Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gel Printing a Nested Design with the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate

Hi there! Happy 2019! It’s Marsha here today with a fun, relaxing printing technique for you to try as the New Year begins.

After all the end of the year busyness, entertaining, and partying, I’m sure we can all use some creative time to relax and focus. That’s why I was thinking of a mandala when I came up with the idea of a nested design.

Think of it like completing a jigsaw puzzle. You need to focus and keep the final result in mind when you want to create a print like this.

You don’t have to stick to round shapes though! It works with any shape you can think of, as long as everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Step 1:
Take a sheet of paper the same size of the printing paper you intend to use.

Cut nested shapes. You can sketch a design on your paper first, or you can cut freehand. Try to keep it simple though. You can always add details later!

Step 2:
Re-nest all of your shapes and mark them to make it easier to align them later on.

Step 3:
Use tape to close the paper shapes if needed.

Step 4:
Set up your printing station.

Place the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate of your choice onto a smooth, flat surface. My paper is 12”x12,” so I’ve chosen to work on the 12”x14” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

Choose the paint colors you want to use. I like to limit my color palette to just 3 or 4 paint colors that mix well together.

You’ll also need an inking palette or a sheet of plastic to roll out your paint.

Step 5:
Place your paper shapes on your gel printing plate. Start with the outline shape. Align the bottom and right edges of your paper with the bottom and right edges of the plate. Now it’s easy to nest the shapes needed inside.

Step 6:
Cover your brayer with paint and then roll out the color exactly where you want it on the plate. I used bubble wrap to create texture in that section.

Remove the paper shapes.

Align the paper you want to print on with the bottom and right edges of the gel printing plate and pull your first layer.

Step 7:
Continue until you’ve printed your complete nested design on your paper. Use your favorite gel printing tools in the process.

Once you’ve covered your paper, you can print more layers on top. A fun way to do this is to alter your paper shapes by cutting parts away.

Keep going until you are satisfied with the result!

Wishing you lots of Gelli Arts® gel printing fun in 2019!

Gelli Arts®:
12”x14” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint – Cosmic Blue, Freshwater, Kiwi, and Lemon Zest
Gelli Arts® 8"x10" Flower Stencil
Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tool

12”x12” Paper
Inking Palette
Small Brayer
Bubble Wrap
Tissue Paper

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

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