment paper with your hand and pull away the paper. Leave the paper to dry for later use. Remove the stencil and add a new layer of paint with your brayer.

Add a piece of white paper and pull a print. I’ve done the same with other colors on the images below.

Time to start on the collage! I reused a 60x80cm canvas I started on last year, but never finished. It was perfect for this job. I’ve mostly done collage on paper, so this was a new thing. It was fun to work on!

Here you can see some of the steps from start to finish. I used a pencil to draw the shape and then painted around the shape with black acrylic paint. Then I added layers of collage paper with gel medium on to the shape. The first layer is a combination of prints done on white paper and parchment paper.

I used black prints to define each shape within the larger shape. I added gel medium to the substrate because it adds an extra layer on top of the paper. I kept layering until I was happy with the results. At the end, I added the brown printed collage paper on to the black paint to bring life to the background.

I worked on this project for several weeks, allowing for reflection and drying time in between layers. Here is the finished piece all ready to hang on the wall!

Thanks for stopping by!

Gelli Arts®:
• Gelli Arts® 9" x 12" Gel Printing Plate
• Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
• Gelli Arts® 12" x 16” Parchment Paper
• Gelli Arts® Brayer

• Canvas
• Golden Fluid Matte Medium
• Stencils and Texture Objects
• Printing Paper
• Pencil

• Extra Monoprinted Papers
• Tissue paper

© 2018 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gelli Arts® -- Collage on Wood using Solvent Ink Pads

Hi there! It's Marsha here today to show you a way to use your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate with something new --- Solvent Ink Pads. I won't be using acrylic paint or a brayer! :)

I love stamping, and my most used ink is StazOn, a solvent-based ink that is permanent, fast-drying, and suitable for many different surfaces.

Solvent ink can be used on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate too. You may need to use a drop of baby oil to clean it off your plate and it may leave stains, but any discoloration will not affect the performance of your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate at all.

Though the ink dries fast on the paper you print on, it doesn't dry that fast on the gel printing plate. Which means you can use the longer open time to your advantage.

I love to use solvent ink on wood, plastic, and glass. I especially like that any prints I make with solvent ink are 100% waterproof.

I've chosen to work on a 5.9" x 7.87" wood panel and I'm printing with the 3" x 5" Gelli Arts® gel printing plate mounted on an acrylic block.

Please note that you do not need a store-bought wooden panel. You can also use a sheet of chipboard or, if you like the look of woodgrain, plywood or a scrap of wood with a smooth, flat surface would also work.

Step 1:
Start by placing your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate on your acrylic block. Apply solvent ink to your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate by tapping the pad onto your plate.

Place a stencil on top and remove any ink from the openings using a sheet of paper.

Lift the paper. Leave the stencil in place and apply a different color of ink in the openings of the stencil.

Lift the stencil and press the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate inked side down on your substrate (in this case it is my wood). Lift the gel printing plate.

Repeat with different color combinations until you are happy with the results.

Step 2:
Seal the prints and the wood with a layer of gloss medium. I'm using a gloss medium that doubles as a varnish. As an alternative, you could use decoupage glue.

Leave the wood panel to dry completely.

Step 3:
Place the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate of your choice on a smooth flat surface. In this step, I'm using the 8" x 10" Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

Take a stack of printer paper and/or deli paper to make a bunch of collage prints.

Apply solvent ink to your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate by tapping the ink pad onto your plate. Make sure you don't see any harsh lines from the edges of the ink pads.

Place a stencil on top of the gel printing plate and remove the ink from the openings using a sheet of paper.

Lift the paper and the stencil to pull a print on another sheet of paper. Or, apply a different color of ink in the openings of the stencil, lift it, and pull a print.

Most times there is enough ink left on the plate to pull a second, and sometimes even a third, print.

Repeat the process until you have a nice stack of collage prints to choose from. Remember to clean the plate with a drop of baby oil whenever you want to use a different color.

Step 4:
Sketch your focal image.

Step 5:
Trace the sketch onto your collage paper using a (colored) pencil.

Step 6:
Cut out the image. Erase any pencil marks that are left over on the image. Cut out any accessories or details that you want to add to the main image too.

Step 7:
Adhere the details to the main shape before you adhere the entire image to your panel.

I'm using regular white glue to adhere my details, and I'm using gloss medium under and on top of the entire image to adhere it to the wooden panel.

Make sure the image is adhered entirely flat. You do not want to leave any visible air pockets.

Leave the image to dry completely.

Step 8:
Use colored pencils or paint markers to add finishing touches like outlines, shadows, and doodles. You can also add more collage elements.

Set the panel aside. Once all the adhesive has had a chance to dry thoroughly, it's time to find your Gelli Arts® gel printed mixed media collage panel a spot in your home!

Happy November!

Gelli Arts®:
8" x 10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
3" x 5" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper

Acrylic Block
Wood Panel (5.9" x 7.87")
Printer Paper
Solvent Ink Pads (Tsukineko StazOn)
Stencils (StencilGirl® Products)
Gloss Medium and Varnish (Liquitex)
Colored Pencils
White Paint Marker

© 2018 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gelli Arts® String Pull Gel Prints by Tania Ahmed

Hi! Tania here and today I am going to show you a technique that uses string pulling to give you some cool results in your prints!

Step 1
In a container, mix acrylic paint and water. I am using Gelli Arts® Sunbeam paint as I love how it pops against the background colors I will be using.

Step 2
Cut a piece of string. The size of the string will depend on the size of your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and the design you would like to create. Dip the string in the container and push it down in the paint. You might need to add more water. Adjust according to the absorbency of your string. Put the container aside.

Step 3

Add acrylic paint to your gel plate as normal with a brayer. This will be your background.

Step 4
Add texture to the plate with mini tools or bubble wrap. You can choose to not add texture, but I think it adds additional interest to the print.

Step 5
Lay the string on the wet paint making swirls and loops to create your design. Leave a piece of string hanging over the edge of the plate to help pull it off easily.

Optional: You can press the string down gently into the plate where needed if it hasn't made complete contact.

Tip: Try with simpler designs in the beginning.

Step 6
Slowly start pulling the string in a downward direction. The string should continue to stay in contact with the plate. The paint from the string will be left behind on the plate.

Step 7
Pull the print. I am using a brayer to get even pressure across the back of the paper.

Step 8
Admire your cool print!

Try this process over and over again with different color combinations!

Thanks for stopping by! Share your results with us by tagging @gelliarts on Instagram!

-Gelli Arts® 5"x7" Gel Printing Plate
-Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
-Gelli Arts® Brayer
-Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools
-Bubble Wrap

© 2018 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing With Felt Markers by Birgit Koopsen

Hi there, it’s Birgit here and today I have a fun, simple, and cheap technique for you that would be great to do with kids too!

Make sure to check out the giveaway at the end of my blog!

I have tried a variety of different felt tip markers - from very cheap to quite expensive, they all work fine. The biggest difference is in the size of the tip. Thicker tips are better for coloring; smaller tips are better to draw finer lines. A combination of different sizes would be best. Other than that, there are no real differences between the brands. You can mix and match them as you want.

Printing with felt tip markers is very simple. You just start drawing and coloring on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate. The inks will not dry so you can take your time. To create backgrounds, simple shapes like circles, work well.

If needed, you can clean your felt tip marker by drawing some lines on a sheet of paper.

Keep adding colors and lines around and on top of the shapes you started with.

When you’re ready, place paper on top to pull the print.

It is also possible to print in layers. Start with creating a background, following the previous steps.

Then start a new drawing, add some marks too, and print it on top of the first print.

Or you can add some (distressed) texture by stamping into colored shapes on the gel plate.

From there just follow the steps like before and add more colors, line and marks.

I really like the unique texture you get from printing with felt tips, which you would never achieve by coloring on the paper directly.

Here are a few tips to note before you begin: Your plate needs to be dry (no wet remaining from cleaning) and not greasy when doing this technique. On newer, very clean gel plates the inks might bead together more. You can wash your gel plate with dish detergent and dry it with a paper towel and it will be ready to go. Test out different markers on the corner of your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate before using.  Even if the markers dry on your plate, you will be able to remove the marks with baby wipes.

Thank you for watching and please share your prints with us on IG by tagging @gelliarts in your posts! We would love to see what you create!

Happy printing!
Birgit x

Gelli Arts® gel printing plate
Felt Tip markers

© 2018 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

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