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. :)


  1. These are fantastic home decor pieces, thanks for sharing the process video!

  2. Great ideas! I can see some eclectic Xmas houses!


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