Thursday, November 29, 2018

Festive Garland with Gelli Arts® by Johanna Lawson

Happy holidays monoprinting friends! Jo Lawson here! Get ready to deck the halls with this festive gel printed garland!

For this project, I was inspired by the upcoming holiday season, but this garland can be adapted for any occasion! It is also a great way to use the prints you have laying around. I used a circle punch for the garland pieces, however die cuts with an area large enough to sew would be beautiful as well. 

Use this tutorial as a guide and then make it your own! Get creative! I provided a video for you to create along with me.

Step One – Create a Background
Choose a stencil, ephemera, or cardboard pieces that will cover your entire plate. Bubble wrap creates a pattern and texture that works with so many tools. It is especially fun to use in a project because the colors continue to build up on the wrap, causing new and unexpected results!

Throughout the project, be sure to print on BOTH sides of your white card stock.

Continue to create backgrounds in your favorite colors, patterns, and textures!

Step Two – Add Details
Use smaller stencils and tools to add details to your backgrounds. Because this garland is made up of circles, I chose to use the 3” round plate with my stencils. Don’t be too concerned with the layout and composition; most of the paper will be cut into smaller pieces.

Step Three – Punch Away!
Create the pieces of the garland using punches or die cuts. Vary the sizes and shapes to add interest. For this project, I used 2.5”, 1.5”, and 1.25” circle punches. Turn the punch upside down and use it as a viewfinder before you punch.

Step Four – Sew it All Together
Move to the sewing machine and pick thread that compliments your monoprinted pieces. This is a great opportunity to try some of those decorative stitches you have been dying to use!

Leave a tail before you begin. Sew straight down the middle and DO NOT cut the thread. Leave about two inches between each piece. Be sure to pull the thread taut between the monoprinted pieces or the garland will not hang correctly.

Use 10-12 pieces for each garland and don’t forget to leave a tail at the end. Knot each tail when finished sewing and trim if desired.

Step Five – Embellish!
Keep them simple or go all out! These garlands are versatile and always turn out elegant and unique.

Head on over to my Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook pages - @smallbatchcards - to see more of my tutorials and art. Order cards, prints, stationery, and other paper art gifts at


- Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint - Cosmic Blue, Freshwater, Snowbound, Deep Jungle, Kiwi, Chili Pepper
- Gelli Arts® 4” Roller
- Gelli Arts® 3” Mini Round Plate
- 5” x 7” Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
- 5 Half sheets of 8.5” x 11” Cardstock
- Bubble Wrap
- Circle Punch - 2.5", 1.25", and 1.5"
- Mandala or Snowflake Stencil
- Christmas Words Stencil
- Glue
- Snowflake Die Cut
- Scissors
- Acrylic Block
- Jewels
- Thread
- Sewing Machine

We hope this inspires you to adorn your house in fun garland for all occasions!

Thanks for stopping by!
Jo Lawson

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Decorative Wooden Ornaments from Log Slices with Gelli Arts® by Lucy Brydon

Hi! Lucy Brydon here! In this tutorial, I shall be showing you how to make fun decorations using log slices and the small round Gelli Arts® printing plate.

Check out my creative process: 

For this project you will need:
  • Gelli Arts® Small Round Gel Printing Plate
  • Brayer
  • Selection of Paints: I used Black, Turquoise, White and Green.
  • Scrap Paper
  • Texture Tools: I used Punchinella, Combs, and Textured Cardboard
  • Small Leaves
  • White Gel Pens
  • Paintbrushes

Step 1:
Paint the background of your log slices in a variety of colors. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Add some texture to your slices by printing through punchinella or using the texture tools.

In the first one I used a layer of white, pressed through the punchinella with tissue paper then let it dry completely. Then I added a second layer of turquoise and printing down onto my log with leaves in place. For the other logs, I printed a layer of texture before doing the third step.

Step 3:
Use real leaves to mask off the previous color and add the next layer. They will look like a mini forest! I used parts of fern plants but you could experiment with different kinds. If you do not have leaves where you are you could cut some leaf stencils out of cardstock.

Step 4:
Finish them off by drawing in some extra details with either a white gel pen or a fine brush and white paint.

Finally, you can hang them with some colored thread or twine. Perfect Christmas decorations!

I hope this inspires you to incorporate nature in your art!
Thanks for stopping by!

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

Monday, November 19, 2018

Create Holiday Cards With Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates!

Happy Thanksgiving week!  

Here at Gelli Arts® we are thankful for so much -- for the community of artists who share so much and for our own Gelli Arts® Artisans who bring new and fresh ideas to you every week!

With Christmas right around the corner, we asked a few of our Artists to share their holiday cards with us! We love them and so will you!!

Giovanna Zara created faux glass globes to use as cards, embellishments and tree decorations.


See her step-by-step instructions in this video: 

Read Giovanna's full blog post here.

Tania Ahmed created holiday cards with her colorful prints! Tania's cards are so versatile - create them for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.

Watch her assemble the cards in this video:

Read Tania's full blog post here.

Next, Jo Lawson created more holiday cards with her Gelli Arts® gel plates and premium acrylic paints.

Check out her step-by-step instructions in this video:

Read Jo's full blog post here.

Kirsten Varga created lovely ornament cards - using our round gel printing plate!

Don't miss all of her cards in this video:

Read Kirsten's full blog post here.

BIG THANKS to Giovanna, Tania, Jo, and Kirsten for sharing their holiday ideas!

We hope these projects kick start your holiday spirit, and inspire you to get printing! 

Happy Holidays from Your Friends at Gelli Arts®!

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Quilt Printing with Gelli Arts® Mini Square Plate by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog. It’s Birgit here and today I am going to show you how you can create a gel printed quilt in your art journal in just a few easy steps.

Here’s what you need:

Art journal or loose paper (heavy card or watercolor paper), Gelli Arts® mini square gel plate, Acrylic paint, texture plates, stencils, stamps, acrylic block with a grid, (die) cut paper shapes, repositionable tape, pens, and paint markers.

Start by determining the middle of your page. Don’t worry about the pencil lines, you won’t see them when you’re done printing. Place the gel plate on the acrylic block with the grid. Apply acrylic paint to the gel plate and print the first block in the middle of your page.

Work from there and fill the whole page with colored blocks.

Use texture plates to create patterns in the paint on the gel plate and print a second layer on top of the previous blocks. Do this with all the blocks.

Now take some stencils. Place them on top of the paint on the gel plate and use a sheet of copier paper to remove the paint from the open areas. Then remove the stencil and print a third layer on every block.

Cut shapes from copier paper and use them as masks. Use can die cut or hand cut the shapes. Use repositionable tape to keep them in place. Then print the final, solid block of paint, on top of the masks.

If you want to add more details you can place the negative of the die cut shapes to mask the areas around the shape and stamp in the open area.

When the paint is dry, use permanent pens and paint markers to add doodles and marks. Finish the page with some splattering and a quote.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy printing!

-Gelli Arts® mini square gel plate
-Art journal or loose paper (heavy card or watercolor paper)
-Acrylic paint
-Texture plates
-Acrylic block with a grid
-(Die) cut paper shapes
-Repositionable tape
-Paint markers

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

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