Thursday, August 15, 2019

Galaxy Tags by Gelli Arts® Artist Sara Ferret

Hi! It’s Sara here. Today is my first project to share on the Gelli Arts® blog and I’m so excited.

I have made some galaxy tags with the Gelli Arts® x Jane Davenport gel printing plate.

Watch my video to see my process:

First, I made a lot of backgrounds on the tags, all with neon acrylic paint. I’m using the Art Printing plates from Carabelle Studio to create some easy drawings/texture in the background.

When I have made enough tags, I cut some circles from cardstock with two different size punches.

We will use these as masks in the next step.

After that, I put some black acrylic paint on the Gelli® plate and place my circle masks directly on the plate.  I then place my tags I made over the circles and roll my brayer over the tags to pick up that black paint. You can start to see that "galaxy" effect starting to come out!

Next, I free stitched with my sewing machine around the circles and the borders.

Now we can really create the galaxy effect with some splatters of paint in the black parts. I used Posca markers but you can use other things as a old toothbrush or a brush with white acrylic paint.

I always like to add some embellishments, so I used the sticker book from Tim Holtz to add some sentiment to my art work.

I hope you enjoy the video, and if you create some galaxy tags inspired by this project please tag me Instagram @sara_ferret and tag @gelliarts as well. I can't wait to see them all!

Happy printing!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Join our Gelli Arts® Artist Team!

We are looking for artists to add to our current Gelli Arts® Artist Team! We love our team and we are excited to see it grow!   

Here are our team details:

Designer Responsibilities:

  • Provide (1) new project tutorial (including video and step by step instructions) every 4 months for our Gelli Arts® Blog. We love to see innovative printing techniques that we can showcase!
  • Participate in monthly themed challenges.
  • Place the Gelli Arts® Buy Button on your website/blogs where you will receive 10% for all sales generated with your special promotional code.
  • Promote Gelli Arts® work on your social media and tag us so we can share your work @GelliArts #gelliarts
  • Review new products and provide feedback as needed.

Designer Benefits:

A Gelli Arts® Brand Ambassador Starter pack which includes:
  •          (1) Mini Tool
  •          (1) Kit of your selection
  •          (1) Brayer
  •          (1) Mini Printing Plates Set
  •          (1) 9" x 12" Printing Plate
  •          (1) 4" or 8" Round Printing Plate
  •          Parchment Paper
  •          Assortment of objects for printing (stencils, bubble wrap, punchinella, eyelash yarn, etc.)
  • Gelli Arts® Apron
  • Cross promotion of you, your art, and your ideas on our social media platforms regularly.
  • Work with partnering companies in the industry to cross promote our products through blog hops and challenges!
  • 10% for all sales generated with your special promotional code.
  • Participate in live social media programs teaching specific techniques.
  • We will sponsor giveaways and challenges that you come up with to share your Gelli Arts® love!  
  • Are you a teacher? We would love to support your teaching opportunities!
How Do you Submit?

Provide the following information:
1. Name
2. Mini Bio - What makes you uniquely YOU!:
3. Website/Blog
4. Facebook (# of Friends/Likes - personal & business if applicable)
5. Instagram (# of followers)
6. Twitter and/or Pinterest (#of followers)
7. YouTube (number of subscribers, average # views)
8. Provide minimum of (3) projects you have created featuring printmaking - if you have instructions please include. One product must include a feature video - please include a link.

Tag us on Facebook @gelliarts and Instagram: @gelliarts on any projects you want us to see! Use the hashtag: #GelliArtsDTCall too!  This is your time to print and shine your creative light!

Entries due by September 14th.  Good luck!  

Email your entry to: 

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Happy Printing!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stamped Bookmarks with Gelli Arts® by Helen O'Hara

Hello everyone. I’m here today to share with you my favorite Gelli Arts® mono-print technique – freezer paper masks. You can use any kind of stamps to make these designs. Rubber stamps work well as do linocuts and potato prints.

I’ve made my prints into bookmarks but you can use this technique to make colorful papers for cards, tags, book covers and more.

Watch my video to see the process:

You’ll need your Gelli Arts® plate and a brayer, your stamps, ink, freezer paper, baking paper and an iron. I’m using Chromacryl student acrylics in process magenta, cyan, yellow and white. Thin card works well for bookmarks. You can use any texture tools like stencils, bubble wrap and combs.

Lay a piece of freezer paper shiny side down on your table. Place your card onto a clean Gelli Arts® plate. The soft surface will give a good print. Stamp your card. Every time you stamp the card, make a stamp onto the freezer paper as well. The prints on the freezer paper don’t need to be perfect, you just need to be able to see the outline. Cut out all of your freezer paper shapes.

Place your freezer paper shapes shiny side down on top of your card stamped images. Place some baking paper on top to protect your iron. Iron the freezer paper shapes. The shapes will stick to your card and mask the images.

Roll some paint onto your Gelli Arts® plate and make marks any way you choose. Here, I used a comb and a cotton tip.

Place the card image side down onto the paint and pull the print.

It’s easier if you now let the paint dry. Peel off the freezer paper masks. If they are tricky to remove then iron them again between baking paper to warm them and they will pull right off.

You can now use the card in any way you like! You could cut it into strips and add a ribbon to make bookmarks. 

The freezer paper masks can be used again and again. No need to cut more. Once you are finished with the masks it’s nice to use them as collage elements in your art journal.

Happy printing!


Materials used:
  • 8 by 10 inch Gelli Arts® plate
  • Thin Card
  • StayzOn ink pad
  • Butterfly stamp
  • Freezer paper
  • Scissors
  • Baking paper
  • Iron
  • Acrylics (Chromacryl student acrylics in process magenta, cyan, yellow and white)
  • Pool cover scrap
  • Homemade junk stamps
  • Stancil
  • Cotton tip
  • Gelli Arts® paint comb
  • Round foam brush

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Tangling and Gel Printing with the Gelli Arts® Quatrefoil Mini Printing Plate by Marsha Valk

Hi there! Its Marsha here. I dont know about you, but in Europe, it seems everyone is in vacation mode. The sun is shining, the weather is hot, hot, hot and I'd personally rather take a sketchbook or journal outside than spend time in my sauna of a craft room.

A small gel printed booklet is ideal for crafting outside or on the go. You can make it small enough to fit in a pen pouch along with no more than two or three pens and pencils. That's all you need to sketch, doodle or tangle! 

There's no pressure- it doesn't have to be perfect! It's just something relaxing for you to do when you have a moment to yourself or whenever you feel like it. 

Read on to see my process and enter in our giveaway!

In the video, you see me create an accordion- folded booklet. I chose to make it 9x9 cm, which is very close to 3.5" x 3.5". You can make the accordion any size you want, and you can easily adapt the length of the accordion to be shorter or longer. 

The Quatrefoil mini printing plate is part of the latest set of Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Plates. 

The set also includes an octagon and a diamond- shaped mini. This trio is perfect for creating lots of fun prints. 

When using cling rubber stamps as a mark maker for gel printing with acrylic paint, you need to be mindful of not letting any of the paint dry on your stamps, as that could ruin them. 

Try to wipe off any paint residue as soon as you can, or keep a bucket of water nearby to temporarily store your stamps until you can clean them properly. 

Do you like to sketch, doodle or tangle on your gel prints? Please share it with us on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration . We love seeing your creations! 
Happy printing! 

Gelli Arts® Quatrefoil Mini Gel Printing Plate 

Cutting equipment 
Scoring equipment 
Glue stick 
Acrylic stamping block 
Fast-drying stamping ink 
Repositionable adhesive 
Acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana Premium Carbon Black and Primary Cyan) 
2” roller 
Rubber stamps (Rubbermoonall by designer Nathalie Kalbach) 
Pens, pencils 
Tangle patterns by Hanny WaldburgerAnoeska Waardenburg, Suzanne McNeillKarry Heun and 

Enter in our giveaway below! 
Marsha Valk August 2019 Blog Giveaway!

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