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!!
Birgit

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7 comments:

  1. Oh, cool! This is something I need to try!

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  2. just beautiful! this would be a great technique for tags! can't wait to try it out...

    thank you for this tutorial and the inspiration! <3

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  3. These are wonderful! Love watching your technique!

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  4. I have always wandered of these products would work...thanks for answering my un-asked question. So awesome.

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  5. Oh that's very fun. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try.

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  6. Love this technique. I'll try it!

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