Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Gelli Arts® and Dare 2B Artzy®- Fun with Florals!

This week, Gelli Arts® is excited to team up with Dare 2B Artzy with our theme Fun with Florals!  Our Artists teamed up to bring together Gelli Arts® plates and their great stamps. 

Our first artist is Jo Lawson of Small Batch Cards. She was inspired by Botticelli's Primavera! Jo came up with these beautiful Spring Goddess Triptychs:

Here are close ups of the empowered women that she represented:

Watch the video to see how Jo created these triptychs:

Make sure to visit Jo's Blog here for more detailed photos and step-by-step instructions.

Our second artist, Kirsten Varga, brings us this beautiful Maze Book:

Watch this video and create along with Kirsten where she shows how she created this fun book!

Details can be seen on Kirsten's blog.

Our next artist is Catherine Tonning-Popowich who partnered her Gelli Arts® 8" round gel plate with Totally Tracy Dare 2b Artzy© stamps.  She worked with parchment papers for her prints which gave the prints a Batik look.  For paint, she used the DecoArts Americana Premium Acrylic paints and mediums.  

Make sure to check out how she created this in her step by step video:

Our final artist is Joanna Grant. She created this bright and colorful mini mixed media canvas:

Watch this awesome canvas come to life in this fun video:

We are excited to offer a giveaway as well! One lucky winner will receive the following items:

To enter: leave a comment on this blog post and we will randomly draw a winner. 

Thank you so much to all the Artists who participated and shared their creativity! 

Make sure to Visit Dare 2B Artzy's blog to see what their Artists created and for another great giveaway!  

Giveaway open worldwide. Deadline is Friday May 3, 2019, 11:59PM ET. Winners will be determined by random drawings from all eligible entries received. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Blogger in any way.
No Purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. © 2019 by Gelli Arts®, LLC, Philadelphia, PA. All rights reserved.

© 2019 by Gelli Arts®, LLC

Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Textured Landscape by Gelli Arts® Artist Bob Pennycook

Hi there! Bob here. Thanks for joining me as I create a textured landscape using bristle brushes, handmade stencils, sponges and some ink.


  • Golden Heavy Body acrylic paints in Green Gold, Titan Green Pale, Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Teal, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • GelliArts® 6x6” gel plate
  • Registration system*
  • 2” wide painters tape
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Cutting mat
  • Tracing paper
  • Shop towels
  • Bristle brushes
  • Graphite paper
  • Soft sponge – a grouting or makeup sponge will do
  • Scalpel knife
  • Pencil
  • Uni-ball pigment ink pen
*To do this, you’ll need a registration system. The two following images show a simple registration system. In the remaining photos, I use my homemade registration board.

If you don’t have a registration board, here’s how you can set up your work area to ensure each print pull is registered to the previous print pull:

First, place your gel plate on a non-slip surface. Tape off an outside corner. If the plate should move during printing you can line up the plate edges against this taped corner.
Next, create a hinge for your paper. Place your print paper over the gel plate centering it as best you can. Apply a strip of tape to the outside edge of the paper, overlapping the table. Press the tape down firmly on both the paper and the table. Lay the paper back onto the table, away from the gel plate, and reinforce the taped joint again. 

Here’s my registration board set to print. The gel plate snuggles up to the wood strips and I tape the wood strips to keep the wood clean during paint application.
Cut your paper to size. I use 22x30” printmaking paper cut into four pieces. That gives me the choice of creating either 6x6 prints or 8x10 prints. On the back of the paper, mark an arrow. You’ll slide that arrow into the metal corner bracket for each print pull.

Now you’re ready to print! 

With tape in place, brush a thin layer of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over the entire plate. I chose an old house-painting brush about two inches wide with flexible yet firm bristles. This type of brush will create texture in the final print.
Here’s the first pull showing the texture. If you don’t like the white paper showing through the print, use a small flat brush to directly paint on the print to fill in any of the white areas.
For your second pull, repeat the process with Titan Green Pale.
This time you’ll brush Transparent Red Iron Oxide onto the plate starting at the top and ending about half way down the plate. Take a shop towel and gently wipe the bottom edge of the paint to soften it to reduce the chance of a hard edge being printed. Pull your print.
As soon as you pull the print and before the paint dries, mist the print lightly with water and immediately cover the entire print with a shop towel. Gently press on the towel. Remove towel and very gently rub over the red iron oxide.
This is how it should look – a bunch of visual dots over the red iron oxide creating some interesting texture. Let your print dry (or use a hair dryer).
Next, we’re going to make three circle stencils- big, medium and small- using some card stock and whatever you have at hand to create a circle. I used the inside of a tape roll and a multi-sized plastic circle stencil. Draw three circles onto the card stock spaced well apart.
Use a scalpel knife to cut out the circles. Cut apart the holes on the card stock leaving a healthy paper edge around each hole.

I like to keep the positive circles for future use to create negative circles on some of my designs.
Tape the largest hole stencil over the bottom edge of the gel plate so that only three-quarters of the opening is over the plate. Use a dry, soft sponge to tap a thin, equal mix of Green Gold and Titan Green Pale into the opening. Remove the stencil and pull the print. 
Repeat the process with the middle sized circle stencil. Use equal parts Teal and Titan Green Pale.
Repeat with the smallest stencil. Use equal parts Titan Green Pale, Green Gold and Teal.
Tape off a thin line directly on the print and about half way down the largest circle. Use a sponge to gently tap in an equal mix of Teal and Titan Green Pale. 

For all my prints, I only use painters tape. It’s removable and has less adhesive than any masking tape. But, even though it has less adhesive, I still press the piece of tape against a piece of cloth (my shirt!) before placing it on the print to reduce paint lifting off the surface. Make sure that the tape is only gently pressed onto the print. There’s not much chance of paint leaking under the tape, but if paint does lift when you remove the tape, use a small, dry brush and very little paint to touch up the area – one thin layer at a time.
Next, I drew the tree onto a piece of tracing paper. I attached the paper to the print using a couple of pieces of painters tape. I slid graphite paper under the tracing paper, then transferred the lines using a pencil on top of the tracing paper.
I used a uni-ball white pigment ink pen to then trace over the outside lines of the trees and then fill in the tree with squiggly lines.

All that’s left to do is sign your work!

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Printing with Pastels and Stencils on Gelli Arts® Printing Plates with Birgit Koopsen

Hi there! It’s Birgit here today with a new tutorial video!
In the video I’m showing you how to create colorful prints with pastels and stencils.


Easy and fun and because you are working with dry materials you can take all the time you need J

Materials used:
5”x7”Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
DecoArts Premium Acrylics and Matte Medium
Carabelle Studio Stencils
PanPastel and Koh-I-Noor Hartmuth pastels
Baby oil and baby wipes

Here are some finished prints!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tag Chandelier with the Gelli Arts® Stamping and Printing Kit by Kirsten Varga

I needed to make something, anything, to attempt to pull myself out of a massive creative slump I have been in as a result of a massive 1,100 mile move I made with my family a few months ago. Workable space is hard to come by in my mess of a studio as I attempt to reorganize my supplies from the unpacking.  When I feel uninspired (we’ve all been there!) I tend to make something small with easy to use supplies, simple marks and then try not to overthink it. Please tell me I am not alone! My original thought was to just make a small stack of prints and add them to my collection of collage papers or even print some patterns on some tags for future gifts. You know, something small and not too intimidating. Well, it became much more than that.
This project started out with the Gelli Arts® Stamping and Printing Kit. Having the tools I needed already picked out for me was a relief. So I gathered my paint and a stack of manila tags and got to work.
I started off with creating simple patterns on the foam so I could use them to stamp onto my Gelli Arts® printing plate. Making my own marks with a ballpoint pen on the foam was an exciting, easy and satisfying way to create my own patterns.
Included in the kit was some bubble wrap and sequin waste so it was easy to decide to use them along with my patterned foam sheets. I thought I would end with a dozen or so tags, you know ‘cause I wanted to “keep it simple”, but I was having so much fun that I ended up with 42 tags! Printed on both sides!

One side is a burst of color and the backsides are strictly monochromatic black. (Here is a tip for getting a great print from your foam “stamp”. Make sure you don’t have too much paint on your plate.)

I likened the contrast to my creative brain. Sometimes it is bursting with ideas and other times not so much. I purposely used my foam plate patterns on both sides because my creative brain still has ideas waiting to come through even when it seems like I am creatively stuck.

I decided I wanted to keep the tags together in a single project. To showcase them I took one part from a small embroidery hoop and tied the tags onto it by their strings.
Repetition is one of the strongest principles of design and makes a great visual impact.  I am so glad I got lost in the process and created such a large number of tags at once.
This project became much more than just a quick way to make something to jump-start the creative juices. I am glad I was able to find personal meaning within it and create a visual reminder for myself. Whether I am bursting with ideas or not so much, the creativity is there, ready to burst forth.


  • Gelli Arts® Stamping and Printing Kit
  • Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints
  • Manila Tags with strings (mine are about 4.75” x 2.5”)
  • 4” embroidery hoop
  • Natural colored cotton string
I hope this inspires you and ends those dreaded creative slump days.  Happy Creating!!

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

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Create Patterns with Gelli Arts® Mini Octagon Printing Plate with Marsha Valk

Hi there! It’s Marsha here. Have you had a chance to play with the new Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Plates yet?

The set includes an octagon, quatrefoil and diamond-shaped mini plates. This trio is perfect for creating lots of fun prints.

Watch the video to see ten options for creating continuous patterns -- with just the octagon-shaped mini printing plate.  Imagine all the patterns you could make with all the mini plates!

Don’t forget to use all of your favorite texture making tools while printing patterns. You can work tone-on-tone, with layers of slightly different tones of color or you can go for bold contrasts. 

To distribute the paint evenly on your mini, use a brayer to roll the paint out on an inking palette or a sheet of deli paper. Then use the same brayer to apply a thin layer of paint to your mini printing plate.

I can’t wait to see what continuous patterns you come up with! Please share your work with us on Instagram using #gelliarts. 

Happy pattern printing! 


Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Plates: Octagon, Quatrefoil, Diamond
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint

Paper (A3 11.7”x16.5”) 
Acrylic stamping block
2” Brayer
Foam stamps (Nathalie Kalbach for ArtFoamies) 

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