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!

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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


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