Thursday, January 30, 2020

Venetian Mask with Crystal Colors by Giovanna Zara

Hello, Giovanna here! Lately, Crystal Colours are all the rage. They are little bottles containing colourful powders that react with water creating a burst of color perfect to create one of a kind backgrounds. You can even use them as watercolours. 

There are several kinds of crystal colours on the market, from basic ones to ones containing mica powder or even walnut crystal to get a more vintage look. The vibrant pigments work perfectly with the Gelli Arts® plate! In this video I show you how to use them on parchment paper and, with the prints I got, I gave a new look to a couple of blank carnival masks. Right on time to celebrate the wonderful Venetian Carnival!

Note: please wear gloves when working with crystal colours. 

Watch my video and create along with me!

Step by step tutorial:

Roll out a small bit on the diamond mini Gelli® plate, and then pour and roll out the crystal colour on top of that.

Flip over the mini plate and print on the parchment paper.

Repeat with a darker shade or contrasting colour, then lay a stencil on the previous print and print over that. Repeat this process until you fill the whole parchment sheet. I created monochromatic print pages, but you can use different colours on the same page.

Make several of these prints with different shades.

Now to decorate the mask: first, tear the gel printed parchment paper.

Brush gel medium over the mask and adhere the parchment paper strips to the mask.

Cover the whole mask and set aside to dry. When dry, trim the excess paper off and embellish with rhinestones, feathers, lace, 3D pens, etc.

Now your mask is finished!

- DecoArt Americana Premium gel medium (matte or glossy)
- Crystal Colours (Pixie, Infusions, Brusho, Magical Shaker, Shimmer Powders)
- Mandala Stencils by GiogioCraft

Be sure to share your #GelliArtsMade creations with us by tagging @GelliArts ! Happy Printing!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Personalized Photo Printing with Gelli Arts® by Jo Lawson

Greetings Gelli Arts® creators! Jo Lawson here with my favorite gel printing technique, with a new twist. As you might know, one of my favorite ways to use the gel plate is with magazines to create image transfers. Now, I have figured out a way to use my own photos!

Here is my creative process......


January and February are FULL of celebrations and birthdays in my life. So many of my friends and family love my art, especially the image transfers I create using magazines, so I wanted to find a way to make them more personal and use them as one-of-a-kind gifts. Everyone loves a personal photo, and I wanted mine to be a little extra and something truly special that I would love to create. 

So the research began...

The first thing I had to figure out was what type of paper on which to print my photos and where I could find it. With a quick Google search, I discovered that Vogue magazine (one of the best I have found to create gel prints from) uses M-real's Galerie Fine Gloss 80gsm paper. Now, this can be ordered in bulk from the website... however it is mainly sourced to large companies that print brochures, magazines, etc. I set out to find an alternative that would better suit my needs (and wallet) and found an article citing Xerox Bold Digital printing paper (glossy brochure paper). I ordered a ream and set to work. 

With the right paper in hand, a LaserJet printer (I have a Brother), high viscosity Liquitex® paints, and my gel printing supplies, I finally had all the tools necessary to make this dream a reality. Come on this journey with me and explore all the possibilities this process holds. Use this tutorial as a guide and then make it your own! Get creative!

For a list of all products used in this project, please see the materials section at the end of the post.
Personalizing your image transfer prints...


For the best instructions, please view the video tutorial above. Below are a few extra tips. 

1. Start by picking out a few photos you want to turn into gel prints. Just like when printing with magazines, look for images that have:
● strong focal points
● simple backgrounds
● high contrast

2. Once you have chosen your images, convert them to black and white using whatever photo editing software you have and prefer. 

3. Adjust the contrast and exposure of each photo if necessary.

4. Print photos on brochure paper using a LaserJet printer.

5. Bust out your favorite Gelli Arts® gel plates!

6. Apply high viscosity Liquitex® paint to gel plate. Try to get an even layer of paint- not too thin, not too thick. The balance is important with this type of image transfer. Perseverance is key: if at first you don't succeed, try try again! Stick with it and try not to get frustrated. It takes practice.

7. Place your image, face down, on the paint and burnish.

8. Lift (image should be a "ghost" print on the plate) and remove any undesired paint on the edges of print. 

Note: if there is only paint and no image, you used too much paint. If there is no paint and no image, you did not use enough paint.

9. Immediately print with cardstock or paper of your choice. BURNISH!

10. Voila! Add embellishments around the edge of the print to make it special. Perhaps use your favorite stencil and inks, like me!


The end result is amazing! All my loved ones immortalized in gel prints!
To make these truly gift worthy, find a nice frame with a mat and finish them off. Anyone would LOVE to receive these personalized, one of a kind gifts on their birthday or for any celebration. 

  • Gelli Arts® 8 x 10” printing plate
  • Gelli Arts® 4" Roller
  • Xerox Bold Digital printing paper (brochure paper)
  • Liquitex® Basics acrylic paints (high viscosity works best)
  • scissors/cutting tool
  • laser jet printer
  • frame with mat
  • personal photos
  • photo editing software
  • various stencils

Happy Photo Printing!

If you tried this technique, be sure to share with us @GelliArts and #GelliArts !

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Liquitex® Collaboration- Eco Leather Bracelets by Mariví González

Do you like DIY jewelry? In this post, I'm going to show you how to make your own bracelets with a Gelli® plate and Liquitex® acrylics. These bracelets are beautiful and a very original gift idea!

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Step by Step:

First, put paint on the Gelli® plate and spread with your brayer. I didn't use any texture tools, as we'll use this as the base color for the bracelet. 

Now you can decorate your bracelet. You can use stencils to create some beautiful effects. You can also create effects using stamps. Here are the results!

Finally, I used a plastic button applicator to make the bracelet closures.

Now your bracelets are finished. It's super easy! These are a perfect gift for any occasion, or to wear yourself :)

To see a more detailed step by step, watch my video below. 

I hope you like this project, and if so, share it on your social media networks and give me a follow!

-Pieces of Eco Leather, about 2-3cm wide, and long enough to fit around your wrist
-Plastic buttons

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Gelli Arts® and Liquitex® - Wooden Houses by Kirsten Varga

I am excited about this project I did for the collaboration between Gelli Arts® and Liquitex®. It is a sculptural work titled "an Ode to HOME". 

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I made a short video of my process, enjoy!

Here are a few additional notes about prepping the wood for my project.

The wooden houses were cut from 1x2, 1x3 and 1x4 lengths of wood. The wood from the home improvement store comes in 6 and 8 ft lengths. (Sometimes they will cut them down to manageable lengths for you if needed. Just ask!) I was able to take them home as-is and with my husband's miter saw, I cut them into houses of various sizes. (My patient husband helped me so much with this. Thanks sweetie!) I only used 7 from the PILE of houses I had leftover from all that cutting. 

After a light sanding to the edges of the houses, they were ready to be sealed. This step is important for the longevity of the artwork I create on the wood. All the water-based materials applied to the surface can react with the naturally occurring acids in the wood and help them rise to the surface. Not good- so you want to seal the wood with a size. Size is basically a thin solution (like a weak glue) that is applied directly to the surface of the wood. I used Golden GAC 100. Usually, one or two coats and a day or two of curing is all it takes to make sure your artwork lasts!

The next layer can be paint or gesso. I only applied gesso to a few because I wanted to see if there was a big difference in the end look. I can tell you that the look didn't make a big difference to me but I liked the way the gessoed surface printed better.

- 1x2, 1x3, 1x4 pieces of wood from home improvement store that I cut down into various house shapes with a miter saw.
- Clear sizing to seal the wood (I used Golden GAC 100)
- Liquitex® Gesso
- Liquitex® Basics Acrylic Paint
- Gelli Arts® 6x6" printing plate + brayer
- Gelli Arts® texture tools
- Sakura® Pen-Touch Paint Pens
- Uni-Posca Paint Pens
- Clear Glossy Sealer (I used Rustoleum Gloss Clear)- I went with a spray sealer because I used water-based paint markers and if I brushed on a sealant I knew I ran the risk of the paint smearing. Make sure to apply in light thin layers. I accidentally got heavy-handed on a few (in my excitement) that it made some of the paint bubble (oops!). As it dried, it settled down but next time I will reign it in. :)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Liquitex® Collaboration: Printed Paper Bags by Maribel Romero

Hello! Maribel here, for my first ever post on the Gelli Arts® blog. Today I am sharing with you my project for the Gelli Arts® and Liquitex® collaboration.

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Gelli Arts® and Liquitex® sent me this very nice box with the basic Heavy Body Acrylic colors. Let's start!

I have some simple craft paper bags and I decided that I could decorate them a bit for the project. Now I can deliver my gifts in a slightly more original way than just plain bags. 

I started by putting a small amount of Titanium White paint on the plate. This paint is thick, but it spreads pretty well. Pictured above is the result after putting the bag over a reindeer stencil. 

Then I tried the red paint.

I used a stencil with some Christmas motifs here. 

It is so simple!

This is the result.

I played around with some more paint as you will see in the video below!

Watch and create along with me:

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