Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stained Glass Effect with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates by Tania Ahmed

A few weeks ago I made a collection of cards using two different Gelli Arts® smaller plates and a few stencils. I used them to create a master board. A master board is a background that you create that you can later cut down for smaller projects.

When I made the backgrounds I loved the process of stamping with Gelli Arts® plates so much! I wondered what it would be like to use just one large stencil over my surface and multiple mini plates. I adore layered projects and I love bright colors, like my fellow Gelli Arts® Artists! I decided to combine my love for the two and create this print which reminds me of stained glass.

I love the way light shines through stained glass making it appear as if it were glowing.

When I got my hands on the new Gelli Arts® mini plate set, I was overjoyed with the shapes which can be beautifully combined not just with each other but also with the previous mini plate sets.

1) Put the mini plates on an acrylic block or a cd cover.

2) Use washi tape on one of your papers and tape the stencil securely to the paper.

3) Apply paint to a mini plate with a brayer. Stamp the stenciled paper with the mini plate.

4) Apply any leftover paint to a second paper to get your ghost print.

5) Repeat with different paint colors and mini plates.

6) Overlap the prints to make sure that the whole page is filled for the finished effect.

7) If you want to tone down the color on the ghost printed page, add white acrylic paint sparingly with the brayer.

8) Here is the finished ghost print!

9) Take the stencil off to reveal the finished design!

10) Here is the finished stained glass effect print!

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique. I would love to see what you come up with!

-New Gelli Arts® Mini Plates - Octagon, Quatrefoil, and Diamond
-Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paints
-Stencil - I used Nathalie Kalbach’s StencilGirl Design called Santiago
-Washi Tape
-Acrylic Blocks or CD cover

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mixed Media Printing with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here and I have a really cool technique for you today! Mixed Media Printing - multiple mediums in a single print!

With this technique you can build up layers and layers of different products or mediums on your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and then pull a single print that looks like a complete art journal page.

I'm combining a variety of products on my 3"x5" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.
-Alcohol Markers – Copic
-Acrylic Paint Markers – Posca and Molotow
-Solvent Ink – Stazon
-Acrylic Paint – Gelli Arts®, DecoArt, and Talens Amsterdam
-Rubber Stamps and Art Printing Plates – my designs for Carabelle Studio

Before you go out and buy a bunch of new products you can try any similar products you have at home. Even if they don’t work as well as the products I’ve used, you will always be able to clean your plate.
I start with the alcohol markers to create my first layer. I need to use the alcohol markers before I stamp as they will reactivate the stamping inks if I do it the other way around.

I let the layers of alcohol ink dry for a couple seconds before I start stamping with the solvent inks.

When I’m done with the stamping I have to let the ink dry completely before moving on to the next step, which is adding color and details using acrylic paint markers.

If the ink isn’t dry completely, it will react to the paint markers and bleed.

I can also add texture and color by using art printing plates and acrylic paint.

When all the layering is done, I have to make sure that everything is COMPLETELY DRY before I do the last step!

I’m applying a thin layer of acrylic paint on top of the DRY layers. I’ve used white but it can be any color you like. Light colors work best. Keep in mind that different colors can change the colors of your alcohol and solvent ink.

Then I place a sheet of paper on top of the wet paint right away, rub firmly, and pull the print.

Et voilà! A beautiful mixed media print!

Watch the video for an additional step-by-step.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy printing!!

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Rothko sunRISE with Gelli Arts® by Johanna Lawson

Happy LOVE day to all! Take this opportunity to #loveyourself and do something just for you. Open your heart and let art take you on a journey.

On this day of love, I decided to focus on something beautiful that inspires me – the Florida sunrise. It has been a glorious “winter” here and I want to just revel in the joy and warmth the sunshine brings. This is an abstract piece that also incorporates one of my favorite monoprinting techniques, magazine image transfers. This one has a little twist and starts as a Rothko replica.

For this project, I was inspired by the work of American artist, Mark Rothko, and his love of color. His “multiforms” are composed of bright, vibrant colors that express a sort of energy and create a mixture of overlapping colors and shapes. That sounds like my kind of painting. Rothko goes big. I mean BIG. I wasn’t able to go too big, but I did get the opportunity to use some of my larger gel plates and work on a 16 x 20” canvas.

Rothko looked at it like this:
“I realize that historically the function of painting large pictures is painting something very grandiose and pompous. The reason I paint them, however, is precisely because I want to be very intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience, to look upon an experience as a stereopticon view or with a reducing glass. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it. It isn't something you command!”

You are in it. One of the things I love most about monoprinting is the unpredictability. As you create, remember to be purposeful, but let the magic happen. Today, make art just for you. Use this tutorial as a guide and then make it your own! Get creative! For a list of all products used in this project, please see the materials section at the end of the post.

Rothko replica – a Florida sunRISE

Step One – Create Multiform #1
Find inspiration and then think abstract, just colors. When I picture the Florida sunrise, there is pink, yellow, and orange. These are the colors that stand out, these are the colors I will use. Multiform #1 will be pink.

Use more paint than you normally would when monoprinting. Rothko worked directly on uncoated, untreated canvases, so I went with it. However, the paint soaks into the canvas. There will also be enough paint for multiple prints as the canvas is moved around to cover.

Tip: Do not roll extra paint off the brayer, just set it on it’s handle. This excess paint will be used between prints.

Step Two – Create Multiform #2
Multiform #2 will be a mixture of yellow and orange to create an ombre effect on the canvas.

Step Three – Paint a Horizon
Using black paint and brush, paint a horizon line. This will anchor the image transfer monoprint that will go on top.

Step Four – Monoprint Magic
Magazine image transfers can be a little tricky. Use high quality paint and make sure the coating and quality of the magazine pages will allow for the transfer. I found this goddess in a fashion magazine and knew she would be perfect.

To match the Rothko sunrise, she got the ombre treatment as well.

Step Five – Cut it up?
YES! Cut your monoprints into half-inch strips and create something really special.

Step Six – The Final Touch
Using matte medium (or your favorite paper glue), adhere the strips to the center of the canvas, aligning the colors. Mark the center of the canvas lightly with a pencil and start with the center strip working out to the edges of the canvas.

Rothko was a beautiful soul that believed art should be an experience that exceeded the boundaries of pure aesthetics. It should go deeper. This is a special holiday that celebrates the incredible human conditions of love and kindness, but like most holidays, it can also stir up darker emotions. Rothko committed suicide on February 25, 1970. Love is complicated. It can be shared and shown in so many ways. The final touch to this piece is select lines from the poem, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, written along the strips of monoprint. Her poetry deals with trauma, heartbreak, healing, and hope. This poem speaks to me on so many levels and adds another dimension to the idea of a sunRISE. A new day. “But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

This Valentine’s Day, #loveyourself, educate yourself and you could #BeThe1To save a life. Truly see the people around you and help them know their worth. Please visit to learn more about this movement and suicide prevention.

This Rothko replica is my love letter to the world. A Florida sunRISE to brighten your day and bring hope.

Head on over to my Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook pages - @smallbatchcards - to see more of my tutorials and art. Order cards, prints, stationery, and other paper art gifts at

-Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint - Snowbound, Sunbeam, Tiger Lily, and Chili Pepper
-Gelli Arts® 4” Roller
-9”x 12” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
-8”x 10” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
-8.5” x 11” Cardstock
-High Contrast Magazine Pages - black and white work best
-Matte Medium
-Scissors/Cutting Tool
-16 x 20” Canvas
-Paint Brush
-Washi Tape

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

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