Friday, August 30, 2019

Enameled Faux Crackle Boxes with GelliArts® By Giovanna Zara

Hello, Giovanna here! 

Today I show you how to create a set of gel prints with a stunning crackle effect. With these prints, I embellished some plain wood boxes with an enamel effect. It is really simple and a rewarding process-- so let’s start!

Watch my video and create along with me!

Here are some of the prints that I got:

Step by step tutorial:

1. Spread the crackle paste on a piece of corrugated cardstock and set aside to dry.
Tip: An alternative to the crackle paste could be embossing paste through crackle stencils, an embossing folder or a crackled texture plate.

2. Brush a layer of gel medium or PVA glue to avoid peeling off and set aside to dry.

3. Spread two contrasting colors of acrylic paint blobs on the Gelli Arts® 9x12” gel plate: spread the paint very very well. You must see through the paint to the plate, otherwise this technique doesn't work.

4. Press the crackle handmade texture plate on the left side, lift it, and press it on the right side several times until you are happy with the result.

5. Lay a piece of cardstock on the right side, press, smooth it and lift the cardstock.

You can try different colors combinations such as gold and black, white and red, blue and light green.

6. Paint the wooden box with acrylic paint.

7. Cut the cardstock to size and adhere to the lid with tacky glue. Wait until it is perfectly dry.

8. Next, add a glossy finish such as DecoArt TopCoat.


  • GelliArts® 12x9'' gelli plate
  • GelliArts® brayer
  • DecoArt Media crackle paste
  • DecoArt TopCoat
  • Corrugated cardstock

Share your crackle paint creations with us on social media and tag us @gelliarts, @giogiocraft and #gelliarts !!

Happy Printing!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Trash To Treasure with Gelli Arts® by Johanna Lawson

Hi there! It's Johanna here. 

Living in Florida, I am surrounded by beautiful landscapes, seascapes, and all the amazing wildlife they contain. Nature’s constant presence inspires me and my family to try to always put the environment first. This includes, among other ideas and actions, recycling.

Watch my video below to see my process:


For this project, I was inspired to create something using mostly recycled materials. Therefore, the tools and paper were all found in the “trash”. Well, actually, I saved them all from the trash. After monoprinting, I searched through my stacks and stacks of printed papers, ephemera, washi tapes, scraps (you get the idea), and found all the things needed to create a one-of-a-kind “junk” journal. The plan is to give these journals to the people I love for use as commonplace journals.

"A commonplace [journal or] book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do. Some of the greatest men and women in history have kept these books." ("How And Why To Keep A 'Commonplace Book'” by Ryan Holiday)

You have the power to make a difference in the world, one bit of trash at a time. Begin to see your garbage as an opportunity to create art AND aid mother earth by utilizing the resources at our disposal, not driving our cars to buy more pre-packaged stuff from big-box stores. Use this tutorial as a guide and then make it your own! Get creative! For a list of all products used in this project, please see the materials section at the end of the post.

journey to the junk journal….


For the best instructions, please view the video tutorial above. Below are a few extra tips:

1. Dig through your recycling bin or trash to find possible stencils and tools to use during monoprinting. Here are a few examples:

·         bubble wrap of all sizes
·         bits of cardboard
·         eyelash trim
·         punchinella
·         plastic from containers
·         citrus bags
·         toilet paper rolls
·         scraps of paper
·         egg carton

2. Using scrap paper, create a rosette and fan to use as monoprinting tools.

3. Using your gel plate and brayer, spread your favorite color paints and use the tools above as stencils, marking tools, lifting tools, etc.

4. Layer your paper again and again. that is the beauty of gel printing! if you don’t like a print, add another layer.

5. Use a file folder (of any kind) to create your journal cover. choose complementary colors (consult a color wheel) like the blue, purple, red, orange, and yellow cover seen here.

6. Continue printing using various tools and turn the file folder to get the “quilted” look. you can overlap layers or set prints side by side.

7. Use some ink sprays, shimmer spray, and splatter paint to bring the cover together and give it a cohesive look.


8. once you have a good stack of prints and a beautiful cover, rummage through your other scraps, prints, roll out paper, and bits of favorite paper you could never part with to create an inspiration pile for your junk journal. for this single signature journal, I used about 7-8 sheets of copy or magazine papers.

9. Cut, rip, tear, glue, and tape to create a one-of-a-kind commonplace journal.

10. Finish with a simple pamphlet stitch and fill with all your favorite quotes, poems, and stories. or send it off to someone you love 


Head on over to my Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook pages - @smallbatchcards - to see more of my tutorials and art. Order cards, prints, stationery, and other paper art gifts at

We would love to see what you create with recycled material! Tag your work with #GelliArts and #GelliArtsInpsiration !

  • DecoArt® Americana Premium Acrylic Paint
  • Gelli Arts® 4” Roller
  • 8”x 10” Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
  • 8.5” x 11” cardstock and copy paper
  • magazine for roll out paper
  • ScorePal
  • Scissors/Cutting Tool
  • Jane Davenport Washi Tape
  • Trash!

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Galaxy Tags by Gelli Arts® Artist Sara Ferret

Hi! It’s Sara here. Today is my first project to share on the Gelli Arts® blog and I’m so excited.

I have made some galaxy tags with the Gelli Arts® x Jane Davenport gel printing plate.

Watch my video to see my process:

First, I made a lot of backgrounds on the tags, all with neon acrylic paint. I’m using the Art Printing plates from Carabelle Studio to create some easy drawings/texture in the background.

When I have made enough tags, I cut some circles from cardstock with two different size punches.

We will use these as masks in the next step.

After that, I put some black acrylic paint on the Gelli® plate and place my circle masks directly on the plate.  I then place my tags I made over the circles and roll my brayer over the tags to pick up that black paint. You can start to see that "galaxy" effect starting to come out!

Next, I free stitched with my sewing machine around the circles and the borders.

Now we can really create the galaxy effect with some splatters of paint in the black parts. I used Posca markers but you can use other things as a old toothbrush or a brush with white acrylic paint.

I always like to add some embellishments, so I used the sticker book from Tim Holtz to add some sentiment to my art work.

I hope you enjoy the video, and if you create some galaxy tags inspired by this project please tag me Instagram @sara_ferret and tag @gelliarts as well. I can't wait to see them all!

Happy printing!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Join our Gelli Arts® Artist Team!

We are looking for artists to add to our current Gelli Arts® Artist Team! We love our team and we are excited to see it grow!   

Here are our team details:

Designer Responsibilities:

  • Provide (1) new project tutorial (including video and step by step instructions) every 4 months for our Gelli Arts® Blog. We love to see innovative printing techniques that we can showcase!
  • Participate in monthly themed challenges.
  • Place the Gelli Arts® Buy Button on your website/blogs where you will receive 10% for all sales generated with your special promotional code.
  • Promote Gelli Arts® work on your social media and tag us so we can share your work @GelliArts #gelliarts
  • Review new products and provide feedback as needed.

Designer Benefits:

A Gelli Arts® Brand Ambassador Starter pack which includes:
  •          (1) Mini Tool
  •          (1) Kit of your selection
  •          (1) Brayer
  •          (1) Mini Printing Plates Set
  •          (1) 9" x 12" Printing Plate
  •          (1) 4" or 8" Round Printing Plate
  •          Parchment Paper
  •          Assortment of objects for printing (stencils, bubble wrap, punchinella, eyelash yarn, etc.)
  • Gelli Arts® Apron
  • Cross promotion of you, your art, and your ideas on our social media platforms regularly.
  • Work with partnering companies in the industry to cross promote our products through blog hops and challenges!
  • 10% for all sales generated with your special promotional code.
  • Participate in live social media programs teaching specific techniques.
  • We will sponsor giveaways and challenges that you come up with to share your Gelli Arts® love!  
  • Are you a teacher? We would love to support your teaching opportunities!
How Do you Submit?

Provide the following information:
1. Name
2. Mini Bio - What makes you uniquely YOU!:
3. Website/Blog
4. Facebook (# of Friends/Likes - personal & business if applicable)
5. Instagram (# of followers)
6. Twitter and/or Pinterest (#of followers)
7. YouTube (number of subscribers, average # views)
8. Provide minimum of (3) projects you have created featuring printmaking - if you have instructions please include. One product must include a feature video - please include a link.

Tag us on Facebook @gelliarts and Instagram: @gelliarts on any projects you want us to see! Use the hashtag: #GelliArtsDTCall too!  This is your time to print and shine your creative light!

Entries due by September 14th.  Good luck!  

Email your entry to: 

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Happy Printing!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stamped Bookmarks with Gelli Arts® by Helen O'Hara

Hello everyone. I’m here today to share with you my favorite Gelli Arts® mono-print technique – freezer paper masks. You can use any kind of stamps to make these designs. Rubber stamps work well as do linocuts and potato prints.

I’ve made my prints into bookmarks but you can use this technique to make colorful papers for cards, tags, book covers and more.

Watch my video to see the process:

You’ll need your Gelli Arts® plate and a brayer, your stamps, ink, freezer paper, baking paper and an iron. I’m using Chromacryl student acrylics in process magenta, cyan, yellow and white. Thin card works well for bookmarks. You can use any texture tools like stencils, bubble wrap and combs.

Lay a piece of freezer paper shiny side down on your table. Place your card onto a clean Gelli Arts® plate. The soft surface will give a good print. Stamp your card. Every time you stamp the card, make a stamp onto the freezer paper as well. The prints on the freezer paper don’t need to be perfect, you just need to be able to see the outline. Cut out all of your freezer paper shapes.

Place your freezer paper shapes shiny side down on top of your card stamped images. Place some baking paper on top to protect your iron. Iron the freezer paper shapes. The shapes will stick to your card and mask the images.

Roll some paint onto your Gelli Arts® plate and make marks any way you choose. Here, I used a comb and a cotton tip.

Place the card image side down onto the paint and pull the print.

It’s easier if you now let the paint dry. Peel off the freezer paper masks. If they are tricky to remove then iron them again between baking paper to warm them and they will pull right off.

You can now use the card in any way you like! You could cut it into strips and add a ribbon to make bookmarks. 

The freezer paper masks can be used again and again. No need to cut more. Once you are finished with the masks it’s nice to use them as collage elements in your art journal.

Happy printing!


Materials used:
  • 8 by 10 inch Gelli Arts® plate
  • Thin Card
  • StayzOn ink pad
  • Butterfly stamp
  • Freezer paper
  • Scissors
  • Baking paper
  • Iron
  • Acrylics (Chromacryl student acrylics in process magenta, cyan, yellow and white)
  • Pool cover scrap
  • Homemade junk stamps
  • Stancil
  • Cotton tip
  • Gelli Arts® paint comb
  • Round foam brush

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