Thursday, March 28, 2019

Multi-Layered Gelli Arts® Monoprinted Landscapes by Helen O'Hara

Hello everyone, Helen O'Hara here and I am excited to share a fun technique I have been experimenting with lately. It is a simple registration technique to make multi-layered monoprinted landscapes. I’m using the 9"x12" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate and Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paints.





You’ll need to use paper a bit bigger than your Gelli Arts® plate. Place it on the plate and tape down one side so it can flap off and back over the plate.



Next take another sheet of scrap paper and tear out some hill shapes. Tape these along the other side of the Gelli Arts® plate so they too can flap on and off.






Starting at the top ink up your plate in the usual way.




Flap the hill mask over the paint and then flap your paper on top and pull the print. You can go again with another layer, your mask will flap right back into place.












It’s difficult to be super accurate with this process, sometimes you will get a white line between your hills. To avoid this, move your mask up a little each time you begin a new hill so the hills will overlap slightly rather than leaving a white line.




Add more paint, flap over the next mask and take another print to for the 2nd hill.






Move the mask up slightly and then repeat for the next hills.








Your landscape can have as many hills as you like.






Perhaps you like the white space between the hills? It’s a great place to doodle or write. To ensure you get nice, wide spaces between the hills move the hill masks down before you begin a new hill. This will mask off a white area.




I’ve also done this print on black paper and then drawn doodles in the spaces with a white paint pen.




All the left-over mask scraps make a great collage.




I hope you enjoyed this technique and it inspires you to create some fun landscapes of your own.

Helen



Materials:
Gelli Arts® 9"x12" Gel Printing Plate
Brayer
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
Gelli Arts® Combs
Cartridge Paper
Masking Tape
Stencils
Found Objects such as Cotton Buds, Foam Brush, Pool Cover Scrap, and Paint Scraper

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gelli Arts® Resist Printing with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly


Hello there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog today!
It’s Birgit here with a fun resist technique using Vaseline petroleum jelly.


With this technique you can create negative prints from your stencils, art printing plates, or stamps letting the background pop through the second layer.

Check out the video for all the details.








Materials:
5"x7" and 8"x10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates
Brayers
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
DecoArts Media Fluid Acrylic Paints
Carabelle Studio Stencils and Art Printing Plates
White Paper Tags
Baby Wipes

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Handmade Mandala Printing with Gelli Arts® Artist Giovanna Zara

Hello, Giovanna here! Today I am sharing with you my latest obsession with hand drawn mandalas. You can transform them into stencils on card stock and use them to make beautiful gel prints. These mandalas can be used as stencils but also as embellishments in your craft projects. At the end of the video I show you how to assemble a pop-up book with your brand new mandala prints! Enjoy!


Here are some of the prints I created with my stencils:





And here is the pop-up mini book:






To create your own Mandala stencil take a piece of A4 size card stock and draw a line at 2-2,5 cm (1 inch) from the bottom; find the center of the line and draw a lot of semi-circles with a compass.


Take the protractor and draw a mark every 30 degrees (or 20 as you like) then draw a line between the center and every mark dividing the semi-circles.


Draw with a pencil simple shapes such as petals, semi-circles, leaves, etc.


Retrace every shape with a thick marker. I did it twice.


Cut inside the shapes with an X-ACTO knife. If you would like, you can cut the edges of the border out with a pair of scissors.

Tip: the X-ACTO knife's blade should be new to get the best cut!


Spread acrylic paint with the brayer on the 9"x12" Gelli Arts® printing plate. I used Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paint Set in Bright Colors.


Lay the mandala stencil on the plate and cover with a piece of white card stock, press well and lift gently.


Peel off the stencil gently and then pull a ghost print. You can use these stencils up to three times and then let them dry.


Use different mandala stencils and add some layers.


You can add texture with rubber stamps, hand-made texture plates, bubble wrap, and so much more.








I hope this inspires you to create some Mandalas of your own!

Giovanna


Materials:
Gelli Arts® 9"x12" Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paint Set - Bright Colors
Protractor
Compass
Pencil
Markers
Scissors
X-ACTO knife

© 2019 by Gelli Arts®, LLC
Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

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