Friday, September 27, 2019

Digital Art with Gelli Arts® By Joanna Grant

Hi everyone! Joanna Grant here. Here’s a really simple project for you. We’re going to use up some of those gel prints we don’t really like and combine them with a bit of technology to make fabulous digital collage art with Gelli Arts®. 

Here’s what we’ll be using today:

In our first step below, you’ll see a color photocopy of one of my gel prints.  I had scanned the original gel print into JPG format and then printed it out at the local Staples store on 8.5 x 11" paper.  The print is okay, but not that interesting.  Let’s see how we can jazz it up a bit.


I’ve collected some scraps of other gel prints and included some coffee filter gel prints I made, but didn’t know what to do with.

Using a glue stick, I adhered some torn scraps of gel prints onto the photocopy, strategically placing the scraps where I thought they were needed most. These are typically the areas you think are muddy or kind of blah.

When the glue was dry, I took the piece to my scanner and scanned it, creating a new JPG file of the modified photocopy.  Here’s the color print of that altered photocopy.

Next, I took my Xs and Os stencil and some pink paint and added some more interest to the altered gel print. You can do this step with your gel plate or just by stenciling on to the print. When the paint dried, it was back to the scanner to create another JPG file of the newest version of the gel print.

Now I have a really interesting background that I can use for all kinds of projects. I could glue the newest version of the color photocopy into my art journal for a background. I could also do this with the original, but I find that working with color photocopies when using an art journal is easier because the copies are not as bulky as the originals. Also, paints and other projects seem to go over the photocopy quite easily.

I also love to use these altered gel prints (the photocopies) for gift wrap of small presents and for bows!

But, what I ultimately decided to do was to use the newest version of the gel print photocopy as a backdrop onto which to add yet another JPG image; this one of Frida Kahlo (courtesy of  

For this step, I used Microsoft Publisher, opening up a blank document and simply adding the JPG of the gel print and then adding the JPG of Frida on top of it, resizing the Frida image and moving her around on the background until I found a pleasing layout. Easy peasy! I then printed the finished Frida gel print as a color photocopy.

This is the process I also use when I get a gel print to a point where I really love it and don’t want to mess it up by adding more layers. By scanning the gel print and creating a JPG image and then printing a color photocopy of it, I can print as many copies as I like and experiment with adding more gel printing over top of the new “original.” That way, I always have the true “original” to go back to AND having the added bonus of not as many layers of paint to deal with. This matters if you are using your gel prints for collage, as I always do. And, ultimately, you get great depth to your gel prints with this process.

I hope this lesson has opened up your mind to the incredible possibilities there are in incorporating technology with our gel printing fun. 

Happy printing, everyone!  Here are a couple more photos of other gel prints treated to this same technique.  The possibilities truly are endless!

Be sure to tag your Gelli Arts® + digital art prints with #GelliArts and #GelliArtsInspiration !

-Joanna Grant


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Recycle! Print with Packaging Materials by Birgit Koopsen

Hi there, welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here today and I’m back with a new recycle video!
This time I’m using packaging materials.

Unfortunately almost everything we buy in the supermarket is packed, a lot of times, in plastic. That’s a lot of trash we create!  But, when you take the time to look at your waste with different eyes (i.e. the eyes of a gel printer) then you will realize that a lot of this so called trash makes perfect printing tools. This is also great when you are creating on a budget!

In this video I’m showing you 3 different types of packaging; egg cartons, pill strips and cookie trays. Each of them makes beautiful and surprising prints! I am sure you can find many more “waste” items to use in your printing sessions!

So, I am challenging you to look at your trash with gel printer eyes, create something beautiful, share on social media and tag us @gelliarts so we can see what you came up with.

Products used:
Brayer (Speedball)
Acrylic paint (Gelli Arts® and DecoArt)
Packaging material
Heavy copier paper

Thank you so much for visiting!

Happy printing!

-Birgit Koopsen

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Meet The New Ninja Jr. Printmakers!

We are so excited to announce our new team of Ninja Jr. Printmakers!

These printmakers will share with us their awesome gel prints and favorite techniques!


Friday, September 13, 2019

8x10" Fine Art Print with Gelli Arts® by Bob Pennycook

Hi there, Bob here. Let’s have a look at how I created this 8x10" image. By using a stencil, I could apply all the base colors and pull the print once to create the image. Details were added later.

Watch my video to see how I created this piece:

Step by step:

Using a piece of heavy card stock, create a circle about 3 ½” in diameter. I used a compass, but feel free to use anything you have around the house as a template. 

Then, create a second circle about ¼” out from the first circle. Add a ¼” wide horizontal line as shown.

Using a sharp scalpel, cut along the pencil lines. Your goal is to save the ¼” circle and horizontal line to use as a stencil.


This is how the stencil should look once you’ve finished cutting.


I used a homemade registration board (but for this project you don't necessarily need one).  

Here's a video about my homemade registration board:

Place the stencil on the gel plate about an inch down from the top of the plate.


If you’re using Golden Open Acrylics, mix all your colors before you start. These paints give you plenty of workable time before they start to dry out.

The picture below shows the pure color and the mixes. 

From left to right at the top is Indian Yellow Hue, Napthol Red Light, Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black. 

In the lower left there was a puddle of Titanium White. Add a little black to every color. This black isn’t an Open Acrylics color but it’s compatible with the Opens.

The mixes are from left to right:
-Yellow + a little red + white and a touch of black. 
-The next is red + blue + white + a touch of black.
-The next is lots of white + a little blue and a touch of black. 
-At the bottom is lots of white + blue + a touch of black.


With the stencil in place, paint the sun with the yellow/red mix, using a different brush for each color. Paint the sky with the violet mix. 

Paint the bottom shape starting at the top of that shape with the light blue, then the darker blue followed by the purple. 

Blend the colors as you work down the plate. Use a large bristle brush for this area to create texture in the final print. 

While the print is still wet, protect the sun with paper and spritz the rest of the print lightly with water. Immediately press a flattened shop towel onto the print, rub the towel lightly and remove. You should see random dots of lifted paint. Just more texture! 

Now, we’re going to add random horizontal lines to the bottom shape of the print to make it look a bit like water. I used this homemade stamp pictured below. 

To make the stamp: cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit a small piece of Masonite. Glue the cardboard to the Masonite and let dry. Spritz the top of the cardboard with a lot of water and peel back the top layer of cardboard exposing the corrugated middle of the cardboard. Dry and seal with a gel medium. Dry and it’s ready to use. 

We’re going to stamp directly on the print. Tape off the edges of the print and protect the sky and sun. Use only a low adhesive tape or you’ll rip the printed paper. Press the tape onto a piece of cloth to remove excess adhesive before applying to the print.

Use a small piece of dry sponge to tap the light blue paint mix onto the stamp. Press the stamp onto the print so the corrugated lines are horizontal on the print. Gently remove tape.
The photo below shows the final stamped look. 

For the orange reflection lines in the water, I used the gel plate and printed from the plate. However, if you don’t use a registration board, simple tape off the lines and apply paint directly to the print. Top line is about ¼” and the next two lines each decrease in width. To paint, use a clean, dry piece of sponge and gently tap in  the “sun” paint mix.

Draw or transfer the tree design.

Roughly outline all the shapes with squiggly lines using a white pigment pen. Roughly fill in one half of each tree shape with the 8B pencil. Then loosely brush a little of the sun color onto the top of the trees.

That’s it; you’re finished!

Thanks for reading! Please share your prints with us by tagging @GelliArts - we love seeing your creations!

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You can get the 8x10" plate that I used in this project by clicking here!


  • 8" X 10" Gelli Arts® Plate
  • Printmaking paper: Stonehenge, BFK Rives, Fabriano 
  • Golden Open Acrylics in Indian Yellow Hue, Napthol Red Light, Ultramarine Blue and any black. I used Golden’s Mars Black which isn’t and Open color but it will work fine.
  • Optional registration board
  • Painters’ tape
  • A range of brushes
  • Palette
  • Shop towels
  • Card stock
  • White pigment ink pen and 8B pencil
  • Xacto knife/scalpel
  • Cutting mat for stencil

Friday, September 6, 2019

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing with the Cacti Garden Printing Kit by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today sharing Cacti Garden cards!

Have you seen the NEW Gelli Arts® DIY Printing Kits? There are three different kits, and they include everything you need to create a fun gel printing project.

Each one comes with full instructions, so they also make a great starter kit for anyone new to gel printing. 

To give you a jumping off point, the Cacti Garden Kit includes templates for several different cacti and pots. But you don't have to stick to the provided shapes if you fancy a succulent or flower garden instead. 

You can easily adapt the plants to anything you've got your heart set on. The possibilities are endless!

There's more than enough paint in the kit for additional prints. In the video, I used textured wallpaper to create prints on extra paper that I use as a backdrop for my cacti. 

In the Netherlands, you can find wallpaper samples at a DIY store. They're usually free as long as you're a paying customer, and you don't take more samples than you would usually take when shopping for wallpaper. 

If your local DIY store doesn't have wallpaper samples, you can use anything from textured paper, embossed cardstock to stamps and stencils from your stash to achieve a similar effect. 

Please share your Cacti Garden prints with us on Facebook and Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration. We love seeing your creations!

Happy Printing!


-Gelli Arts® Cacti Garden Printing Kit

-Embossed cardstock or textured wallpaper
-Crayons, coloured pencils
-Passepartout cards (mine are store bought 4x6" and 6x6")

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