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!


Gelli Arts® 9"x12" Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paint Set - Bright Colors
X-ACTO knife

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  1. Love this post! Thanks to share your creativity!

    A smile for you, Giulia

  2. Grandioso!!!! :D Grazie mille per l'ispirazione! :D
    Thanks for sharing this AWESOME project!! Your Gelli prints are just fabulous, as the handmade mandala and the pop-up book!!!

  3. What a lovely idea! I love that you show how we can make our own stencil, because where I live I can't buy these wonderful stencils I see in so many of your great videos. They aren't available here.
    Thank you for your inspiration and tutorial!.

  4. What a clever and very interesting way of using our gel plates and paints!!!! The result is stunning, very beautiful!
    Great for kids too I think. Thank you Giovanna! :)

  5. Giovanna, Love these. When I read the title, thought it meant only the prints and book were handmade, but it is the stencils too!
    You show many techniques and are a good craftswoman. Thanks.


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