Thursday, June 27, 2019

Gel Printed Badges Using Gelli Arts® Mini Plates by Lucy Brydon

Hi! Lucy here. 

Today I am going to show you a fun way of making little badges and brooches using gel printed scraps you may have lying around, or you can print some specially for the project!

Video instructions to follow along:

Start off with making some prints. I used the hexagon shaped plate, but any will do. I used leaves as that is always my go to for printing, but again, any prints will do, so use your personal preference!

I layered up several layers of bright colours using the DecoArt paints.

Once your prints are dry, draw around the shapes you are going to use for your badges and cut out the shapes.
I used a roll of washi tape just so I could see what the prints would look like when cut out before I committed to cutting them.

Using gel medium or pva glue, attach your prints to the wooden shapes. Let them dry completely, then trim them with scissors. You can also use some sandpaper to neaten up the edges.

I am using Sepia Accents to add a dimensional shiny surface to my badges, but you can also use Diamond Glaze, or just do a layer of varnish if you do not have those products. If you are adding a dimensional medium, apply it carefully and use a pin to get rid of any air bubbles. Let this layer dry completely! It may take a while so be patient!

Finally, once this is dry, attach a brooch pin to the back using some E6000 glue. 

Let this dry for several hours (12-24) before using.
We would love to see what you create! Please share on instagram and don't forget to tag #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration ☺

For this project you will need:

  • A mini gel plate (any size will do but the mini ones are good for making small prints)
  • Cardstock or paper
  • Acrylic paints (I used DecoArt acrylic but any will do)
  • Brayer
  • Leaves or other stencils/textures
  • Wooden shapes (I got mine on Ebay)
  • Dimensional medium – I used Sepia Accents but you can also use Diamond Glaze)
  • Glue or gel medium
  • Brooch pins
  • E6000 glue
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Colorful Distressed Backgrounds With Birgit Koopsen

Hi there!
It’s Birgit here today with a new video. 

I had actually planned something different for this blog, but after posting a picture of the following print on social media last week, there were several requests for a video showing how I created it. So here we go- you ask, I answer ☺

This technique is not difficult- but I know that when there are a lot of colors involved it can be scary because that could easily end up being one muddy mess, right? 

So here are a few tips that might help you avoid getting mud. 

When you look at a color wheel (google ☺) and place a straight line from one color to the color opposite of it, you find the so called complementary color. These colors give you the highest contrast when used together and work very well together if you love colorful prints.  

However, if you mix them they will turn into mud.  

So, to keep your colors bright and clean, avoid mixing those colors on the plate and only use colors that mix well. 

Then, when you are at the second step of this technique you can throw in all those complementary colors and create beautiful and colorful prints. 

I am looking forward to seeing your prints! Please share them on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration

Happy printing! 

-Birgit Koopsen

Materials used: 
Gelli Arts®  gel printing plate 8”x10” 
Deco Art Americana Premium: 
Titanium White 
Green Gold 
Diarylide Yellow 
Cobalt Turquoise Hue 
Quinacridone Magenta 
Hansa Yellow Light 
Phthalo Turquoise 
Americana Multi-Surface Satin: Flamingo 
Heavy copier paper (200gr.) 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Art Journal Page by Tania Ahmed

Hi friends!

Tania here. I love using different mediums on my Gelli Arts® Plate and I was really excited to
try Jane Davenport's Squid Hybrid Inks on their new plate set! I love that the
Jane Davenport x Gelli Arts® 8x10 printing set includes the following:

- 8x10 gel printing plate
- 3" Seashell Mini Plate
- Printable Seashell Stickers
- Seashell Stencil
- Eyelash Yarn

Watch along and see how I made this art journal page:

Continue reading for step by step instructions:

1. To start off, I applied the inkpads directly to the plate and blended the colours together by
overlapping the edges a bit. If any colours transfer on the inkpad, I just dab it off on a
scrap piece of paper.

2. You can either use any mark making tools you have in your stash (such as combs, textured supplies, packaging, bubblewrap) or you can use the seashell stencil that comes in the kit to lift some of the ink off the plate. Repeat as needed and pull a print! Once you have a few prints ready to use, decide on a background and cut it down to size. 

3. I stamped and coloured in one of the face stamps from Mix & Match with Jane's Matchmaker paints and added shading and highlights with color pencils. Next, cut the face out.

4. Roughly cut out a body shape from one of the prints you created. Glue both the face and the body to your background page. 

5. Add more highlights and shading using Jane Davenport's DramaSticks, Licensed to Quill Pen and Ultimate Pen. Add shading around the figure with ColorSticks. 

6. Die cut a shape from one of your prints and attach to your page. 

7. Stamp sentiments and flowers from stamp sets to your page. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the video and tutorial!
- Tania

Materials list:
  • Gelli Arts plus Jane Davenport Kit
  • Gelli Arts Mini Tools
  • Gelli Arts Brayer
  • Acrylic Block
  • Altenew Crisp Ink Permanent Black
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
  • DecoArts White Acrylic Paint.
  • Jane Davenport Matchmaker Paint Set
  • Jane Davenport ColorSticks
  • Jane Davenport DramaSticks
  • Jane Davenport Licensed to Quill
  • Jane Davenport Ultimate Pen Golden Age
  • Jane Davenport Squid Ink
  • Jane Davenport Free Spirit Stamp
  • Jane Davenport Mix and Match Stamp
  • Jane Davenport Build a Bouquet
  • Jane Davenport Cutting Template

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Gel Printing with Watercolours With Marsha Valk

Hi there! Its Marsha here. Today I'm sharing my experiments with watercolour on the new Jane Davenport 8x10” gel printing plate! 

The amount of water needed to activate watercolours causes the ink to bead up on the slick surface of the gel printing plate. You can still pull awesome textured prints with it, but sometimes the distressed, beaded look isn't what you are looking for. 

In last month's video, I applied liquid inks to the plate with a cosmetic sponge. This method works well for a watercolour that is already liquid, but, although it isn't impossible, it is harder to achieve with watercolours that come in a small pan.  

The solution is to apply a barrier on the plate to combat the slickness, or to alter the watercolour to change the water tension.  

In an earlier video (link:, I applied dish soap to the surface of the plate. The soap created both a barrier, and it altered the viscosity of the watercolour. It created fun prints, but the results still didn't look like a watercolour. 

So this time, I thought I would try layering different mediums to see if I could come up with a way to create a more predictable result.  

Watch the video to see how I got on, creating a mixed media gel print using watercolour pans! 


In the video, Im using a Jane Davenport watercolour pan set.  

Before you start, you need to soften the watercolour cakes. I spray the pans with water, and I let them sit for a whileYou can also use a dropper or load your brush with water and add a drop of water onto each watercolour cake. 

Use an old watercolour or soft hybrid brushes to work with. The gesso can be rough on the bristlesand you dont want it to damage your best brushes! 

Try to keep your brush damp. 

It needs to be moist enough to release the pigment from the watercolour pan and at the same time dry enough not to create a puddle on the plateRemember that the gel printing plate and the acrylic mediums layered on top do not soak up any of the moisture as watercolour paper does. 

cant wait to see the gel prints you createPlease share your work with us on Instagram using #gelliarts. 
Happy watercolour printing! 

Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Printing Set 
4” roller 
Jane Davenport Glitz Sea Watercolour Set 
Jane Davenport Mermaid Tail Swatch Stamp & Die 
Acrylic Paint 
Clear gesso 
Matte medium 
Old (watercolourbrushes 
Spray bottle with water 
(Paper) towel 
Die-cut machine 
Tissue paper 
Watercolour paper (9.5” x 12) 
Paint marker 

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