Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ribbon Embellishments with your Gelli Arts®️ prints with Alexa Doebler

Hey hey everyone, Alexa here with a fun project for your Gelli Arts®️ prints!

I am often asked about what to do with all those prints...because you know how it goes, once you get printing, you can't stop! And before long, you have a huge stack of prints. 

What do you do with them?!

Or, you're trying a new technique on your plate & the first few prints don't quite turn out how you want. They're not bad, but not what you were trying to achieve, so into the pile they go!

Well, this project will help you use up those less than perfect prints or make a dent in that pile of fun ones just waiting for a project. This project is also great for creating that scrappy look in your art journals!

Today we'll create scrappy 'ribbons' of gel printed pages. 

Check out the process video here:

To create these ribbons, simply cut your prints into 2 different sizes of strips. I cut 1 inch strips & half inch strips.

Next, take the strips to your sewing machine. Stack a skinnier strip on top of a wider strip. (Using contrasting colors creates fun interest & a scrappy look).

Run it through your sewing machine about a half inch (no need to be precise) & then stop your machine. Next, create a fold & tuck the strip under itself to create a 'ruffle'.

Then sew again. Repeat this pattern. Sew, stop, tuck.

When you get to the end of the strips, you can either start a new one & just make small bits, or you can tuck new strips into the fold & keep going to create a long ribbon.

In the end you'll have perfect scrappy bits to add to your art journal!

Materials used:
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Multiple Layered Prints- Lining Up Paper by Birgit Koopsen

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® Blog!

It's Birgit here today with a new video.

A question we hear a lot is "how do you print multiple layers and get them all in the right place?'

The simplest way is to line up your paper with a reference sheet under your gel plate.

The easiest thing to do is place your plate on a sheet of paper the same size as the paper you want to print on.

If you want, you can mark the bottom of the printing paper to prevent having the paper upside down when printing the next layers.

Now make sure you line up the corners of the printing paper with the corners of the reference paper underneath the plate, and your prints will be in the exact right position. 

Thank you for watching and happy printing!


Acrylic Paint: DecoArt Premium
Momento Luxe Ink Pads
Speedball Brayer
Mask: Indian Mandala by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio
Art Printing Plate: Floral Grid by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Quick Valentine's Note Cards: 3 Ways by Mansi Bhatia

Hello everyone! I know there are many of you like me who are last minute crafters. So with Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to share three very quick ways of getting some love notes done for those special people in your life. Greeting cards are the norm, so why not do something different? You can write a sentimental message on the back of the note card, invite a special someone out for lunch or a cup of coffee, or even stick a gift card into the envelope along with the handmade note card!

Who says last minute crafts can't be awesome? Here, let me help you pull it off in style!

First way: Get Your Fingers Messy
Spread paint around with your fingers. Don't worry about a specific way of doing it. Just enjoy the sensory experience. Add some textural elements and stencils. Use deli paper (or parchment paper) to keep the backside of the note card clean. Pull a print. Or two. Set aside.

Second (Traditional) Way: Use Your Brayer

Spread out the paint in a thin layer with your brayer and pull a base print. Add another layer of paint and add some stencils to create layers of designs. Pull prints.

Repeat the process until you're happy with the layers and colors. I used my homemade wooden stamps in this one to include some XOXO and heart symbols. Set aside.

Third way: Use Distress Inks

Apply distress inks with a brush directly on to the gel plate. It will look like there isn't much, but wait 'till you pull a print. Less is more in this case. The prints you pull will be soft and delicate unlike what you achieve if you were to use distress inks directly on paper.

Use stencils and stamps as you would with acrylic paints. Using distress ink is the fastest way of making creative, one-of-a-kind backgrounds. You can see the difference when you apply distress inks directly on paper versus when you pull a print from the gel plate.

Next up, I embellish the note cards with pencil colors, die cuts of previous monoprints that I have lying around, stickers and paint pens. I also made matching envelopes. You can get really creative and go to town with embellishments or keep it simple if you're in a time crunch.

I have a couple of bags filled with die cuts from previous gel plate prints. I usually go through that stash to find coordinating pieces when I am pressed for time.

I did end up getting the backs of notecards a bit messy so I used double-sided tape to stick on a blank notecard. It also makes the notecards sturdier.

This was a quick project with some very satisfying and different looking results. Let us know in the comments which technique was your favorite!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Scrapbook Album for Valentine's Day by Mariví González

Today we are sharing with you a collaboration project from Miss Mama Mint, a wonderful scrapbooking and mixed media brand from Spain. Be sure to look out for more collaboration projects from Gelli Arts® + Miss Mama Mint in March! 

Valentine's day is coming up and i'm sure you want to surprise your loved one with a special gift! What better gift than one that you made yourself. This beautiful album is the perfect idea to save all of those photos of unforgettable moments that you have made together.

So let's get down to making the album. It's super easy, just follow my step by steps below! 

For this project, I used products from the Natura collection by Miss Mama Mint and my Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

I also used Deco Art Americana premium acrylic paints. I chose the colors that went best with the Natura collection, but you can use the colors you like best, or the ones that go best with the paper you are using.

Step by Step:

1. Cut an A4 sheet in half. Draw a heart that occupies as much of the half sheet as possible. Cut the heart out. That will be the template for the entire album.

Trace the heart on a piece of cardboard two times and cut it out with an X-Acto knife or scissors. 

2. With the same heart template, cut 2 hearts from each sheet of the scrapbooking papers. Reserve 3 sheets of paper to cover the album covers. 

With those 3 sheets, we lined the front and back cover that we had cut from the cardboard.

3. With the Gelli® plate, we will print on the back of the cut out hearts. The Miss Mama Mint papers are blank on one side so I decorated it by gel printing with acrylic paint and Miss Mama Mint stencils.

4-. Once I finished decorating the album sheets, I bound the album with a spiral using a cinch.

To decorate the interior of the album, I used some diecuts and seals from the Miss Mama Mint Natura collection. 

Here are some of the pages I made:

5. To decorate the album cover, I use vellum paper, diecuts, and stickers from Miss Mama Mint.

Once you finish decorating, you're done! All you have left to do is put your photos and memories inside.

If you want to view the tutorial step by step, watch my video below. I have English subtitles so you can follow along easily. 

I hope you like my work, and if so, do not forget to leave me a comment and give me a like. See you in the next tutorial!

- Mariví


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Gelli Arts® Valentine's Cards with the Printmaking Starter Kit by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today sharing Valentine's cards and tags!

Plus- read to the end to learn how you can enter to win our Valentine's Day giveaway!

The Gelli Arts® Printmaking Starter Kit won the Creative Impulse Award for Creative Kit of 2020 at Creativeworld in Frankfurt.

It's one of three new kits we offer that include everything you need to create a fun gel printing project.

Each one comes with full instructions, so they make great starter kits for anyone new to gel printing.

The Printmaking Starter Kit has full instructions to gel print on the tags included in the kit. However, the tags can also act as a super cool texture tool!

Watch me create a bunch of Valentine's cards with the contents of The Printmaking Starter Kit, and i'll show you exactly what I mean!

I chose to work with a Valentine's themed colour palette instead of using the paints included in the Kit.

The paint in the kit is more than enough to gel print tags as well as notecards though, and i'm saving it for another project!

Parchment paper is a thin translucent paper that you can use to blot excess paint from your Gelli® plate.

I like to use it to cut temporary stencils and masks. It's also perfect collage material, so don't just throw it away: use it to gel print on, and then paste it onto your artworks!

Please share what you've made with the Printmaker Starting Kit on Instagram using #gelliarts and @GelliArts - we love seeing your creations!

Happy printing!


Gelli Arts® Printmaking Starter Kit

Permanent Pen
Acrylic Paint (I used Liquitex)
Folded Notecards (4.5")
Repositionable adhesive dot roller

Sari Ribbon (Sara's Saris by Sara Ferret)


Giveaway time! 

We are giving away a Printmaking Starter Kit + red and white acrylic paint to one lucky winner!

To enter: leave a comment on this blog post and we will randomly draw a winnerDeadline is Monday, February 10, 2020 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

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