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.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Gelli Arts® Reductive Wiping Technique by Clara Lieu

Hi, Clara Lieu here! I am an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Partner at Art Prof, a free website for learning visual arts. I've worked in printmaking for several decades, but I only recently discovered gel printing plates at a workshop I took at the Massachusetts Art Educators Association conference last fall. Getting access to a professional printmaking press is always a problem for printmakers, so in the past I could only print monotypes on the rare occasion that I had access to a print shop.

When I saw that a gel printing plate could produce visual effects that were really similar to creating a monotype on plexiglass with a press, I was beyond thrilled. Since that discovery, I've been experimenting with Gelli Arts® gel printing plates with my high school students at RISD Project Open Door, and in my own studio practice.

Gel printing plates are capable of an infinite range of visual effects, so when Gelli Arts® provided me with a 16" x 20" plate, I couldn't wait to dig my hands into the surface. I wanted to take advantage of the large scale of this gel printing plate, and I knew I wanted to articulate an object from nature that would appear to be beefy and monumental.

I've always been attracted to root vegetables like daikon radishes, ginseng roots, beets, and more. This time I chose a celery root, which has a quirky, bulbous shape with odd "legs" that look like octopus tentacles. My intent was to make the celery root appear massive and heavy, so I dramatically increased the scale when I created the image.

The technique I used was a reductive wiping technique. You can see me applying this technique in this video tutorial. I applied Akua Intaglio Ink to the gel printing plate with a piece of cardboard, and then used a brayer to roll an even layer of black ink over the entire plate.

From there, I used a cotton rag to wipe away the ink in areas where I wanted highlights in my image. A cotton rag is incredibly versatile as a tool, you can get very crisp edges with it, but you can also dab and lift the ink in so many different ways. I used a bristle brush to touch up a few areas here and there, but the vast majority of the image is created with the cotton rag.

I printed the plate with Rives BFK, a really friendly, all-purpose printmaking paper that I've relied on for many of my projects in the past.

The print came out well; I was pleased with the range of textures and marks in the final piece.

Upon closer inspection, I saw that there were a few areas where I lifted just a little too much ink, and so consequently, the shadow areas weren't quite as dark as I wanted. I went back in with a bristle brush and added a little more darkness to those areas to deepen the shadows.

Making this print was a great experience. I can't wait to see where I will go next with this large-scale gel printing plate!


Gelli Arts® 16”x20” Gel Printing Plate
Bristle Brush
Cotton Rag
Sheet of Plexiglass
Akua Intaglio Printmaking Ink
Small Piece of Cardboard
Rives BFK Paper

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

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