Thursday, October 22, 2020

Spooky Books with GelliArts® Artist Kirsten Varga

Welcome to The Gelli Arts® blog!

The spooky season is here and I wanted to make a little something to celebrate that spooky vibe. You know I love making books (and if you’re new here, well, I love making books!) and this was a perfect time to make some mini books that could be both decorative and useful. 

Journals printed with Halloween art

Journals printed with Halloween art

It’s been awhile since I broke out the bookboard to make 
a hard cover book so this was a fun project for me. When it’s a mini it makes things a bit easier (for me anyways). I ended up making SEVEN books!

Check out the video below for a peek into my process. Please note that this is not a comprehensive tutorial. I am still a beginner when it comes to making video tutorials so I have some links to fabulous video tutorials in the video description. 

If you want the nitty gritty details be sure to check them out!


Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate

Art Supplies

Liquitex Acrylic Paint

  • Gelli Arts® 8x10 Gel Printing Plate
  • Gelli Arts® Mini Texture Tools 
  • Brayer
  • Various found objects for making texture: cardboard tube, bubble wrap, sequin
  • Waste, cheesecloth-type fabric
  • Paper: paper bags, Japanese calligraphy paper, watercolor paper, kraft cardstock
  • Liquitex® Basics Acrylic Paint
  • Bookbinding Supplies: Bookboard
  • Rice Paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife/Cutting Mat
  • Binder Clip
  • Strong thread
  • Beeswax
  • Curved needle
  • Awl
  • PVA glue
  • Glue brush
  • Rulers
  • Book Press
  • Bookbinding Headband

Friday, October 16, 2020

Help Our New Gelli Arts® Artist Robyn McClendon Reach 10K YouTube Followers!

We are super excited to welcome Robyn McClendon to our Gelli Arts® Artist Team!

Here is a little about Robyn:

Robyn McClendon is a mixed media artist and a Gypsetter, “I love to travel as it provides me with an incredible amount of inspiration for my work!”.  

She specifically studied paper making, printmaking and bookbinding in the tradition of apprenticing, as these disciplines were dying art forms in the 80s and only being revived by artists.  She subsequently taught in universities and museum systems as an adjunct professor, often times setting up the programs in the art departments of these schools nationally, as the discipline of "Book as Art" was becoming recognized as a significant art form.  She also developed and taught in the Book Binding department at the Smithsonian Institution.  She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.

“I discovered the Gelli® plate 9 years ago, and found it to be the perfect studio tool to bring my passions together without the expensive set up of a traditional printmaking studio. Plus it travels easy!  My goal was to develop high quality techniques to encourage it's use by artists of all disciplines”.  

Here is the exciting thing about Robyn...she is about to reach 10K followers on YouTube! What an accomplishment and we are going to support her all the way!

Check her out her blog post HERE along with her awesome GIVEAWAY!  Click Subscribe so you can be part of her 10k peeps and see her amazing talent!

We are so excited to have on our team!!  More to come!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Alcohol Inks with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog today!

I hope you are all safe and healthy!

Today I have a fun video in which I am using alcohol inks.

I’m doing #inktober on IG this month.  Check it out!  

I have decided to use some kind of ink on my Gelli Arts® gel printing plate each day this month. 

So far -- I've had the most fun with alcohol inks.  I have used them before -- but now I am totally in love with them! 

And you know what the best part is of using your gel plate with alcohol inks? You don’t need Yupo paper! Any paper will work.  You can even print straight into your art journal if you want.

In this video, I’m showing you 4 ways of using alcohol inks on the gel plate. Have fun!

Note: You’ll see me add the acrylic paint (used to pull the prints) straight to the plate. A dry brayer though, might roll off the alcohol ink so you need to be very careful. It’s actually easier if you roll out the paint next to the gel plate and add it to the plate once your brayer is covered with paint.

Thank you so much for watching.

Happy printing and stay safe!



Gelli Arts® gel printing plate 5”x7”

Speedball - soft rubber brayer

White tags

Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink -  Alcohol inks

Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink -  Alcohol Lift-Ink

White acrylic paint

Winsor & Newton Galeria – White acrylic paint

All stamps, stencils and art printing plates by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Leaf Printing Table Decor with Gelli Arts® by Alexa Doebler

Happy Fall Ya'll! 

Alexa of Blue Woods Design here with a fun fall table decor project to bring your Gelli Arts ®️ gel printing into some new spaces! Gel printing isn't just for art journals & card just gotta get creative!

Today I'll show you how I used my gel plates to create this:

Watch the process here:


-Gelli Arts®️ Printing Plate (sizes 5x7, 8x10, 4x4)


-Liquitex Basics in Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue & Quinacridone Magenta

-DecoArt Premium in Paynes Grey

-postal paper roll

-paper placemats 


-paint pen or marker 



Hope you get some inspiration for utilizing your Gelli Arts® plate & leaves for creating some fun decor for the season! 


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Monotyping With The Gelli Arts® Printing Plate by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today!

The terms monotype and monoprint are often used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two.

When it comes to gel printing, I always like to think of it like this: 

Monotypes are a type of monoprints made by painting or drawing directly onto the printing plate in an additive manner with for instance brushes or shapers. Or by inking the entire surface of the printing plate and then, using brushes or rags, removing paint to create a subtractive image. 

It's hard to repeat the same strokes or gestures, so each monotype is unique.

Monoprinting, on the other hand, is the kind of printing that uses permanent features that you can repeat over and over again on additional prints. 

Think about it; if you use the same stencil, mask or stamp over and over again, you could print a whole series of similar-looking gel prints with slight variations. 

Today I'm going to share how you can create painterly monotypes with the gel printing plate. 

There's one caveat though. I am going to use a permanent feature: a reference image of a 16th-century painting, just to show you how easy and fun it can be to use one of your favourite images, drawings or photos as a guide.

Remember that whatever you paint on the gel printing plate will be printed in reverse, so make sure you paint the mirrored image onto your gel printing plate.

Slow-drying paint is key for creating painterly monotypes. I like using Golden OPEN Acrylics, however you can also use slow-drying printmaking inks or you can increase the open time of your regular paints by adding Golden Open Medium, Open Gel, or Glazing Medium to them.

Make sure the paint on your print is completely dry before you start enhancing it with pencils or markers.

Don't forget to share your gel printed monotypes with us on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsmade. We love to see your work!

Have lots of fun Gelli Arts® gel printing!




5" x 7" Gelli Arts® Printing Plate




Slow-drying acrylic paint (Golden OPEN Acrylics Carbon Black, Cobalt Blue, C.P. Cadmium Red Medium, Hansa Yellow Opaque, Titanium White)



Black pen

Coloured pencil

Paint marker

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Gel Printed Bottle and Jar by Tania Ahmed

Hi Friends!

Tania here to share a fun little project showing how I did some gel printing on recycled glass jars and bottles.

To start off, I painted an old jar and bottle that I had been saving for craft projects. I used gesso, but I would suggest using a glass friendly primer paint instead as it would stick to the glass better.

After letting the paint dry, I began gel printing on to the bottle and jar using a variety of tools, stencils and found objects!

You can lift up the gel plate to press it into any nooks and crannies of the glass jar and bottle.

I was lifting some of the excess paint off my brayer and gel plate on to my art journal, so I had some pages ready to work on when I feel like it.

After I was done, I sealed the jar and bottle with gloss acrylic spray sealer suitable to use on glass.


  • Gelli Arts 8 x 10" plate
  • Leaf Stencil
  • Flower Stencil
  • Ladder Stencil
  • Mini Tools
  • Brayer
  • Bubble wrap
  • Glass jar or bottle
  • Egg Carton
  • Optional Art Journal
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glass Friendly white primer paint
  • Brush
  • Sealing spray to finish

I hope that you enjoyed the project and please do let me know if you have any questions!

Take care and have a great day,


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Basics – Media That Can Be Used On The Gel Plate, pt. 3 - Wet Products – Birgit Koopsen for Gelli Arts®

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

Today I’m sharing with you another “Basics” video.

This one is all about wet products that you can use on the gel plate.

With wet products I mean products that don’t dry on the gel plate. Most of the time they will be water-reactive but there are stamping inks that don’t dry on the plate (or it takes a very long time) yet, once they dried on the paper they are permanent.

The difference with dry products is that you don’t need a second layer to pull the print,
the print will be pulled straight from the plate.
In this episode I’m focusing on (water-reactive) stamping inks, watercolours and combinations
of these two.

I’m using 200gr/90lbs copier paper for my prints but it will be fun to experiment with different
types of paper. The wet products will soak in differently in other types of paper and give
a different look.
This video is only covering a part of the wet products you can use.

Next month I will show more wet possibilities on the gel plate.

Check out the Gelli Arts® YouTube channel for more “Basics” videos.


Thank you for stopping by and happy printing!



Products used in this video:

Gelli Arts® 3x5”Gelli® Printing Plate


Stencils, stamp and art printing plate by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio

Paper: 200gr/90lbs copier paper

Stamping inks:

- Ranger Distress Oxides

- Memento Luxe

- Spectrum Noir water-reactive dye


- Art by Marlene

- Peerless

- No brand/cheap box



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Thursday, September 10, 2020

6 Cards in 30 Minutes with Gelli Arts® by Mansi Bhatia

Hi everyone!

It’s Mansi with another process video on how to use your Gelli Arts® plate to create some amazing cards. To be precise: 6 cards in under 30 minutes!

I used rainbow colors, a 5x7" gel plate, a stencil and pre-cut, pre-scored top-folding cardstock for this project. I’ll take you through the steps in the video but also scroll down to see still images of the cards and a recap of the technique I used.


Card 1

Background created by using seven colors of distress inks. You can use any ink pads you have. I like that the distress ink pads also let me achieve a watercolor look, so I reached for those. For this simple yet very vibrant background, I dabbed the ink pads directly on the gel plate in rainbow order, placed my pre-cut, pre-scored top-folding A2 cardstock, massaged it gently and pulled a print. 

All in all it took a minute to make this unique background print. Next, I took a flower stencil and placed it on top of this background. I used a sponge to dab on some ColorShift acrylic paint (the color changes from violet to blue), added outlines with Sakura glaze and glitter pens, and stuck a sentiment “Overthinking of You” on the top.

Card 2

I used the same dabbing technique as for card 1, but after dabbing on the inks, I used my brayer to blend the colors. Don’t overdo it, though, else the whole print will be nothing but a dull shade of brown. Rolling the brayer over the colors mixes the inks together and gives a more muted print. 

I then used the same flower stencil and applied white gesso with a sponge in the openings. I then used my navy blue Derwent Inktense pencil to create a “shadow” near the flowers, added some gold to the centers and stamped a “Thinking of You” sentiment. I think this would make for a great sympathy card because of its muted tones. 

Card 3

I used the same dabbing technique, using the same seven colors and in the same rainbow order. This time I placed the flower stencil the gel plate and then placed the cardstock on top to pull a print. I left the stencil on the plate. 

I then just added two sentiments and some sparkle embellishments to finish off this card.

Card 4

All I did to create this card was lift the stencil off from the plate (remember the one we left on the gel plate when we made card 3?), place the cardstock on and pull a print. 

It resulted in a beautiful soft print and all I had to do was put a sentiment strip, some glitter Nuvo drops and this card was done.

Card 5

I dabbed the ink on just like for the other four cards and used the same technique for placing the stencil on the gel plate BUT before I put the stencil on, I sprayed the inks with water. I wanted a smudgy watercolor look for these two cards and I succeeded with this card, I think. 

So, to recap, dab the inks, spray some water, place the stencil, put the cardstock on top and pull a print. I then sketched the outlines of the stencil with a black pen, stamped a “Happy Birthday” sentiment, added a sentiment strip and stuck some sparkle embellishments.

Card 6

For this card, I used the same technique as in Card 4 by lifting the stencil up and then taking a print. Because of the water the stencil print was extremely smudgy so I had to use white gesso like I did in Card 2…but that made the card look really dull. So, as a last ditch effort, I used a red glaze pen to outline the flower petals freehand and a black glaze pen for the stems. 

I then added a bold sentiment and some big pearls for the flower centers. I had thought this card would be a disaster but between this and Card 2, I don’t know which one is my favorite. 

So that’s it. These cards came together ever so quickly and easily. And I absolutely love that each one is completely different from the others. Do you have a favorite card?

I’d love for you to try this technique with your favorite stamp pads and stencils on whichever size gel plate you choose. I just find the 5x7" gel plate to be the perfect size for A2 cards (4.25x5.5).

List of specific supplies used and where to buy:

See you next time!


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