Thursday, October 29, 2020

Layered Botanical Prints with GelliArts® Artist Mansi Bhatia

Hello everyone! It’s Mansi again on the blog today and I’m excited to share with you techniques of creating layered botanical prints in your journals using a variety of different inks and gesso.

As you watch the detailed instructions in the video, please note that you can create different kinds of layers depending on whether you use darker colors before lighter ones and vice versa. If your prints feel like they’re not very high-contrast, you can always apply a coat of gesso or white acrylic paint on the gel plate, place a leaf on and pull a print — this will tone down or “mute” everything in the backdrop except for the part you masked off with the leaf.

It’s a great trick to have a very complex image as the central focal point of your journal page without any “busy-ness” surround it.

While the original prints were nice enough, because I printed them in my journal, I wanted to do something more with them. I’m sharing some before and after photos here so you can see the original layered print and the final images after I had worked on them with my colored pencils and markers.

I hope you enjoy this video and the photos showcasing the complex layers one can achieve with inks and leaves from one’s backyard. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments!



Complete list of supplies used can be found here.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Spooky Books with GelliArts® Artist Kirsten Varga

Welcome to The Gelli Arts® blog!

The spooky season is here and I wanted to make a little something to celebrate that spooky vibe. You know I love making books (and if you’re new here, well, I love making books!) and this was a perfect time to make some mini books that could be both decorative and useful. 

Journals printed with Halloween art

Journals printed with Halloween art

It’s been awhile since I broke out the bookboard to make 
a hard cover book so this was a fun project for me. When it’s a mini it makes things a bit easier (for me anyways). I ended up making SEVEN books!

Check out the video below for a peek into my process. Please note that this is not a comprehensive tutorial. I am still a beginner when it comes to making video tutorials so I have some links to fabulous video tutorials in the video description. 

If you want the nitty gritty details be sure to check them out!


Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate

Art Supplies

Liquitex Acrylic Paint

  • Gelli Arts® 8x10 Gel Printing Plate
  • Gelli Arts® Mini Texture Tools 
  • Brayer
  • Various found objects for making texture: cardboard tube, bubble wrap, sequin
  • Waste, cheesecloth-type fabric
  • Paper: paper bags, Japanese calligraphy paper, watercolor paper, kraft cardstock
  • Liquitex® Basics Acrylic Paint
  • Bookbinding Supplies: Bookboard
  • Rice Paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife/Cutting Mat
  • Binder Clip
  • Strong thread
  • Beeswax
  • Curved needle
  • Awl
  • PVA glue
  • Glue brush
  • Rulers
  • Book Press
  • Bookbinding Headband

Friday, October 16, 2020

Help Our New Gelli Arts® Artist Robyn McClendon Reach 10K YouTube Followers!

We are super excited to welcome Robyn McClendon to our Gelli Arts® Artist Team!

Here is a little about Robyn:

Robyn McClendon is a mixed media artist and a Gypsetter, “I love to travel as it provides me with an incredible amount of inspiration for my work!”.  

She specifically studied paper making, printmaking and bookbinding in the tradition of apprenticing, as these disciplines were dying art forms in the 80s and only being revived by artists.  She subsequently taught in universities and museum systems as an adjunct professor, often times setting up the programs in the art departments of these schools nationally, as the discipline of "Book as Art" was becoming recognized as a significant art form.  She also developed and taught in the Book Binding department at the Smithsonian Institution.  She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.

“I discovered the Gelli® plate 9 years ago, and found it to be the perfect studio tool to bring my passions together without the expensive set up of a traditional printmaking studio. Plus it travels easy!  My goal was to develop high quality techniques to encourage it's use by artists of all disciplines”.  

Here is the exciting thing about Robyn...she is about to reach 10K followers on YouTube! What an accomplishment and we are going to support her all the way!

Check her out her blog post HERE along with her awesome GIVEAWAY!  Click Subscribe so you can be part of her 10k peeps and see her amazing talent!

We are so excited to have on our team!!  More to come!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Alcohol Inks with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog today!

I hope you are all safe and healthy!

Today I have a fun video in which I am using alcohol inks.

I’m doing #inktober on IG this month.  Check it out!  

I have decided to use some kind of ink on my Gelli Arts® gel printing plate each day this month. 

So far -- I've had the most fun with alcohol inks.  I have used them before -- but now I am totally in love with them! 

And you know what the best part is of using your gel plate with alcohol inks? You don’t need Yupo paper! Any paper will work.  You can even print straight into your art journal if you want.

In this video, I’m showing you 4 ways of using alcohol inks on the gel plate. Have fun!

Note: You’ll see me add the acrylic paint (used to pull the prints) straight to the plate. A dry brayer though, might roll off the alcohol ink so you need to be very careful. It’s actually easier if you roll out the paint next to the gel plate and add it to the plate once your brayer is covered with paint.

Thank you so much for watching.

Happy printing and stay safe!



Gelli Arts® gel printing plate 5”x7”

Speedball - soft rubber brayer

White tags

Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink -  Alcohol inks

Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink -  Alcohol Lift-Ink

White acrylic paint

Winsor & Newton Galeria – White acrylic paint

All stamps, stencils and art printing plates by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio


Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Leaf Printing Table Decor with Gelli Arts® by Alexa Doebler

Happy Fall Ya'll! 

Alexa of Blue Woods Design here with a fun fall table decor project to bring your Gelli Arts ®️ gel printing into some new spaces! Gel printing isn't just for art journals & card just gotta get creative!

Today I'll show you how I used my gel plates to create this:

Watch the process here:


-Gelli Arts®️ Printing Plate (sizes 5x7, 8x10, 4x4)


-Liquitex Basics in Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue & Quinacridone Magenta

-DecoArt Premium in Paynes Grey

-postal paper roll

-paper placemats 


-paint pen or marker 



Hope you get some inspiration for utilizing your Gelli Arts® plate & leaves for creating some fun decor for the season! 


Alexa's Instagram

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Monotyping With The Gelli Arts® Printing Plate by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today!

The terms monotype and monoprint are often used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two.

When it comes to gel printing, I always like to think of it like this: 

Monotypes are a type of monoprints made by painting or drawing directly onto the printing plate in an additive manner with for instance brushes or shapers. Or by inking the entire surface of the printing plate and then, using brushes or rags, removing paint to create a subtractive image. 

It's hard to repeat the same strokes or gestures, so each monotype is unique.

Monoprinting, on the other hand, is the kind of printing that uses permanent features that you can repeat over and over again on additional prints. 

Think about it; if you use the same stencil, mask or stamp over and over again, you could print a whole series of similar-looking gel prints with slight variations. 

Today I'm going to share how you can create painterly monotypes with the gel printing plate. 

There's one caveat though. I am going to use a permanent feature: a reference image of a 16th-century painting, just to show you how easy and fun it can be to use one of your favourite images, drawings or photos as a guide.

Remember that whatever you paint on the gel printing plate will be printed in reverse, so make sure you paint the mirrored image onto your gel printing plate.

Slow-drying paint is key for creating painterly monotypes. I like using Golden OPEN Acrylics, however you can also use slow-drying printmaking inks or you can increase the open time of your regular paints by adding Golden Open Medium, Open Gel, or Glazing Medium to them.

Make sure the paint on your print is completely dry before you start enhancing it with pencils or markers.

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

Have lots of fun Gelli Arts® gel printing!




5" x 7" Gelli Arts® Printing Plate




Slow-drying acrylic paint (Golden OPEN Acrylics Carbon Black, Cobalt Blue, C.P. Cadmium Red Medium, Hansa Yellow Opaque, Titanium White)



Black pen

Coloured pencil

Paint marker

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