Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Book Covers by Linda Brun



Hi! Linda here and I'm so happy to share my first project on the Gelli Arts® blog.

Today I want to show you a fun and easy way to create prints that can be used for handmade books or any other project your heart desires. Make sure you check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of my blog!


I’m starting by creating backgrounds, aka the first layer, printing on a 9”x12” Gelli® printing plate.
Choose the color paint you want to use.


I’m using a piece from a cardboard box as a printing tool to create texture, here you could use a stamp or another tool, it’s all up to you.


Press the cardboard piece firmly down into the paint and lift up.


To remove excess paint from the cardboard print tool, press it on another background to create a nice pattern.



When you are happy with the texture on the Gelli® plate, press the paper down. For the book covers, I’m using scrap paper from a local distributor. I’m creating several covers in various colors at the same time.



Now it’s time to decorate your backgrounds with leaf prints.
Note - A drop of black Gelli Arts® paint is enough. If you use a paint that dries fast--use a few drops of an extender to keep your paint wet longer.


Roll out the black paint and place the leaves down on the wet paint.
Cover the leaves with a sheet of parchment paper and rub firmly around the leaves.




When you pull the paper off, the contour of the leaves will show on the paper.


Remove the leaves from the plate and press one of your backgrounds down on the printing plate, rub firmly.  You will pick up what's left of your leaf print.




This is how it turned out on one of the covers.


Now it's time to add some collage to one of the backgrounds. Here you see various parchment paper prints you can work with.



I’m cutting and tearing the background papers - so they are the right size for the book covers.



I’m using fluid gel medium to glue the paper down.


Another way of picking up the leaf prints on your plate, is to let the leaf prints dry on your plate. Then add a thin layer of paint on top of the dry leaf prints. Then place one of your backgrounds on top of the wet paint and pull the print.  The prints of the dry leaves will be on your paper.



I’m using a brayer to add some extra pressure to the print before pulling the print.


Your book covers and signatures are now ready for binding.


I’m doing a long stitch binding, but you could do any kind of binding.



The books are all dressed up and ready for the art fair.


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Good Luck!

Linda

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Materials
      9" x 12" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
      Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, various colors
      Gelli Arts® 12" x 16” Parchment Paper
      Brayer

Others
      Some branches, ferns and leafs from the garden
      Heavy cardstock to print on that will be used as book covers
      Deli paper
      Printing paper

Optional
      Golden fluid gel medium to create collages on some of the book covers
      Needle and thread for binding
      Medium weight paper for signatures
      Metal ruler and scalpel to cut the covers to desired size


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46 comments:

  1. Gorgeous project!

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  2. Lovely prints! I have to remember to use leaves when I come home.

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    1. So happy you like it. Plants in general are great fun when monoprinting

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  3. Thanks for sharing!! I love the fern print and your project :)

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    1. Thank you Alicia, yes fern prints are great fun

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  4. Great prints thanks for the inspiraton!

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  5. Inspirational. I am off to the garden.

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    1. So glad you got inspired, have fun printing

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  6. I love these posts, giving us ideas of new and exciting ways to make prints. Thanks so much!

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  7. Love the leaves - Want to give this a try.

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    1. So happy you like it, hope to see your plant prints

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  8. I like the visual steps presented in the video as they make leaf printing a 'must try'...

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    1. Thank you, so happy you like the video

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  9. Clever technique and variations. Thanks. Look forward to more.

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  10. I am so impressed what you can do with your Gelli plate … I really have to work more I believe so it looks more prof. Thank you ever so much for all !!

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  11. Your book covers are beautiful. I love that you used real leaves. A very unique idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, real plants give each print its unique texture

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  12. your journals look so lovely and I love the idea of using actual leaves to make prints-TFS!

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  13. Wonderful techniques...Thank you for sharing

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  14. Linda, du er en fantastisk inspiration 😊 tillykke med at du er på Gelli arts blog. Der kan jeg godt forstår

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  15. A simple, thorough tutorial with stunning results!
    Appreciate all the work you put into this post. Thanks, Linda!

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    1. Thank you so much for very nice feedback, so glad you like it

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  17. I love making books. This is a great idea for covers and collage. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, so happy you like it 😄

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  18. Great video. I love the technique. Now its my turn. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, happy you like it. Please share with us if you have a go

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  19. Loved this blog post and video tutorial--you make it seem so very easy to get such a great layered look to your prints!

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  20. Your books using the prints are wonderful and the instructions good. Thanks

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  21. Love your covers! All together are very nice! Thanks to share video and photos!

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    1. Thank you, your comment makes me happy

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  22. Nice post. So creative, I love it. 🙂
    Following you! Follow back?

    www.minnieart.blogspot.com

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