Thursday, August 30, 2018

Color in Color - Stencil Fun with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here today sharing a fun technique using stencils on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.
It’s quite a simple technique to create color in color prints with stencils.

This technique works best when using stencils with larger open spaces.

Start with applying a layer of acrylic paint to the gel plate, then place the desired stencil on top.

Place a sheet of printer paper on top and rub firmly to remove as much of the paint from the open spaces as possible. If needed, use a baby wipe to remove any remaining paint.

Now take some contrasting colors and apply them to the open areas using a make-up sponge.

If you want to add extra texture you can use a stamp or a flexible texture plate. Apply acrylic paint to the stamp using a brayer, then stamp on top of the contrasting color.

Now carefully remove the stencil.
If you are using open paints with a longer drying time you can pull the print right now. If parts of your paint are already dry it is better to do the following extra step and let all the paint dry.

When the paint on your gel plate is dry, apply a thin layer of (transparent) white acrylic paint (or another color if you like) and pull the print while the paint is still wet.

Thank you for stopping by and please tag us on social media with #gelliarts when sharing your own results. We would love to see them!

Happy Printing!

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Printing with Gelli Arts® Printing Plates and Shrinkies With Lucy Brydon

In this video and tutorial I will be showing you how you can make fun earrings, pendants, and tags using Shrinky Dinks. Shrinky Dinks are sheets you can heat in your oven and they shrink down to 7 times smaller -- and produce a nice thick plastic that is perfect for this kind of thing!

You can buy Shrinkies in any store and they come in three versions - clear, frosted and black. You can print on any version - just make sure to print on the non shiny or slightly textured or frosted side! 

Print on your Shrinkies just as you would on paper.  You can use various colors of paint and texture tools, stencils and other found objects at home. I used the Gelli Arts® mini printing tools, bubble wrap, string, sequin waste and some stencils.

Continue to layer up colors and textures until you have the desired effect.

When your paint is dry, you can cut it into shapes. Remember the shrink plastic shrinks to 7 times its original size so do not cut your shapes too small! You can also use a shape cutter (I used a flower, heart and tag shapes). Don't forget to use a paper punch to punch a hole before you shrink it -- where you can attach earring hooks or rings for key chains.

At this point, you can add details with paint pens or other media to make your designs more intricate. Draw on the side that you printed on.

Bake in the oven at 175c or 350f. Place the plastic on a baking sheet or tin foil in a flat tray in the oven. Watch them twist up then go flat again as they shrink! Once it has shrunk take them out of the oven.

After they have cooled down (it doesn't take long) you can attach earring hooks, or key chains and use these as jewelery, key rings or tags on bags etc. Super fun!

Here are are the finished pieces!


- 5"x5" Gelli Arts® printing plate (or any of the small ones would do)
- Gelli Arts® mini printing tools
- Gelli Arts® acrylic paint set
- Wool, bubble wrap, sequin waste and other texture tools
- Some stencils
- Shrink plastic
- Scissors or shape punches
- Paper punch in small round
- Earring hooks, keyring hooks or similar
- Pliers

Gelli Arts® Artist Lucy Brydon's Blog Giveaway!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

#GelliWave with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates and Johanna Lawson

Wow! Words cannot express how excited I am to be sharing my own blog post with the Gelli Arts® community. Being a part of the Gelli Arts® Artists Team has continually pushed me to create more art, and it truly has become a priority in my daily life. Learning from the other artists (and of course the entire Gelli Arts® community), has been fun and exciting over the past few months. Now it is my turn to make a splash! Make sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of my blog!!

For this project, I was inspired by the Gelli Arts® August theme - #GelliWave! I decided to create seascapes by masking parts of the Gelli Arts® 5” x 5” plate as I layered and layered all the waves. I used supplies from the Gelli Arts® Card Printing Kit to create the background of the cards. For a list of all products  used  for  this  project,  please  see  the  materials  section  at  the  end  of  the  post. 

Step One – Create a Spectacular Sky
Using Gelli Arts® premium acrylic paints Cosmic Blue, Freshwater, and Snowbound, dab each color, spreading and mixing to create a light blue right on the plate. Use bubblewrap to lift paint and create texture, or perhaps a cloud stencil over the paint. Apply, burnish, and lift a 5” x 5” piece of card stock to create the first layer of clouds and sky as a base for the next layers of the seascape. Using the precut card stock will help you keep it aligned as you layer.

To make the clouds stand out, start with a solid color background. Apply white paint to the gel plate, and lay down the cloud stencil. Put the solid background on top and try to use it to pick up all of the wet paint. Remove the stencil and use a new paper with a solid blue (or other solid color if you want to experiment) background to pick up the “negative” of the stencil. This technique really makes the clouds pop!

Step Two – The Horizon
For the horizon, I decided to go with Cosmic Blue (or a dark blue color). Apply the dark blue paint, then use the straight mask across the top of the plate. Placement of the mask will depend on how much sky you want to show. Play around and see what you like best.

Step Three – Make Waves
Using card stock and scissors, cut across the paper in “swoops” to create different masks for the waves. Then use these masks to block various sections of the print in order to give each print a wave-like effect. I recommend alternating from dark to light to dark, etc. as you layer the waves. Be creative and add some texture with stencils and combs to enrich your seascape!


Step Four – Find a Beautiful View
Now it is time to bust out a viewfinder. Find the perfect 4.5” x 4.5” square for your seascape card.

Step Five – Use Your Prints
This card maker took the finished squares and mounted them on black paper, then on the 5” x 5” cards that came in the Gelli Arts® Card Printing Kit. I love the whimsical look of the cards! I suggest adding a ship or even a shoreline to give it a special touch. If you want to learn the story behind the design of this card head over to my website:, and find Batch No. 21. It was my Father’s Day batch and a big hit with dads, sailors, and all those who love the sea!

Be sure to use #GelliWave when you share your own beautiful wave seascapes! You will be entered to win a $100 Gelli Arts® Gift Card in this month’s competition. Hopefully this post will help you get inspired and think about making some waves of your own!

Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints
   -Cosmic Blue, Freshwater, and Snowbound
Gelli Arts® 4” Roller
Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools - Set of 3
Gelli Arts® 5” x 5” Gel Printing Plate
5” x 5” Blank Cards
Bubble Wrap
White Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Cloud Stencil
Large Bubble Wrap
Double Sided Tape

Get your supplies at and use my code for a discount:

Also, check out my Instagram @smallbatchcards

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