Friday, March 23, 2018

Resist Printing with Gelli Arts® Plates, Books, and Magazines

Hi it’s Birgit here! Today I will show you how you can use old book pages and all kinds of (old and new) magazines for resist printing. It is a very unpredictable technique and it does not always work. But isn’t unpredictable kind of the charm of gel printing!?

I will try to explain with as much detail as possible how to get this to be a success!

What happens when you do resist printing is that some of the ink on the paper you are using to create the image will resist the acrylic paint on the gel plate. This means that the paper is not picking the paint up from the plate but leaving paint behind in certain areas.

The leftover paint on your plate is the resisted image that you can now pull.

You could pull it straight away, but I prefer to pull the print with a second layer of paint, like a ghost print. This allows you to add more colors to the print.

Most of the outcome depends on the paper you use to create the resist.

There is no way I can tell you which paper works and which does not. You can’t see or feel it, at least not in a way I have figured out yet.

I have used paper from old books like an encyclopedia from 1978 to brochures that I got in the mail and magazines that I bought recently. Some were glossy, some were matte, or something in between. I had all 3 of them work fine, but also all 3 of them from other magazines with no result at all.  The only way to find out is try and experiment, fail and succeed. It will be fun and it will be worth it!

The second thing that is important is the amount of paint you use to create the resist!

You need a thin layer, because a thick layer will leave too much paint behind on the plate in the areas that would not resist the paint, and it will not give you a nice print.
On the other hand, the layer should also not be too thin because the paper will always pick up some paint, even in the resist areas, and there has to be some paint to leave behind.

Again, this is a matter of trying and experimenting. Every paint brand is different; circumstances in the room are not the same in the Netherlands as they are in other parts of the world.

The third important thing is the amount of paint you use to pick up the resisted image from the gel plate.
Again, this has to be a very thin layer. If you use too much paint, your paper will only pick up the top layer and not lift the image from the plate.

In general I would say that it has to be so thin that you can just see the image shining through.

A good reference to see if you use the right amount of paint is that when you pull the final print, your gel plate should be totally clean, which means your paper picked up all of the paint! If there is still paint on the plate, then chances are that you used too much paint.

And finally, about the paint. I had really good results with fluid paints and soft body to medium body paints. Not so much with heavy body. I used Gelli Arts® premium acrylics, DecoArt Media, DecoArt Premium, and Amsterdam Standard. They all worked fine.

Use paints that dry relatively fast. You need the resist image to dry completely before pulling it so open paints will make you wait for ages.

When you start experimenting, my advice is to use darker colors for the resist image and lighter/brighter colors to pull the print.

One more thing, for this technique it is best to work with a clean plate. Although I usually like to leave leftovers on the plate to be pulled in a next print, with this technique you don’t get good resist if there is leftover paint.

Now let’s do some printing:
Roll out a thin layer of one or more colors on the plate, make sure you have a nice and even layer.

Place the image you want to “transfer’’ right side down on the plate and rub firmly. This page comes from an old encyclopedia.

Carefully lift up the paper. Then let the transferred image dry well.

When the image is dry, add new paint to the plate. Take as many colors as you like, but make sure that you spread out only a thin layer. You can see here how the image shines through.

Now place a sheet of paper on top right away (don’t let the paint dry), rub firmly, and pull the print.
If you have used the right amount of paint your plate will be clean and you will have a beautiful print.

For the next one I used an image from a fashion magazine.
I followed the same steps, but this time before the paint of the transferred image dried on the gel plate I took an Art Printing plate and added texture to some solid paint areas. Pushing a stamp or texture plate into the paint will remove some paint when lifting it up, which creates beautiful texture.

Another way to add texture to your print is using patterned paper or book paper to print on. Here I used music paper to pull the final print and I love the effect!

Here are some more prints:

In these last prints I not only used a stamp to remove paint and create texture but I also stamped with new colors straight on the plate with the resist image, let everything dry and then pulled the print with a second layer of paint.

Have fun exploring this technique! We would love to see what you create so please share!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gelli Arts® Design Team Call!

Do you love everything about printmaking?

Are you addicted to Gelli Arts®?
Are you passionate about being creative?
Do you want to be part of a creative team to share your mixed media tips and techniques?

We invite you to join our new team!
We are looking for eight (8) artists to become Gelli Arts® Brand Ambassadors and share your printmaking tips and techniques with the world! 

Designer Responsibilities:

  • Provide one (1) new project tutorial (including video and step-by-step instructions) every two (2) months for the Gelli Arts® blog. We love to see innovative printing techniques that we can showcase!
  • Participate in monthly themed challenges.
  • Place the Gelli Arts® Buy Button on your website/blog where you will receive 10% for all sales generated with a special promotional code.
  • Promote Gelli Arts® work on your social media - #gelliarts
  • Review new products and provide feedback as needed.
Designer Benefits:
  • A Gelli Arts® Brand Ambassador Starter Pack which includes:
    • (1) Classic Paint Set and (1) Bright Paint Set
    • (1) Mini Printing Tools
    • (1) Kit of your selection
    • (1) Brayer
    • (1) Mini Printing Plates
    • (1) 9"x12"
    • (1) 4" or 8" Round
    • Parchment Paper
    • Assortment of objects for printing (stencils, bubble wrap, punchinella, eyelash yarn, etc.)
    • Gelli Arts® Apron
  • Cross promotion of you, your art, and your ideas on our Social Media platforms regularly.
  • Work with partnering companies in the industry to cross promote our products through blog hops and challenges!
  • 10% for all sales generated with your special promotional code.
  • Participate in live social media programs teaching specific techniques.
  • We will sponsor giveaways and challenges that you come up with to share your Gelli Arts® love! 
  • Are you a teacher? We love to support your teaching opportunities.
How Do You Submit?
  • Provide the following information:
    • Name:
    • Mini Bio - What makes you uniquely YOU!:
    • Website/Blog:
    • Facebook (# of friends/likes - personal & business if applicable):
    • Instagram (# of followers):
    • Twitter (# of followers):
    • YouTube (# of subscribers):
    • Provide minimum of three (3) projects you have created featuring printmaking - If you have instructions and/or video please share that too!
    • Tag us on Facebook and Instagram (@gelliarts) on any projects you want us to see! Use the hashtag: #GelliArtsDTCall too! This is your time to print and shine your creative light!
  • Entries due by March 30, 2018
  • Email projects to: Tracy Weinzapfel

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Create a Fabric Book with the Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a fun project you can make with the Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit.

The Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit includes everything you need to create fun fabric patches to embellish your jeans, jackets and backpacks: a 5”x5” Gelli Arts® printing plate, three colors of Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, fabric medium, a Gelli Arts® mini comb, a 4” roller, fabric squares, iron-on tape, parchment paper, bubble wrap, yarn and punchinella.

But wait, there is more you can do with your printed fabric squares! How about creating a fun mini book?!

In addition to the contents of the kit, you will only need extra fabric, fusible web interfacing plus sewing and embroidery equipment.

Start with gel printing all of your patches. I used the 4” fabric squares from the kit and as well as about ten white cotton squares from my fabric stash.

Pre-wash and iron the fabric before printing. The paint will grab the cotton fibers a lot better when all sizing is washed out.

Place two pea-sized drops of acrylic paint on your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and one drop of fabric medium. Roll the drops out on the plate with your roller and make sure you mix them well in the process.

If you are using a fabric medium from your own stash, follow the instructions on the bottle to make sure you are mixing the correct amount of paint/medium for the best result.

Press a texture tool into the paint. Use the 3-sided Gelli Arts® mini comb to create stripes, the bubble wrap to make a circle pattern, and the yarn to form fun organic shapes.

Lay a fabric patch on top of the plate and cover with a thin piece of (parchment) paper.  Press with your hands to transfer the paint to the fabric.

Remove the paper and the fabric patch. Leave your gel printed fabric patch to dry.

Cut hand-drawn shapes out of parchment or printer paper to create masks and stencils. Keep the designs simple-you can always add stitched lines and details later on.

Wipe the plate clean with a damp cloth or a baby wipe whenever you want to change your paint color. Or you can try to pull a ghost print with the paint left on the plate!

You can even cut masks out of punchinella for a super fun effect.

Leave all of your gel printed fabric patches to dry entirely before heat setting the fabric for 30 seconds with an iron.

Consult the label of your fabric medium if you are using a different kind than included in the Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit.

Be sure to protect your ironing board with a cloth or parchment paper when ironing the patches. This will prevent the paint from accidentally staining the cover.

Cut fusible web to squares slightly smaller than 4” x 4”.

Place the rough side of a fusible web square on the wrong side of one of the fabric patches and iron for about 5 seconds. Repeat until all the gel printed patches are backed with fusible web.

To create the fabric mini book, you will need five 4.7" x 9" white cotton fabric strips for the pages and two strips of 5" x 12" for the covers.

Create a total of eleven 4” x 4” square designs to iron onto the fabric strips: ten for the inner pages and one for the cover.

Remove the backing from the fusible web and iron all of your fabric elements onto the base fabric. Use a damp cloth to protect your fabric from direct contact with your iron.

Hand-stitch the edges of the appliques and add decorative lines or details. Search the web or consult a book on needlework for a variety of stitches to try.

Keep going until you are satisfied with all of your pages!

Match up the two 5" x 12” strips of fabric (one with patch, one without patch).

Fold all of your inner pages, wrong sides together, and place them inside of the cover to see how much of the 12” length you need to trim. Cut the cover fabric to size.

Take the cover strip without the patch. Fold it in half. You can mark the center with a disappearing ink pen or pencil if you want. Mark the middle of the wrong side of each of the inner pages too.

(Machine) Stitch the pages to the ‘spine’ of the cover strip without the patch, one at a time.

Start with the third page: the page you want to appear in the middle of the book. Place it, folded open, with the wrong side up, on top of the cover strip of fabric. Line up the marks in the center (use pins if needed) and stitch the page to the spine.

Now stitch around the page to hide the two wrong sides of the fabric.

Repeat for all of the pages.

Back the cover strip with the patch with fusible web. Remove the backing from the fusible web. Place the cover fusible web side up, and place the fabric book on top. Match up both cover strips.

Carefully iron the back cover for about 5 seconds and then repeat for the front cover. Use a damp cloth to protect your fabric if needed.

Blanket stitch along the edges of the cover to finish your fabric book!

Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit

Printer paper
White cotton fabric
Fusible web (Bondaweb, Vliesofix, Heatnbond)
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle


Paper-piercing tool

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