Thursday, July 19, 2018

Image Tracing on Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates with Copic Markers

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog. It’s Birgit here today and I have a fun new technique for you that allows you to trace images using your gel printing plate.

You need:
A Gelli Arts® gel printing plate (any size that suites you), a brayer, Copic markers in a variety of colors, acrylic paint (I’m using Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylics) and some images. These can come from a magazine but why not use your own personal photos (copies)?

Place the gel printing plate on top of your image and start tracing the image with a Copic marker. You can take your time, the ink has to dry on the plate anyway.
You can use a variety of colors to blend or color in certain parts.

Let the ink dry thoroughly (a couple of minutes) to be sure they don’t reactivate.
Then apply a really thin layer of acrylic paint on top of your drawing. When you use the right amount of paint you will see the image shine through.

Place a sheet of paper on top while the paint is still wet and rub firmly, then carefully remove the paper from the gel printing plate.

To have a better background to work on with additional products I like to apply a layer of clear gesso on top of the printed image. The easiest way to add a nice and even, thin layer is by rolling out some clear gesso on the gel printing plate, then pull a print covering the whole image. When the gesso is dry it will be a perfect background to use, for instance, water-soluble crayons like Neocolor II.
This is a great product to add color to your print.
Simply apply a little bit of color, then use your fingers to blend.

Of course you can also add other things like stamping. You can work on the prints like you would on any other art journal page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we are looking forward to see your “Image Tracing Prints,” so please tag us when you post on Instagram and Facebook! 😀

Happy printing!

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  1. how do you clean the copics off of your gel plate? love the concept

    1. I do hope a response for this comes soon, as I would like to know before I attempt this.

  2. This is so cool!!!!! A must try!!! Thanks for showing this technique!

  3. Fabulous idea!!! But if I haven't got copics, what else could work?


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