Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gelli Arts® Faces by Helen O'Hara

Hello everyone, Helen O'Hara here from the Hoarder’s Art Room. If you’re addicted to Gelli Arts® like me then you’ll have tons of Gelli Arts® mono-prints and even pretty clean-up papers stacking up in your studio. Today I’m going to show you how to use them to make some amazing faces to use in your art journals.

I’m using face stencils by Jane Davenport but if you don’t have face stencils you can just draw a freehand face. I’m also using acrylic paint pens by Posca. I used the 9"x12" Gelli Arts® Plate but you could use any size including smaller ones printed several times across your paper.

First, print some papers using any technique. Try stencils, combs, bubble wrap and textures. Alternatively, just grab a handful of prints from your stash!

Make sure the prints are totally dry and then draw around the stencil with a pencil. Add hair and extra details.

Color the eyes and lips with Posca paint pens. Be sure to let the paint dry between layers.

Use acrylic, ink, or watercolor paints to paint out the background. Thick acrylic will cover the whole background while ink or watercolor will let the background shine through.

A white highlight in the eye will make the face come alive.

Redefine the lines with a dark pencil or pen if necessary.

You could collage these onto artwork or just as easily print straight into your art journal. The plain background makes a great place to add some text. These faces are just the beginning!

Find out more at The Hoarder's Art Room.

Thanks for stopping by!

8"x10" Gelli Arts® Gel Plate

-Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paint - Snowbound, Kiwi, Freshwater, Mixed Berries, Lemon Zest, and Tiger Lily
-Semco Acrylic Paint - Purple
-Dylusions Acrylic Paint - Blue
-Gelli Arts® combs
-Bubble wrap
-Jane Davenport Face Stencils
-Foam brush
-Stabilo All Pencil or Inktense Outliner Pencil
-Posca Paint Pens
-Paint Brush
-Foam Brush
-Dye - Ink or Watercolor

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gelli Arts® Contemporary Landscape Print by Bob Pennycook

Hi there; Bob here. Today, I want to show you how to create a contemporary landscape using a few soft colors, graphite, ink, and a couple of different Gelli Arts® gel plates.

The paint I used here is Golden paints new heavy body colors in Titan Green Pale, Titan Violet Pale, and Light Orange. I also used Golden’s Teal for the background.

Since my prints are built from several layers of color each applied individually, I need some sort of system to keep all the printed layers of color in register. My YouTube channel has a brief video about constructing such a registration board.

In this picture I’ve lined up the edges of a 8"x 10" Gelli Arts® plate to the board and then cover the wood strips on the board with 2" painters tape. This will protect the wood strips from accidental paint strokes or drips.

To ensure that your paper isn’t upside down and/or backwards when you print, pencil an arrow into the upper left corner of what will be the back of the print. You’ll use that arrow to line up your paper with the metal corner bracket each time you add a layer in your print.

I'm using Teal for the background color. If you are also using fast drying heavy body paints, you might want to add a bit of Golden Open Acrylic Gel Medium to each of the colors you place on the palette. If you add about 20% gel medium to the paint, you’ll slightly slow down the drying time of each color. But the choice is yours.

Use a dry, flat, bristle brush to apply color to the plate. The bristles will help create a little random texture in your paint. Apply the color to the plate and then remove the painters tape from the wood strips on the registration board.

Pull your first print. Make sure the upper left corner of the paper fits into the corner of the angle bracket to ensure registration. Make sure you don’t move the Gelli Arts® plate between color pulls or the next layer of the print will be off register.

Here’s the first pull of the background color.

Re-apply tape to the board and brush a thin layer of Titan Green Pale over the entire plate. Remove the tape and pull the print.

Here’s what happens: Since you’ll be printing wet paint into wet paint much of the paint applied to the plate is left behind and/or mixed into the initial color leaving you with a soft, visually textured background.

Apply 1" painters tape around the inside edge of the plate, apply Titan Green Pale to the exposed area, remove the tape and print.

You should get a defined rectangle of lighter color over the background. If the light color doesn’t show, you could either reprint that color or use a paint brush to add a little more paint to the rectangle on your print.

Tape off a 4" square a couple of inches below the top of the plate. Brush on a thin layer of Titan Violet Pale. Remove tape and pull the print.

Brush a thin layer of Light Orange onto a 3" round Gelli Arts® plate and press the round plate into the violet square on the larger plate. Pull the print.

Tape off a skinny line towards the bottom of the print (not on the gel plate). Using a soft sponge, tap Light Orange paint into the open space between the pieces of tape. This sponge is a piece cut from a grouting sponge.

Remove the tape and you have your finished print. Now, you just need to add some details. I drew the tree and added the lettering with HB pencil then I went over the pencil lines with a nib pen and acrylic ink.

Here is a photo of the tree design and quote by Dr. Seuss if you would like to use them in your print.

Thanks for stopping by!

-8" x10" and 3" round Gelli Arts® gel plates
-Registration board
-Painters’ Tape - 1" and 2" wide
-Paint Brushes
-Golden Heavy Body Acrylics - Teal, Light Orange, Titan Green Pale, and Titan Violet Pale
-Golden Open Gel Medium (Optional)

-HB Pencil
-8B Pencil or Acrylic Ink with Nib Pen
-Printmaking paper - I used Stonehenge by Legion Paper

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing with Moldable Foam

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!
It’s Birgit here today and I want to share with you a fun and easy way to create textures to use on the gel printing plate using moldable foam.

You can find these blocks online by searching for moldable foam blocks or stamps.

There are many things that you can use to add texture to the blocks. For instance you can use a stamp with a bold pattern and create a negative texture of the stamp.

Use a heat tool to heat up the foam. It takes about 20-25 seconds. Keep the heat tool moving so you don’t heat the foam too much in one place - that might cause the foam to melt.

Once the foam is heated press it down on the stamp firmly and keep it in place for a couple of seconds to let the foam cool down. The texture will now stay in the foam.

You can also do this with your favorite stencils.

Besides stamps and stencils, you can use whatever you find in and around the house that will create a texture. Look around and get creative!

Just go ahead and experiment! In case you end up with a texture you don’t like, you can simply heat the foam again until it gets back in its original shape and then start over. You can even do this right after you used it to print! Just clean the foam, which can be easily done with a baby wipe, and heat it again. Keep in mind that the longer you leave the texture in, the more difficult it will be to remove.

You can print with the foam the same way you would any other stamp, texture, or art printing plate.

Of course you can also stamp off the paint from the foam to another sheet of paper to get the opposite effect and not waste any paint!

Texture created with a paint grid:

Texture created with a piece of rope:

Textures created with stencils:

Texture created with tin foil:

Thank you for visiting! We would love to see all the textures you come up with so please share your work on IG using #gelliarts

Happy Printing!

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

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