Thursday, August 27, 2020

Faux Metal Earrings with Gelli Arts® by Joanna Grant

Hello everyone! Joanna Grant here today with a Gelli Arts® tutorial. In this video, I show you how to use Grafix® Shrink Film and the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate to make faux metal earrings.

I hope you enjoyed this video! Please be sure to tag us with #GelliArts so we can see your awesome art!


Gelli Arts® x Jane Davenport Gel Printing Plate

Grafix® Shrink Film

Jane Davenport Metallic Paints




Small Pliers

Hole Punch

Jewelry Findings & Glue


Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Basics: Media That Can Be Used On The Gelli Arts® Plate - Part 2

Hi everyone and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here today with another “Basics” video.

Today, it’s part 2 of the variety of permanent products that you can use on the gel plate.

Although most people start out with acrylic paint there are numerous media that can be used on the gel plate.

In this video I show you how to use acrylic paint markers, alcohol- and solvent based markers, alcohol inks and blenders.

The steps show how to apply these products but just as important, how to pull the prints.

Different than with wet products, like acrylic paint, you need a second medium to let the plate release the dried product.

Got curious? Then check out the video and play!

This video is only covering a small part of the products you can use. Last month, in part 1 of permanent products I showed how to use pastels, eye shadow, solvent-, die- and pigment inks and combinations. So if you missed it, check it out. And also make sure to come back next month for part 3!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy printing!


Products used in this video:

Gelli Arts® 3x5” Gelli® Printing Plate


Paint markers: Posca, Liquitex, Jane Davenport

Alcohol/solvent based markers: Copic, Spectrum Noir, Staedler

Alcohol inks: Tim Holtz Adirondack, Copic, Spectrum Noir

Blender pens: Copic, Spectrum Noir

Cleaning Alcohol

DecoArt Premium Acrylic Paint

Stencils by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio

Paper: 200gr/90lbs copier paper


Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing with Masking Fluid by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today!

It's no secret that Gelli Arts® gel printing is my favourite pastime. However, another favourite thing is mixed media art journaling. For today's post, I've combined the two.

I'm sharing how I create two multi-layered mixed media prints, pretty much simultaneously. I jump from one to the other and back again.

A super fun supply I use in the process is masking fluid.

Masking fluid is a watercolourist's staple, used to prevent watercolour from contaminating the parts of the paper that the artist wants to keep white.

I, however, like to use masking as a layering tool in gel printing. And, instead of applying it to keep the paper white, I use it to allow a peek at some of the background layers of my gel prints.

Watch the video to see what I mean:

There are a few essential things to keep in mind when working with masking fluid.

The paper (or the paint on your print) needs to be dry before you apply or remove masking fluid. 

And, it would be best if you also allowed the masking fluid to dry before you start gel printing over it. 

While you can speed up the drying time of the paint on your print with a heat gun, you can't use heat on masking fluid. 

The substance needs to air dry, which can take some time depending on the thickness of the layer you've applied.

As said, it's just as important to wait until the paint on your print is completely dry before you start rubbing the masking fluid away. 

Even if the paint feels only slightly damp, chances are you're going to damage the print by rubbing it. So patience is key here! 

Don't forget to share your gel prints with us on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsmade. We love to see your work!

Have lots of fun experimenting with masking fluid and freestyle layering!




Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate 8" x10"

4" roller

Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools


Acrylic paint (Medium body and fluid)

Paper (I prefer drawing paper)

Masking fluid

Silicone shaper

Cosmetic sponge

Textured (fibreglass) wallpaper

Glue eraser

Acrylic markers

Magazine clippings

Glue stick

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