Thursday, April 30, 2020

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Opaque + Transparent Layers by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today sharing a series of small monoprints printed with opaque as well as transparent paint colours.

Have you ever wondered what the little square icons on your paint tubes mean?

These squares tell you all about the opacity level of the paint colour.

There are four types:

Not every brand uses the squares, however most professional and student-grade paints have some kind of indicator that tells you the type of opacity level you're dealing with.

The opacity of a paint can have a huge impact on the outcome of a layered print! So it’s worth noting if it’s a transparent or an opaque colour before you roll it out on your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

In general you can say that opaque colours cover whatever’s underneath while transparent colours will only create sheer layers on top of it. 

Opaque colours give good results on both white and coloured paper. 

Be mindful that some opaque colours may not provide complete coverage in just one layer, especially not when printing light over dark. 

Think of it like painting a red wall white. You will probably end up with a pinkish colour first!

As transparent colours are see-though, they give the brightest results on white or light paper.

When gel printing transparent layers you always have to take the colour you want to print on top of into account, because it will always shine through. 

So, when your first layer is red and you want to print transparent yellow over it, the overlapping parts will turn out orange. 

You can use this characteristic to your advantage: if a part of your print is too yellow, you can change the colour easily with just a sheer layer of transparent paint. Much like a glaze!

A colour wheel can be a handy tool to figure out what to expect when transparent colours mix or overlap.

Please share your gel prints on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsmade. We love to see your work!

Have lots of fun experimenting with transparent and opaque colours! 


Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate 5”x7”
4” roller

Grafix Matte Dura-Lar 
Acrylic paint
Heavy body acrylics
Paper (black, white, grey cut to 4.75”x4.75”)
Bookpaper (cut to 4.5”x4.5”)
Repositionable adhesive dot roller


Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Durable Dura-Lar Bookmarks with Gelli Arts® and Grafix® by Helen O'Hara

Hello! It’s Helen here with a tutorial for really durable bookmarks with Gelli Arts® and Grafix®. 

You may recall that I showed how to make bookmarks a while back using thin card and freezer paper masks. You can see that post here Today, I have a new and improved technique for you using Dura-lar by Grafix.

One of the problems with paper bookmarks is that they get torn and crumpled after a while. Not so with Dura-lar, which is similar to acetate that you can paint on. I’m using the clear and translucent Dura-lar, which means I can easily mask off my motif without using fiddly freezer paper. Watch the video or read on to find out how.

As well as the matt and wet media Dura-lar, I’m using acrylic paints, a 9x12" Gelli Arts® plate, combs and textures, rubber stamps, ink pad and acrylic paint pens.

First cut the Dura-lar into bookmark sized strips. Use the ink pad and stamps to print some motifs on one side – a Gelli Arts® plate makes a perfect soft surface to work on. You can also try printing on motifs with lino blocks and acrylic paint.

Once the motifs are totally dry turn, the bookmarks so the motif is FACE DOWN and colour the motif from the back with paint pens. It doesn’t matter if you go over the lines or make a mistake, it will easily rub off whilst the paint is still wet. If you don’t have paint pens you can colour the motifs with acrylic paint and a brush. Let the bookmarks dry fully.

Now it’s time to add a mono-printed background. Keep working on the BACK of the bookmark. Roll some paint onto the Gelli® plate and make marks and patterns. Lay the bookmark with the MOTIF FACE UP (the colouring you just did touching the Gelli® plate) and pull the print. You can do this a couple of times to build up layers.

Finish up by covering the whole back of the bookmark with a solid layer of colour.

These make a great gifts for the avid reader.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Grafix® for this fun collaboration!

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Grafix® : Altered Tags by Sara Ferret

Sara here and ready to share a fun tag project using Gelli Arts® + Grafix® products!

Here's what I came up with:

Watch my video to see how these tags came to life!


Grafix Arts: White Shrink Film
Grafix Arts: .004 wet media film DURA-LAR
Grafix Arts: .005 two-sided matte film DURA-LAR
Grafix Arts: Craft Plastic Film Crystal Clear .010”
Grafix Arts: Craft Plastic Film Opaque White .010

Gelli Arts® 8x10" Printing Plate
Bigshot machine
Tim Holtz Alterations, Tag & Bookplates Bigz die
Various acrylics paints: Fluor ones, Black and white
Embossing powders
Artfoamies foam stamps
Allandcreate clear stamps
Black permanent ink
Heat tool
Posca pens
Sari ribbon
Stickers with quotes

I hope you like all these ideas! Thanks Grafix® for this awesome collaboration.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Gelli Arts® + Grafix® : Fun Accessories by Mansi Makes

Hi everyone!

It’s Mansi again with a new tutorial on how to use Grafix opaque white craft plastic with the Gelli Arts gel plate to create some beautiful, functional accessories. 

We all need something fun to brighten up our days as we shelter in place and I promise you these gorgeous hair and fashion accessories will do just that! 

So, have a look at this process video and follow along the simple, repetitive steps to create your own, unique, durable fashion accessories while at the same time creating some really cool stencils for reuse. 

I used the Opaque White Craft Plastic .010” film which can be used with a wide range of mediums and techniques, including acrylics and alcohol inks, both of which I used in my process video. Because this craft plastic cuts easily, it can also be used with a die cut machine to make your own stencils. 

Once happy with my monoprint design, I cut the 12x12 craft plastic into four squares that I then used with the Spellbinders flower die. This resulted in a cool stencil that I’ll be using in future Gelli Arts® projects. 

I stacked the patterned flower petals with super glue and then stuck them to a hair clip base to make some really cute barrettes. I also  used another stack to create a fire brooch that could be used on hats, caps, scarves, coats and bags. 

An easy project with a durable substrate that will give years of joy to you or the lucky people you gift these beauties to!

Have fun creating!



Gelli Arts®️ round gel plate
Grafix® 12x12 opaque white craft plastic
Alcohol inks
Acrylic inks
Sizzix big shot die cut machine
Spellbinders Shapeabilities flower dies

Friday, April 24, 2020

GelliArts® + Grafix Dura-Lar® : Flip Book by Alexa of Blue Woods Design

Hey hey Creative Souls! Alexa (aka BlueWoodsDesign) here with a super fun flip book project created with my Gelli Arts®️ gel plate & Grafix Dura-Lar Wet Medium Film & Opaque White Craft Plastic!

Check out the process here:

And just check out how fun these turned out! The clear Dura-Lar film created these fun layers that build upon each other, while my Gelli® plate & the Craft Plastic created the perfect backdrop!

-Gelli Arts®️ 3x5" Gel Printing Plate
-Grafix Dura-Lar Wet Medium Film
-Grafix Opaque White Craft Plastic
-Sakura Micron Pen, Paint Pens
-ring clips

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