Friday, September 13, 2019

8x10" Fine Art Print with Gelli Arts® by Bob Pennycook

Hi there, Bob here. Let’s have a look at how I created this 8x10" image. By using a stencil, I could apply all the base colors and pull the print once to create the image. Details were added later.

Watch my video to see how I created this piece:

Step by step:

Using a piece of heavy card stock, create a circle about 3 ½” in diameter. I used a compass, but feel free to use anything you have around the house as a template. 

Then, create a second circle about ¼” out from the first circle. Add a ¼” wide horizontal line as shown.

Using a sharp scalpel, cut along the pencil lines. Your goal is to save the ¼” circle and horizontal line to use as a stencil.


This is how the stencil should look once you’ve finished cutting.


I used a homemade registration board (but for this project you don't necessarily need one).  

Here's a video about my homemade registration board:

Place the stencil on the gel plate about an inch down from the top of the plate.


If you’re using Golden Open Acrylics, mix all your colors before you start. These paints give you plenty of workable time before they start to dry out.

The picture below shows the pure color and the mixes. 

From left to right at the top is Indian Yellow Hue, Napthol Red Light, Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black. 

In the lower left there was a puddle of Titanium White. Add a little black to every color. This black isn’t an Open Acrylics color but it’s compatible with the Opens.

The mixes are from left to right:
-Yellow + a little red + white and a touch of black. 
-The next is red + blue + white + a touch of black.
-The next is lots of white + a little blue and a touch of black. 
-At the bottom is lots of white + blue + a touch of black.


With the stencil in place, paint the sun with the yellow/red mix, using a different brush for each color. Paint the sky with the violet mix. 

Paint the bottom shape starting at the top of that shape with the light blue, then the darker blue followed by the purple. 

Blend the colors as you work down the plate. Use a large bristle brush for this area to create texture in the final print. 

While the print is still wet, protect the sun with paper and spritz the rest of the print lightly with water. Immediately press a flattened shop towel onto the print, rub the towel lightly and remove. You should see random dots of lifted paint. Just more texture! 

Now, we’re going to add random horizontal lines to the bottom shape of the print to make it look a bit like water. I used this homemade stamp pictured below. 

To make the stamp: cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit a small piece of Masonite. Glue the cardboard to the Masonite and let dry. Spritz the top of the cardboard with a lot of water and peel back the top layer of cardboard exposing the corrugated middle of the cardboard. Dry and seal with a gel medium. Dry and it’s ready to use. 

We’re going to stamp directly on the print. Tape off the edges of the print and protect the sky and sun. Use only a low adhesive tape or you’ll rip the printed paper. Press the tape onto a piece of cloth to remove excess adhesive before applying to the print.

Use a small piece of dry sponge to tap the light blue paint mix onto the stamp. Press the stamp onto the print so the corrugated lines are horizontal on the print. Gently remove tape.
The photo below shows the final stamped look. 

For the orange reflection lines in the water, I used the gel plate and printed from the plate. However, if you don’t use a registration board, simple tape off the lines and apply paint directly to the print. Top line is about ¼” and the next two lines each decrease in width. To paint, use a clean, dry piece of sponge and gently tap in  the “sun” paint mix.

Draw or transfer the tree design.

Roughly outline all the shapes with squiggly lines using a white pigment pen. Roughly fill in one half of each tree shape with the 8B pencil. Then loosely brush a little of the sun color onto the top of the trees.

That’s it; you’re finished!

Thanks for reading! Please share your prints with us by tagging @GelliArts - we love seeing your creations!

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You can get the 8x10" plate that I used in this project by clicking here!


  • 8" X 10" Gelli Arts® Plate
  • Printmaking paper: Stonehenge, BFK Rives, Fabriano 
  • Golden Open Acrylics in Indian Yellow Hue, Napthol Red Light, Ultramarine Blue and any black. I used Golden’s Mars Black which isn’t and Open color but it will work fine.
  • Optional registration board
  • Painters’ tape
  • A range of brushes
  • Palette
  • Shop towels
  • Card stock
  • White pigment ink pen and 8B pencil
  • Xacto knife/scalpel
  • Cutting mat for stencil

Friday, September 6, 2019

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing with the Cacti Garden Printing Kit by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today sharing Cacti Garden cards!

Have you seen the NEW Gelli Arts® DIY Printing Kits? There are three different kits, and they include everything you need to create a fun gel printing project.

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

To give you a jumping off point, the Cacti Garden Kit includes templates for several different cacti and pots. But you don't have to stick to the provided shapes if you fancy a succulent or flower garden instead. 

You can easily adapt the plants to anything you've got your heart set on. The possibilities are endless!

There's more than enough paint in the kit for additional prints. In the video, I used textured wallpaper to create prints on extra paper that I use as a backdrop for my cacti. 

In the Netherlands, you can find wallpaper samples at a DIY store. They're usually free as long as you're a paying customer, and you don't take more samples than you would usually take when shopping for wallpaper. 

If your local DIY store doesn't have wallpaper samples, you can use anything from textured paper, embossed cardstock to stamps and stencils from your stash to achieve a similar effect. 

Please share your Cacti Garden prints with us on Facebook and Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration. We love seeing your creations!

Happy Printing!


-Gelli Arts® Cacti Garden Printing Kit

-Embossed cardstock or textured wallpaper
-Crayons, coloured pencils
-Passepartout cards (mine are store bought 4x6" and 6x6")

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Enameled Faux Crackle Boxes with GelliArts® By Giovanna Zara

Hello, Giovanna here! 

Today I show you how to create a set of gel prints with a stunning crackle effect. With these prints, I embellished some plain wood boxes with an enamel effect. It is really simple and a rewarding process-- so let’s start!

Watch my video and create along with me!

Here are some of the prints that I got:

Step by step tutorial:

1. Spread the crackle paste on a piece of corrugated cardstock and set aside to dry.
Tip: An alternative to the crackle paste could be embossing paste through crackle stencils, an embossing folder or a crackled texture plate.

2. Brush a layer of gel medium or PVA glue to avoid peeling off and set aside to dry.

3. Spread two contrasting colors of acrylic paint blobs on the Gelli Arts® 9x12” gel plate: spread the paint very very well. You must see through the paint to the plate, otherwise this technique doesn't work.

4. Press the crackle handmade texture plate on the left side, lift it, and press it on the right side several times until you are happy with the result.

5. Lay a piece of cardstock on the right side, press, smooth it and lift the cardstock.

You can try different colors combinations such as gold and black, white and red, blue and light green.

6. Paint the wooden box with acrylic paint.

7. Cut the cardstock to size and adhere to the lid with tacky glue. Wait until it is perfectly dry.

8. Next, add a glossy finish such as DecoArt TopCoat.


  • GelliArts® 12x9'' gelli plate
  • GelliArts® brayer
  • DecoArt Media crackle paste
  • DecoArt TopCoat
  • Corrugated cardstock

Share your crackle paint creations with us on social media and tag us @gelliarts, @giogiocraft and #gelliarts !!

Happy Printing!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Trash To Treasure with Gelli Arts® by Johanna Lawson

Hi there! It's Johanna here. 

Living in Florida, I am surrounded by beautiful landscapes, seascapes, and all the amazing wildlife they contain. Nature’s constant presence inspires me and my family to try to always put the environment first. This includes, among other ideas and actions, recycling.

Watch my video below to see my process:


For this project, I was inspired to create something using mostly recycled materials. Therefore, the tools and paper were all found in the “trash”. Well, actually, I saved them all from the trash. After monoprinting, I searched through my stacks and stacks of printed papers, ephemera, washi tapes, scraps (you get the idea), and found all the things needed to create a one-of-a-kind “junk” journal. The plan is to give these journals to the people I love for use as commonplace journals.

"A commonplace [journal or] book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do. Some of the greatest men and women in history have kept these books." ("How And Why To Keep A 'Commonplace Book'” by Ryan Holiday)

You have the power to make a difference in the world, one bit of trash at a time. Begin to see your garbage as an opportunity to create art AND aid mother earth by utilizing the resources at our disposal, not driving our cars to buy more pre-packaged stuff from big-box stores. Use this tutorial as a guide and then make it your own! Get creative! For a list of all products used in this project, please see the materials section at the end of the post.

journey to the junk journal….


For the best instructions, please view the video tutorial above. Below are a few extra tips:

1. Dig through your recycling bin or trash to find possible stencils and tools to use during monoprinting. Here are a few examples:

·         bubble wrap of all sizes
·         bits of cardboard
·         eyelash trim
·         punchinella
·         plastic from containers
·         citrus bags
·         toilet paper rolls
·         scraps of paper
·         egg carton

2. Using scrap paper, create a rosette and fan to use as monoprinting tools.

3. Using your gel plate and brayer, spread your favorite color paints and use the tools above as stencils, marking tools, lifting tools, etc.

4. Layer your paper again and again. that is the beauty of gel printing! if you don’t like a print, add another layer.

5. Use a file folder (of any kind) to create your journal cover. choose complementary colors (consult a color wheel) like the blue, purple, red, orange, and yellow cover seen here.

6. Continue printing using various tools and turn the file folder to get the “quilted” look. you can overlap layers or set prints side by side.

7. Use some ink sprays, shimmer spray, and splatter paint to bring the cover together and give it a cohesive look.


8. once you have a good stack of prints and a beautiful cover, rummage through your other scraps, prints, roll out paper, and bits of favorite paper you could never part with to create an inspiration pile for your junk journal. for this single signature journal, I used about 7-8 sheets of copy or magazine papers.

9. Cut, rip, tear, glue, and tape to create a one-of-a-kind commonplace journal.

10. Finish with a simple pamphlet stitch and fill with all your favorite quotes, poems, and stories. or send it off to someone you love 


Head on over to my Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook pages - @smallbatchcards - to see more of my tutorials and art. Order cards, prints, stationery, and other paper art gifts at

We would love to see what you create with recycled material! Tag your work with #GelliArts and #GelliArtsInpsiration !

  • DecoArt® Americana Premium Acrylic Paint
  • Gelli Arts® 4” Roller
  • 8”x 10” Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
  • 8.5” x 11” cardstock and copy paper
  • magazine for roll out paper
  • ScorePal
  • Scissors/Cutting Tool
  • Jane Davenport Washi Tape
  • Trash!

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