Thursday, October 31, 2019

Passport Holders Using Alcohol Inks with Gelli Arts® By Giovanna Zara

Hello, Giovanna here! Today, I will show you how to make a set of colourful gel prints using alcohol inks. With these prints I created a couple of passport/card holders. Alcohol inks are vibrant and transparent colours and they dry even faster than acrylic paint- so less waiting for drying!

Note: Please wear gloves when working with alcohol inks.

Step By Step:

Spread a few drops of alcohol ink on the 8" x 10" Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport plate. I’m just using one color to avoid messiness.

Roll the ink gently, after few seconds you can see that is already dry.

Roll a blob of white acrylic paint on the plate and spread the paint evenly so you can see through the white. Then, pull a print right away. You get a interesting worn and distressed look.

Next, lay your favorite stencil on the plate and put few drops of alcohol ink on the plate in a contrasting color to the one used in the background. 

Wait until the ink is perfectly dry then lift the stencil up. If you are not happy with the result, rub gently with alcohol and start again.

Roll another blob of white acrylic paint on the plate, making sure you spread the paint evenly so you can see through the paint. Pull a print with the same cardstock used before.

To make the passport holder:

Cut out a piece of grey cardstock, like from a cereal box, slightly larger than your passport (I’ve covered one side with book pages).

Glue your gel print to the grey cardstock with tacky glue. 

You can avoid these steps if you use heavy white cardstock (such as 300 gsm) from the start.

When perfectly dry, fold along both sides -2 cm from the edge- and fold in the middle.

Attach a piece of elastic cord to form a loop on one flap and a brad on the front panel. Cover the flaps with two pieces of gel printed cardstock. Embellish and strengthen the borders and spine with (hand-made gel printed if you like) washi tape.

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

Happy Printing!


  • 8" x 10" Gelli Arts®+ JaneDavenport gel plate
  • Gelli Arts® brayer
  • DecoArt Americana Premium white transparent acrylic paint
  • Mandala stencils by GiogioCraft
  • Ranger and Stamperia alcohol inks
  • White cardstock, cereal box, glue, scissors


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Fun Animals With The Gelli Arts® Cactus Garden Kit By Tania Ahmed

Welcome to the Gelli Arts® Blog!

Tania Ahmed brings us our next Gelli Arts® DIY Printing Kit project using the DIY Cacti Garden Kit. She totally thinks outside the box and made these cute animals prints using the shapes included in the kit. 

Perfect and fun for kids, the possibilities to create with our DIY Kits are endless!

Watch and create along with Tania as shows how she created these fun little guys:

Thanks for joining! Be sure to share all of your DIY Kit creations with us using #GelliArts


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Halloween BOOkmarks with Gelli Arts® by Sara Ferret

Join Sara Ferret for a fun Halloween BOOkmark project!

Sara here! Today I am going to show you how to make a Halloween themed Booo-kmark using a recycled foam plate. 

Watch my video below and continue reading for step-by-step instructions:

How to:

1. Cut the foam lunch box until you have a plain surface without edges.

2. Use a pencil to draw your design in the foam lunch box.

3. Load black paint on half of your Jane Davenport x Gelli Arts® plate.

4. Stamp your foam plate design on the painted side of the gel plate, then stamp it on the blank side of the plate.

5. Pull your print with white paper. Make 2 or 3 prints to find your favorite prints.

6.Cut your favorite prints to the size of a bookmark.

7. Draw three circles on top of each skull with different colors. I use Dina Wakley scribble sticks and Posca markers to make a floral diadem. 

8. Add a pearl shape in each flower with Perfect Pearls. 

9. Cut cardstock in a contrasting color that is a little bit bigger than your bookmark.

10. Make a hole in the top part of the bookmark with the crop-a-dile. 

11. Add some sentiments to your work with Tim holtz stickers (Occasions) and Studio Light washi tape. I add some sari ribbon to make the words pop. 

12. Stitch around the bookmark with stitching machine.

13. Now you need to decide if you want to add black tulle or not! If you add it, you need to stitch around the bookmark again.

14. Next, make another hole on the top of the bookmark and add an eyelet. Then knot a sari ribbon on top. 

15. Glue a Halloween wood embellishment on top of it with glue gun.

16. Make some splatter with paint markers!

Thank you for reading and watching my video! Please share with us your gel prints using #GelliArts


Materials used:

  • 8x10" Jane Davenport x Gelli Arts® Plate
  • Foam lunch box (recycled)
  • Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Brayer
  • White cardstock to print
  • A contrasting color cardstock
  • Dina Wakley scribble sticks
  • Posca markers
  • Liquid pearls
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Black eyelet
  • Sari Ribbon
  • Tim holtz stickers (Occasions)
  • Studio Light washi tape with words
  • Halloween wood embellishment
  • Glue gun

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Gel Printed Cacti Placeholders with Gelli Arts® by Giovanna Zara

Hey everyone! In this video, I show you how to create a bunch of fun and colourful mini cacti to use as placeholders.

Everything you need is in the Gelli Arts® Cacti Garden Kit (buy here). Happy Cacti to everyone!

Watch my video and create along with me:

Thanks for joining me! Be sure to share all of your cacti creations with us using #GelliArts


PLUS! From now until Saturday, 10/26/2019, take 20% off your order on with the code: DIYCACTI


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Printing Drop Shadows with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® Blog!

It's Birgit here today to show you a technique that is definitely not new- but, there is nothing wrong with revisiting an oldie but goodie, especially when it is such a great one, right!?

Watch my video and create along with me:

This 3- layer technique with stencils and masks creates drop shadows which gives your prints a wonderful 3D effect.

And it is easy as one - two - three!

Print your first layer in middle value colors. Then, place a stencil or mask on top and print the second layer with a darker/contrasting color. Finally, place the stencil or mask slightly off on the print and print with a light (but opaque) color on top. I added some titan white to my last layers to make the light colors more opaque. 

Please share your drop shadow prints with us on Instagram using @GelliArts and #gelliarts - We love seeing your creations!

- Brayer
- Acrylic Paint (DecoArt, Amsterdam, Liquitex)
- Stencils and masks: my designs for Carabelle studios (Indian Tile stencil, Indian Mandala mask)
- Acrylic block 17x17cm: Carabelle studio

Thank you for reading and happy printing!


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Meet Our New Gelli Arts Artists!


Our awesome Gelli Arts® Artist Team is growing! 

Artist Coordinator - Tracy Weinzapfel

Hi I'm Tracy!
What you see, is what you get….I put it all out there every day. I am the mom of three kids (22 old son & boy/girl 18 year old twins). I am a freelance painter and mixed media artist who draws my inspiration from nature. I live life with a creative edge and know that sharing my passion to inspire others is my calling.

I am a published multi-medium artist and have worked as an Art Educator with a variety of art manufacturers.  My work and art studio has been featured in multiple publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, Painting World Magazine, Home Depot Online Room Inspirations, Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Just Mixed Media, Simply Crafts and I am a proud member of the Association of Creative Industries  and Society of Decorative Painters.  I am also one of the founders of where you can join me for fun and inspiring ideas!

You can follow me here: 

Website/Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - YouTube

Maribel Romero

Hello, my name is Maribel and I dedicate myself to the world of YouTube.  I am 41 years old, have three small children and I am from Spain.  I have been doing crafts since I was little.  My passion is the recycling of any object -- but I play with other topics such as painting, scrapbooking and mixed media.  

You can follow me here: 

Martice Smith II

Hey, y'all! I'm Martice, a multi-media creative, photographer and graphic designer from Kansas City, Missouri. I have an insatiable craving for all things color and texture! I'd describe my artwork as a visual symphony of bright colors, patterns + florals with an abstract, graffiti twist. Sometimes, I like to go off-beat and combine traditional media with digital techniques.  

I show creatives how to bear hug their artsy superpowers by infusing a playful vibe into their art process. I do this by creating online courses, videos, and offering one-on-one creativity coaching sessions. In my free time, you can find me taking care of my jungle of tropical houseplants or watching cute panda videos!

I've been blessed to have my work exhibited, collected worldwide and featured in industry magazines and books like Cloth Paper Scissors, 'A World of Artist Journal Pages' and 'Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling', to name a few.

You can follow me here:

Karen Elaine

Karen Elaine is a mixed media artist and author. She is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys sharing her discoveries of the creative process.
Her joyfully inspired watercolor, art journaling, and mixed media workshops are designed to encourage creativity and healing. 

You can follow me here:
Website - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest - YouTube

Mariví González

Hi, my name is Mariví González. I am from Malaga, Spain. Since childhood I have liked all kinds of crafts. Although I studied computer science and accounting, the path of life has led me to art. And I am very happy to be able to live from it.
I've been doing tutorials on YouTube for more than 4 years where I have 2 craft channels.
My passions are decoupage, recycling, creative painting, scrapbooking and the mixed media. I love mixing techniques, products and materials. If you like art, don't be afraid to experiment, in art there are no rules. Simply, let yourself go and create beautiful things that brighten your life by looking at them.
You can follow me here: 
Marivi Gonzalez Manualidades YouTube - El rincón de Angela YouTube - Instagram - Facebook - Pinterest - Blog

Mansi Bhatia

Mansi is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. She has led workshops for seniors as well as preschoolers. No matter the audience, her goal is to focus on free-spirited creations. She wants her students to feel the rush that comes from experimenting with different media, using colors as a way to express themselves, crafting with their hearts and hands...really tuning into their gut. Because when they listen to their intuition, they create art that connects with the soul. She enjoys exploring techniques for stamp-creation, portrait-transfers, collage-making and abstract-printing using the Gelli Arts® gel plate and various mediums, including acrylics, alcohol inks, pigments and fabric paints. 

You can follow me here:
Facebook - Instagram - YouTube

Alexa Doebler

Alexa Doebler (aka Blue Woods Design) is a self-taught mixed media artist living in Holland, Michigan with her husband & 2 kids. She loves art journaling, creating faces & trying new things in her artwork. She believes art should be an expression of self & that includes a wide range of emotions, thoughts & experiences. From serious to silly, art can enhance our experience of this life & should be valued for the process of reflection & expression! 

Alexa now creates art, teaches in her studio (The Art Garage) & hosts art retreats throughout the country (Paintbrushes & Palette Knives Art Retreats). Being creative & sharing that with others has always been a part of her journey. Throughout it all she loves the connections made throughout her creative endeavors!

You can follow me here:
Facebook - Instagram - YouTube - Blog

Welcome to the team, guys!

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