Thursday, December 20, 2018

Create Gorgeous Snowflake Prints with Gelli Arts® Printing Plates


Hello! It’s Birgit here. Welcome to my last post of the year! 😀
Today, I want to share with you a simple technique to create lovely colorful winter prints using hand cut snowflakes and the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.



Start with cutting Gelli Arts® parchment paper into squares. My squares are 4”x4” (10x10cm).


Fold the squares diagonally to make triangle.


Then fold a second time to get a smaller triangle.



Now fold the triangle in thirds, one flap to the front the other to the back.




Cut a straight line at the bottom.




Draw a design. You can create your own designs or google “hand cut snowflakes” and you will find tons of designs.




Create a variety of designs, cut them out, and unfold.




Apply several colors of acrylic paint to the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and spread them with a brayer. Then pull a print. Print several sheets in different color combinations.






Let the prints dry. Then apply new color to the gel plate, place the snowflakes on top, and then print on the previous printed papers. Use paints that don’t dry too fast. The new Gelli Arts® acrylic paints have an extender in them so they are perfect for this printing. Or if you like you can add a little bit of a slow dry medium to your acrylic paints. If the paint dries to fast the paper snowflakes will stick to the plate.








Carefully remove the snowflakes from the plate and let them dry. You can use them several times.


If there is any paint left on the plate after removing the snowflakes you can let it dry and then apply a new, very thin layer of paint to pull a print picking up the dried paint.








I used my prints to create colorful art journal and notebook covers. But you can also cut them up to make cards or use as backgrounds in your art journal. If you print on thinner paper, the prints would also make lovely wrapping paper.


After using the snowflakes a couple of times they will be covered with beautiful layers of paint. I used matte medium to apply them to cardstock. A simple yet lovely way to create colorful Christmas cards.










Thank you so much for stopping by!
Merry Christmas and a happy, colorful, and creative New Year!!
Birgit


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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

3 comments:

  1. beautiful work and great tutorial! I love how you use every last bit of supplies, even the snowflakes at the end on cards! Great idea!

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful x

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  3. thanks for the step by step snowflake! Birgit is amazing!

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