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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  1. Fantastic techniques and results! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Another good post. I always enjoy seeing what designs are going to be made and materials will be used. Colors are so happy!

  3. This is so useful! At the moment I do not own any Gelli plates. Santa dropped the ball! Hopes to get at least one for my Valentine Bday. Read all your post.

  4. Can't find the blocks. Do you have a source. Not on Amazon. Thanks

    1. Hi Susan! Here's a a link for you. Hope this helps:


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