Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Principle Methods of Gelli Arts® Gel Plate Printing by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today! I'm so excited because this is my 50th video for Gelli Arts®!!

When you're just starting with gel printing, the number of different techniques, mediums and supplies you can use can appear daunting.

However, did you know you can group all of those different techniques into three basic monoprint methods, regardless of the supplies or mediums you use?

The three approaches are:

1. Subtractive/reductive

2. Additive

3. Masking

The subtractive or reductive approach is all about removing or manipulating the paint on your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

For this method, you start by applying a layer of paint or ink on your gel plate and then you draw into the paint, use tools, rags or fingers to remove paint and push objects into the plate to manipulate it before you pull a print.

Tools you can use to draw with: rubber-tipped shapers, q-tips, rags, brushes, fingers.

Tools that will lift paint or ink from the plate when pushed into it: texture plates, stamps, sponges, found objects, corrugated cardboard.

You can also use thin paper to remove paint or ink from the plate. It's especially helpful when you want to print the positive part of punchinella, stencils or open-weave fabrics.

Tip: if you find your acrylic paint is drying too fast while you are still working on your design, it usually helps to add a so-called extender or retarder to the paint to increase the open time.

The additive approach is when you apply paint or ink to the plate before pulling a print.

Tools you can think of: brayers, brushes, fingers, stamps, sponges, found objects.

For the masking approach, you place a thin flat(ish) object in between the inked up surface of the gel plate and the paper. 

The object doesn't have to be a mask or a stencil. Anything that (partially) blocks the paint from transferring from the gel plate to the paper works.

Think of: feathers, leaves, rubber bands, string, punchinella, gauze, tape, masking fluid. 

Of course, the fun begins when you start to combine the subtractive, additive and masking methods into one print!

You don't have to limit yourself to acrylic paint or ink either. Once you get going, you'll notice that the principle methods apply to all media suitable for gel plate printing.

See what you can find around the house or in nature to make unique marks and have fun trying them out with your Gelli Arts® gel plate!




Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate 5"x7"

Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools

Gelli Arts® Circle Stencil 5"x7"

4" roller


Acrylic paint

Slow dry medium

Paper (I prefer drawing paper)

Thin paper (deli paper, tissue paper, newsprint, computer paper)

Q-tip, paintbrush, rubber shaper, sponge, empty tape roll, corrugated cardboard, DIY foam stamp, found object, punchinella, open-weave fabric, foam brush, textured wallpaper, lace, rubber bands, textured fun foam, cosmetic sponge

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Printing Focal Images with Gelli Arts® by Alexa Doebler

Hey hey Gelli Arts®️ Printers! Alexa here today to dive into using our Gel Plate for creating a main focal image!

Often when we are printing with our Gelli Arts ®️ printing plate, we are thinking of backgrounds & collage pages, things we can use to start our art journal pages or cards. But what if we could create amazing focal images using our printing plate instead of just backgrounds?!

Today, I'll show you how to use craft foam to create you own unique-to-you stamp/texture plate for your gel plate. Instead of creating textures &/or patterns, we will use the foam to create the image we want front & center….think flowers, hearts, words, butterflies...or my favorite, faces!

Watch how I create a focal image stamp here:

Check out these prints:

Supplies used:

  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Foam plate (or cardboard) 
  • 8" round Gelli Arts®️ printing plate
  • 4" round Gelli Arts®️ printing plate
  • Gelli Arts®️ brayer
  • Liquitex Basics paint
  • Posca Paint Pens

Alexa's Instagram

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Basics: What You Need To Know When You Start Gel Printing

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here and today and I have no pictures of fancy and colorful prints. Today’s video is about what you need to know before you start gel printing.

You can use almost every painting, stamping and drawing medium on the gel plate and there are uncountable videos to find online about all the different techniques you can do.

I notice that a lot of people who buy a gel plate for the first time dive right in and try all those fun techniques because the results are all amazing. But the basics, the need to knows, get skipped.

I think that in order to be able to manage all those techniques you first need to master the basics.

So here’s a start and it might also be interesting if you have been gel printing for a while now.

I will go in to how to roll out your paint, how much paint to use and why, which paint to use and how to clean and store your plate.

And if you follow these instructions I can guarantee that you will enjoy your gel plate for a long time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy printing!



Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Storage Box with Ink Sprays and Gelli Arts® By Giovanna

Hello everyone, Giovanna here with an upcycling project inspired by my love for cats. Beside having two ‘almost’ sweet cat residents in my home, I‘m fond of two stray cats that visit my backyard often, so it is easy to collect cat food boxes of any size and kind. And since I’m becoming a handmade texture plates hoarder, I was looking for a suitable place to store them. A perfect match! 

!Enjoy the video 


  • -Roll out a small blob of white acrylic paint on the plate
  • -Spray ink or acrylic paint and roll gently
  • -Add texture with a texture plate
  • -Pull a print
  • -Add more layers with stencils
  • -Cut the gel prints to size
  • -Adhere them with glue to the cardboard box, trimming the excess when dry.


  • -Gelli Arts® 6x6'' gel printing plate
  • -Gelli Arts® 4'' round plate
  • -DecoArt Americana Premium Transparent White acrylic paint
  • -Texture plates
  • -Distress Oxides Spray
  • -DecoArt Media Mister
  • -Dylusions Ink
  • - GiogioCraft Stencils


Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials


Thursday, June 4, 2020

How To Choose The Best Paper For Gelli Arts® Gel Plate Printing by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today!

One of the most frequently asked questions is 'What paper is best for Gelli Arts® gel printing?'

The answer: there's an unlimited array of papers that are great for gel printing!

You can print on anything from computer paper to card stock to fine art printmaking paper to found paper.

Which paper is best depends heavily on your personal preference, your budget and what you intend to do with your prints.

The only paper to avoid is glossy coated paper stock (like photo paper). It can stick to the plate, and it may not come off without damaging the plate's surface.

Other than that any smooth-surfaced paper that doesn't fall apart the second it comes in contact with moisture is excellent!

The only way to find the perfect paper (for you) is to try loads of different types.

Especially when you are just getting started with gel printing, the best paper is the paper you can afford to buy in bulk. You're going to use lots of paper!

Copy paper, economical packs of cardstock and drawing paper, are all good choices.

Smooth-surfaced paper gives a more solid print. Textured paper (cold-pressed watercolour paper, handmade paper, textured cardstock) can result in a more distressed look.

The ideal paper weight is the one you love to work with, and that suits the gel printing technique you want to execute.

I tend to prefer paper, that's around 200 g/m². Anything more substantial can feel too stiff, and anything lighter may buckle more quickly depending on the quality, finish and the amount of sizing in the paper.

The finish and/or the amount of sizing in the paper determines how (non-)absorbent it is. If the paper is very absorbent, the paint or ink can bleed into the fibres, and printed details can get lost.

It's not easy to tell you what the pound equivalent of my favourite paper weight is. Grammage per square meter is the same across all types of paper, while the lb also depends on the paper basis you're dealing with. At the Gelli Arts® headquarters they like to print on 110 lb cardstock.

Heavier paper (cardstock, bristol, mixed media paper, hot-pressed watercolour paper) can handle some wear and tear. It's excellent for stand-alone prints or for when you intend to add layers of other media on top of your print.

Lightweight paper (deli paper, tissue paper, rice paper) is terrific for removing paint from the plate. It's also perfect for collage and decoupage.

Sometimes thin paper can stick to the plate. Increase the open time of your paint with a retarder to prevent the paper from sticking and possibly tearing.

Once you're well into gel plate printing, it's worth paying attention to the archival quality of paper.

And, if you intend to sell your work, you may also want to look into fine art (printmaking) paper.

However, you don't have to limit yourself to archival-safe blank paper. It can be fun to print on found paper (book paper, sheet music, paper bags) too.

If the paper is too brittle to handle, you can adhere it to another substrate first, much like faux chine collé.

Don't rule out coloured or patterned paper either. Metallic paints on dark paper can produce stunning results!

Even the thinnest paper can handle multiple print layers. The key is to allow the paint to dry in between pulls. So keep layering until your happy with the results!

We’d love to hear what your favourite paper for gel printing is. Please share it bellow or tag us on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsmade. We love to see your work!

Have lots of fun gel printing on lots of different types of paper!



Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate 9”x12”

4” roller


Acrylic paint

Paper (all cut to A5 size)

Herbs harvested from my garden

Matte medium

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fun and Easy Cards by Mansi Bhatia

Hello, again, everyone!

Graduation season is upon us and I am sharing some really fun and easy cards you can make for the graduates in your life! The fluorescent colors make each unique monoprint that much more vibrant! I hope you’ll enjoy the video and find some ideas on how to create your own greeting cards.

I used the Gelli Arts®️ Mini set of octagon, quatrefoil and diamond mini plates. The process is simple: brayer on a thin layer of color on to the mini plate, add a pattern (or not if you prefer to just highlight the shape of the mini plate which is a design element in and of itself), and stamp a monoprint. I like to place my mini plate on an acrylic block for easy manipulation, but you can also put your cardstock on to the mini gel plate and pull a monoprint.

I went around the cardstock “stamping” my colors and patterns, covering every bit of the paper. I don’t like to leave any white spots because when I trim this cardstock to make my final cards, I’ll find a way to use all parts of it.

When I was happy with the final image, I started assembling the card(s). I trimmed the first cardstock (original size was 5.5x4.25) by a half inch on all sides (and saved the resulting frame). I added a gold die cut sentiment and a reverse sentiment strip along with some small embellishments and the card was gold to go. I used the frame from this card in the second card and also used the paper I cleaned my brayer on (I never throw those copy papers away!). As you can see in the video, I was able to get some very different looking cards using the same mini gel plate and the same colors.

I then used the quatrefoil mini gel plate to create the next set of cards and decided not to use any patterns this time mainly because I wanted to show you how easy it is to make a beautiful card with minimal effort.

This was such a quick process and I love the final outcome. If you’re creative, you’ll be able to get multiple cards out of a single monoprint.

I hope you will give these versatile mini gel plates a try and make some really unique cards!

Happy printing!

See you all next time,


P.S. if you want to see a real-time video of my process with these mini gel plates, be sure to watch the live video on the Gelli Arts®️ Facebook page.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Gel Printing with Thread, Yarn and Rope by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog. It’s Birgit here today and I’m going to show you an easy and fun technique to create beautiful organic texture using thread, yarn and rope.

When I start a session like this I like to have both white (copier) paper and colorful printed paper on hand so first you can have some fun creating random colorful prints or find some in your stash.

With this technique, you can build up many layers and still see the previous layers. Also you can pull beautiful prints from the paint that was underneath the thread, yarn or rope on your plate after pulling the first print. I have to admit that I might love these even more. 

This is a can’t go wrong technique! If you don’t like your print add another one on top until you're satisfied. Just make sure the prints are dry in between adding layers so your colors stay bright and crisp!

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy printing!!


Products used:

Gelli Arts® gel printing plate 5”x7”

Acrylic paint: Gelli Arts®, Deco Art premium and DecoArts Media Fluid

Speedball soft rubber brayer

Heavy (200 gr.) copier paper

A variety of thread, yarn and rope.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

How to Make a Gel Printed Fabric Mask by Tania Ahmed

Hi friends!

Like many of you I have been spending a lot of time indoors which means that I can revisit some of my older hobbies and interests. I used to sew a lot when I was in college and often used to make customized bags, pouches and totes for my classmates. I think a lot of us crafters who have been doing it for many years have dabbled in all sorts of hobbies!

As face masks are a little hard to get hold of here in the UK, with delivery times extending to weeks, I decided to try my hand at sewing one and was surprised to discover that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

Here is how I created mine:

There are many free tutorials available online, so after watching a couple I adapted the pattern to suit me and the supplies I had readily available. Plus, I was itching to do some gel printing on fabric and use some of the newer stencils!

My sewing was a bit rusty, but I had fun stitching the face mask together which you can watch in the video tutorial that I made.


  • Gelli Arts® Mini Plates
  • Gelli Arts® 3x5" Plate
  • Gelli Arts® Stencils: Leaf, Circle, Roundabout
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Fabric Medium
  • Cotton Fabric (pre-shrunk if you plan on washing it)
  • Brayer
I hope that you all are keeping safe wherever you are during these safe and uncertain times.

If you have any questions, please do let me know! Have ever you tried printing on fabric before?

Take care and have a great day, friends!

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