Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Spellbinders® : Custom Printed Papers & Stationary by Jo Lawson

Hi there!

Jo Lawson here, and today I wanted to share how I created fun custom 12x12" gel-printed paper, stationary, envelopes and labels with Gelli Arts® and the Spellbinders x Jane Davenport collaboration!

These are great to turn them into a special one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love.......enjoy!

A shout out to @johannaclough for her video that inspired this creation and tutorial

Materials used on this project:

I hope this inspires you to create your own stationary that reflects who YOU are!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Spellbinders® : Ombre Pastel Prints by Tania Ahmed

Hi Everyone!
I am excited to share my project for the Gelli Arts® and Spellbinders Jane Davenport collaboration!

I had a lot of fun using the Palette Pastels from Jane Davenport’s line with Spellbinders using the pastels gel print technique. It’s very easy to blend colours on the gel plate to get beautiful ombre effects. I’ve especially created a video showing off how I made this print plus I used the Storytime Paint Pens to add marks to get a very tribal finished piece.

Lately I’ve been enjoying projects that force me to slow down and take my time. I find that it calms my thoughts, and also helps me to focus and bring myself into the present.

To me that’s why art is so important and also for many of us for whom creativity is not just a hobby, it is a way of life. Art brings us joy and a peace of mind which is especially relevant at the moment.

To me gel printing is complete freedom, and the results never fail to delight me :) Even failed prints are an opportunity to learn or reuse as another layer. I hope that you give this technique a go, or even just take out your gel plates and supplies and play.

  • Gelli Arts® 8x10" Jane Davenport Plate
  • Gelli Arts® 8x10" Leaf Stencil
Spellbinders Products:
  • Mermalicious Brush Set from Making Faces by Jane Davenport
  • Mineral Eyes Palette Pastel Set from Making Faces by Jane Davenport
  • Chilled Palette Pastel Set from Making Faces by Jane Davenport
  • Lit Up Palette Pastel Set from Making Faces by Jane Davenport
  • Baton Blenders 30 Dual-Tip Foam Applicators from Making Faces by Jane Davenport
  • Storytime Paint Pens- Wonderland
  • Storytime Paint Pens- Snow Queen
  • Charismattic Paint – Look At Me Lilac
  • Charismattic Paint – I Love You Pink
  • Charismattic Paint- Minty Fresh

Take care, friends!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Gelli Arts® and Spellbinders®: Stunning Portraits by Mansi Bhatia

Hi everyone!

It’s Mansi with another process on how to use your Gelli Arts® plate to create stunning portraits without doing an image transfer (which I know can be hit or miss)! For this technique, I worked with Spellbinder Jane Davenport’s beautiful line of pastels that glide ever so smoothly on both the gel plate and cardstock. 

I hope you enjoy the detailed process and give it a try!

I placed my Gelli Arts® gel plate on top of the magazine page and traced the face with an acrylic marker. Next, I added in colors following the contours of the magazine image. Once I had a base layer of colors, I peeled off my gel plate and continued “painting” on it. When I felt I had enough color, I used a brayer to spread out a thin layer of white acrylic paint and pulled a print.

My first print unfortunately didn’t have much of an outline but the pastels showed through beautifully. I realized that my acrylic paint layer had been too thin, so it pulled only the pastels lying on top of the gel plate but not the marker ink. Not to be disheartened, I continued pulling ghost prints.

From one tracing, I had three beautiful portraits (instead of just the one you would get were you to try typical image transfers).

I went on to add some more layers of pastels on each of these monoprints, rendering unique looks to each of them. For someone who doesn’t do portraits, I found this technique to be an amazing aid in learning more about face shapes, contouring, layering and more! So much so, that I am now creating a journal of portraits!

I hope you enjoyed watching me create these portraits with different personalities and will try this technique out with your gel plate!

List of products used:

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Spellbinders® : Mixed Media Floral Background by Mariví González

Hello! Mariví here today, sharing my project in collaboration with Gelli Arts® and products by Jane Davenport for Spellbinders.

Today we are going to do a beautiful flower background, a nice mix media project.
You can then frame it, use for decoration or simply for the pleasure of drawing :)

Watch my video below for a step by step:

I will use the 8x10” Gelli® plate, cardstock and Palette pastels from Jane Davenport.

With a marker, I draw flowers and leaves of different shapes and sizes on the Gelli® plate.

You can use paint markers or acrylic paint to color in the flowers.

I am going to color in the flowers with the palette pastels and a stick and a sponge for the larger areas. 

Once the drawing is colored, I apply a layer of Decoart matte medium over the Gelli® plate, and spread it with the roller. Then I put the cardstock on top, and press well so that the drawing is transferred.

Now lift your print!

With a black marker, I'm going to go over the black lines to give them more definition.

 With a white paint marker, I am highlighting some areas of the flowers and leaves.

And you're done! I hope you liked my tutorial. Thank you to Spellbinders for this awesome collaboration!


Friday, March 27, 2020

GelliArts® + Spellbinders® : Handmade Book by Kirsten Varga

Hello! Kirsten Varga here. I am excited to share with you my project made with Gelli Arts® and Spellbinders® products- specifically the Jane Davenport line filled with luscious art making tools. 


One of my favorite things to make are handmade books. I like the structure and the endless possibilities they have. The handmade art journal I am sharing with you today is made from a single sheet of 18x24 paper. I starts as an accordion fold maze book but after gluing the “wrong” sides together it transforms into a perfectly bound book with thick pages ready to welcome my art and journaling. I have made a video to show you the process. 

Enjoy and happy creating!

Materials Used:
  • Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport 9x12 Gel Printing Plate
  • Gelli Arts® + Jane Davenport Seashell Gel Printing Plate
  • Brayer
  • Stencils (Both Gelli Arts® and Jane Davenport stencils)
The following supplies are by Jane Davenport from Spellbinders:
  • Mermaid Markers
  • Magic Wand Colored Pencils
  • Power Pastels
  • Inkredible Inks
  • Palette Pastels
  • Baton Blenders
  • Licensed to Quill Pen
  • Ultimate Pen (in Silver Screen, Golden Age and Black Lace)
  • Matchmaker Acrylic Paint set
  • Blend in Set
  • Storytime Paint Pens – Snow White and Evil Queen
  • Charismattic Acrylic Paint – Ancient Pages, Minty Fresh, Look at Me Lilac, I love You Pink
Happy Creating! Thank you to Spellbinders for this awesome collaboration!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cut Paper Overlays by Bob Pennycook

Hi all. It’s Bob again.
Today, we’re going to talk about using cut paper overlays to build the sections of a landscape.

PLUS- read to the end to learn how to enter in our giveaway!

We’ll use a piece of card stock as template pieces and we’ll add some spritzing and soft-edge techniques to create some increased visual interest.

Let’s get started:

First, you’ll need a registration system. An easy system to make is a taped hinge. Cut your paper a few inches larger than your gel plate, center the paper over the plate and tape one edge of the paper to your table surface. Fold the paper back over the tape and you’ve created a hinge. Use wide painter’s tape for this.

As long as neither the plate nor the paper move during printing, you’ve got an effective registration system.

The first print pull is an overall color using a cheap bristle brush. The bristles will create visual texture in the print. My choice was a soft blue to use as both sky and the water color.

Next, you’ll need to create your design template. Use card stock for this as a thinner paper is more difficult to remove from the plate. This is a 6” gel plate so I marked a six inch square on the card stock and drew the pattern lines. Write in what each section will be. This helps later once all the pieces have been cut.

Since I wanted to keep the sky and water blue, I cut out and placed the sky template and water/land template in place.

The open space becomes the mountains. Paint that color roughly using a bristle brush. Paint this section a muted, warm color which will help push the sky into the background. Remove the templates and pull the print.

Cut out the small water template. Place it into position then paint the land. Remove the template and pull the print.

Your print should look like this so far.

Wrap a shop towel around your index finger; mist it with some water then gently wipe the bottom edge the mountains downwards into the water.

Paint a thin warm band of color onto the mountains, up a little from the water. Pull the print.

Protect the upper part of your print so that just the foreground is visible. Spritz the print with water from a mister bottle then gently place a shop towel over the spritzed area. Tap the towel a little then remove. As long as your paint is still fresh when you do this, you should have some texture dots in the land.

Use a 2B pencil and create some calligraphic lines at the bottom of the thin warm band (see video). Then take a stomp, paper stump, blender (shown in pic) or whatever you call them in your area, and soften the graphite lines, smudging the graphite a little.

Next, use a kneaded eraser to remove some of the black from the smudged areas to create some variation of value.

And that’s it! You’re finished. Hope you had fun.

Materials List:

  • Gelli Arts® 6” square gel plate
  • Golden Open Acrylics: Titan Green Pale, Teal, Titanium White, Quinacridone Magenta
  • Some sort of registration system
  • Bristle brushes – one for each color is best
  • Shop towels
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil (2B)
  • Water mister bottle

Giveaway time! 

We are giving away a set of Liquitex® acrylic paint to one lucky winner!

To enter: leave a comment on this blog post and we will randomly draw a winner. Deadline is Monday, March 30, 2020 11:59PM ET. Good luck!


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