Thursday, July 18, 2019

Clear Tape Transfer with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hi and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here today revisiting an older technique- clear tape transfers. There is an older video on the Gelli Arts® YouTube channel that is definitely worth watching. 

Watch and create along with me:

In my video today, I’m adding a couple of products on the plate. Instead of just using acrylic paint, I’m also adding permanent stamping ink and paint markers. 

I’m using Stazon because I like how fast it dries, but you can use any permanent (dye or solvent) ink as long as you give it time to dry. For the Posca markers you can use any acrylic paint marker that you have available. 

When you build up layers on the plate and then pull a print, your first layer will be the top layer of your print. In this case, when using clear tape, it’s different. What you see is what you get!  

After pulling the paint from the plate you can apply it to paper. You need some glue or matte medium to do so as the parts where the paint is will not be sticky anymore. You can apply the tape to white paper but also to book paper, music paper or patterned paper. In that case, it is a good idea to leave certain areas on the gel plate uncovered so you can see the paper underneath shine through. 

You can use the tape like washi tape on your cards, scrapbook pages or in your art journal.


If you don’t like the shine of the tape, just add some matte medium on top to reduce it. 

Products used: 
-Gelli Arts® gel printing plate 
-Gelli Arts® Acrylic paint 
-Posca markers 
-Perfect pearls 
-Make-up sponges 
-Matte Medium – DecoArt 
-Book and music paper 
-Clear tape in different sizes 
-Stencil: For the Love of Layers by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio 
-Stamps: Fanciful Dahlias by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio; Textures Printing by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio; 

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy printing! 


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Cut Paper Collage Mandala by Kirsten Varga

Hello everyone, Kirsten here. Today, I have a new tutorial video showing how I made a cut paper collage mandala.

Create along with me in this step-by-step video:

This is a perfect project for all those gorgeous monoprints you have stashed away and if you don’t, it gives you the perfect excuse to take out your Gelli Arts® printing plate and start creating!


Materials Used:
-9x12 Gelli Arts® Printing plate
-DecoArts Premium Acrylics
-Black Gesso
-Various texture making tools
-Wooden panel (mine is 6.75” square)
-Various circular objects to trace or a compass
-Adhesive of choice
-Tweezers (to help place small pieces)
-Uniball Signo white pen
-Fine tip Applicator filled with thinned black acrylic paint

We would love to see your mandala inspired artwork. Share your art with us on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #GelliArtsInspiration 

Happy Creating!! 

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Gelli Arts® & DecoArt Summer of Fun Collaboration

We are excited to partner with DecoArt paint company this month!  Our design teams joined creative forces to come up with some fun projects using Gelli Arts® gel printing plates and DecoArt® Americana Premium!  

Our first project is from Marsha Valk who created this summer fun collage art piece that made her think of summer days in the yard and vacations aboard:

For complete details and see her project come to life click here

Giovanna Zara brings alive a white cotton bag inspired by lovely succulents in her mum's garden!  

Find Giovanna's full details and video here to create your own custom summer time bag!

Bob Pennycook takes us behind his studio for a walk in the forest.  He uses that forest for inspiration for many of his prints and paintings.  We love having such a wonderful fine artist on our team!

This is a five color, multi-layer print that started as a photograph.  You can see his layering process HERE

One symbol of summer is pinwheels, and Kirsten Varga shows how to make colorful pinwheels using double sided monoprinted papers using the 9x12 GelliArts® printing plate.

Kirsten provides awesome step-by-step instructions and video here to create your own!

Catherine Tonning-Popowich brings summer to life with these summer sunsets on canvas crossbody purses and artist canvas board for framing.  

Catherine's project details and video can be viewed here!  Really lovely!

Tania Ahmed brings us Gelli Printed Parchment Paper Flowers!  Recently she has been very flower obsessed, so she is growing them, looking at photos of them, painting them and now trying out making paper versions. She used Gelli Arts Parchment Paper and found it was a good weight to make 3D flowers!  

They are just gorgeous!  Tania created this great video here to share how she makes them!  Absolutely gorgeous!

Jo Lawson transforms a teapot into a gorgeous gel print piece of art.  This is inspired by the dream of future garden tea parties with her daughter!  

So many beautiful details and you can see her creative process here.  

Lucy Brydon creates some summer fun theme prints inspired by the work of Wayne Thiebaud who printed fabulous works of sweets, cakes and ice creams!  

You can view Lucy's step-by-step details and video along with her inspiration here.

Make sure to visit DecoArt's post HERE for their team projects and a fun GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to all the Artists who participated in this collaboration.  Special thanks goes to DecoArt® for partnering with us.  We welcome all the amazing DecoArt® fans to visit and like us on Facebook and Instagram.  You will find lots of project ideas to incorporate all your DecoArt® paints on our Youtube channel!

Now for the fun part!  We are each giving away the paints/plates to create your own project!  


DecoArt® Americana Premium products (9 Acrylics and 6 Mediums) and:

Gelli Arts®: 9 X 12 Plate, Mini Set, Parchment Paper & Printing Tool

Click here to enter the giveaway: Gelli Arts® x Deco Arts® Giveaway

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

7 Tips for Gelli Arts® Gel Printing On A Larger Surface by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It’s Marsha here. Today, I’m sharing my top tips for when you want to print seamlessly on a surface that’s larger than your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate!I love to print a patchwork type pattern on any substrate that doesn’t match the size of my gel printing plate, but sometimes you just want to be able to print one design without apparent lines.

Watch the video to see how I go about disguising these seams:

In the video, you can see me prep my canvas board before I start printing. That’s because I prefer the surface I print on to be as smooth as possible.

Canvas has a texture, and in this case, I used collage to smooth most of it down. You can also use layers of gesso or paint to fill the crevices in the canvas.

I can’t wait to hear what your favourite method is to match up two gel prints. Please share it with us on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration !

Happy printing!

8” x 10” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
5” x 5” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
4” roller

2” roller
Cosmetic sponge
Acrylic Paint
Tissue paper
Mark makers (I used clear stamps)
Canvas board (14” x 19.5”)
Matte medium
Plastic card
Craft knife
Repositionable adhesive
Pens, crayons, pencils

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