Thursday, September 17, 2020

Basics – Media That Can Be Used On The Gel Plate, pt. 3 - Wet Products – Birgit Koopsen for Gelli Arts®

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

Today I’m sharing with you another “Basics” video.

This one is all about wet products that you can use on the gel plate.

With wet products I mean products that don’t dry on the gel plate. Most of the time they will be water-reactive but there are stamping inks that don’t dry on the plate (or it takes a very long time) yet, once they dried on the paper they are permanent.

The difference with dry products is that you don’t need a second layer to pull the print,
the print will be pulled straight from the plate.
In this episode I’m focusing on (water-reactive) stamping inks, watercolours and combinations
of these two.

I’m using 200gr/90lbs copier paper for my prints but it will be fun to experiment with different
types of paper. The wet products will soak in differently in other types of paper and give
a different look.
This video is only covering a part of the wet products you can use.

Next month I will show more wet possibilities on the gel plate.

Check out the Gelli Arts® YouTube channel for more “Basics” videos.


Thank you for stopping by and happy printing!



Products used in this video:

Gelli Arts® 3x5”Gelli® Printing Plate


Stencils, stamp and art printing plate by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio

Paper: 200gr/90lbs copier paper

Stamping inks:

- Ranger Distress Oxides

- Memento Luxe

- Spectrum Noir water-reactive dye


- Art by Marlene

- Peerless

- No brand/cheap box



Michael's Stores

Blick Art Materials


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Thursday, September 10, 2020

6 Cards in 30 Minutes with Gelli Arts® by Mansi Bhatia

Hi everyone!

It’s Mansi with another process video on how to use your Gelli Arts® plate to create some amazing cards. To be precise: 6 cards in under 30 minutes!

I used rainbow colors, a 5x7" gel plate, a stencil and pre-cut, pre-scored top-folding cardstock for this project. I’ll take you through the steps in the video but also scroll down to see still images of the cards and a recap of the technique I used.


Card 1

Background created by using seven colors of distress inks. You can use any ink pads you have. I like that the distress ink pads also let me achieve a watercolor look, so I reached for those. For this simple yet very vibrant background, I dabbed the ink pads directly on the gel plate in rainbow order, placed my pre-cut, pre-scored top-folding A2 cardstock, massaged it gently and pulled a print. 

All in all it took a minute to make this unique background print. Next, I took a flower stencil and placed it on top of this background. I used a sponge to dab on some ColorShift acrylic paint (the color changes from violet to blue), added outlines with Sakura glaze and glitter pens, and stuck a sentiment “Overthinking of You” on the top.

Card 2

I used the same dabbing technique as for card 1, but after dabbing on the inks, I used my brayer to blend the colors. Don’t overdo it, though, else the whole print will be nothing but a dull shade of brown. Rolling the brayer over the colors mixes the inks together and gives a more muted print. 

I then used the same flower stencil and applied white gesso with a sponge in the openings. I then used my navy blue Derwent Inktense pencil to create a “shadow” near the flowers, added some gold to the centers and stamped a “Thinking of You” sentiment. I think this would make for a great sympathy card because of its muted tones. 

Card 3

I used the same dabbing technique, using the same seven colors and in the same rainbow order. This time I placed the flower stencil the gel plate and then placed the cardstock on top to pull a print. I left the stencil on the plate. 

I then just added two sentiments and some sparkle embellishments to finish off this card.

Card 4

All I did to create this card was lift the stencil off from the plate (remember the one we left on the gel plate when we made card 3?), place the cardstock on and pull a print. 

It resulted in a beautiful soft print and all I had to do was put a sentiment strip, some glitter Nuvo drops and this card was done.

Card 5

I dabbed the ink on just like for the other four cards and used the same technique for placing the stencil on the gel plate BUT before I put the stencil on, I sprayed the inks with water. I wanted a smudgy watercolor look for these two cards and I succeeded with this card, I think. 

So, to recap, dab the inks, spray some water, place the stencil, put the cardstock on top and pull a print. I then sketched the outlines of the stencil with a black pen, stamped a “Happy Birthday” sentiment, added a sentiment strip and stuck some sparkle embellishments.

Card 6

For this card, I used the same technique as in Card 4 by lifting the stencil up and then taking a print. Because of the water the stencil print was extremely smudgy so I had to use white gesso like I did in Card 2…but that made the card look really dull. So, as a last ditch effort, I used a red glaze pen to outline the flower petals freehand and a black glaze pen for the stems. 

I then added a bold sentiment and some big pearls for the flower centers. I had thought this card would be a disaster but between this and Card 2, I don’t know which one is my favorite. 

So that’s it. These cards came together ever so quickly and easily. And I absolutely love that each one is completely different from the others. Do you have a favorite card?

I’d love for you to try this technique with your favorite stamp pads and stencils on whichever size gel plate you choose. I just find the 5x7" gel plate to be the perfect size for A2 cards (4.25x5.5).

List of specific supplies used and where to buy:

See you next time!


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing on Faux Leather by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It's Marsha here today!


Faux Leather (also known as Leather Paper or Kraft-Tex) is a kraft paper that looks and feels like leather and is washable like fabric.


You can handle it just like fabric or paper, and you can use it for sewing projects, paper projects and all kinds of mixed media ideas.


It also means that you can Gelli Arts® gel print on it!



I bought one roll of unbranded kraft coloured washable paper at a local scrapbook store. The store called it 'Faux Leather' and it did not come with any further instructions.


An internet search told me that you could use it unwashed. However, as it can shrink a little, it's probably best to machine-wash it before you use it for sewing projects. Washing it will also make the material softer. And, as I planned to sew it, I decided to machine-wash my Faux Leather before proceeding.


The machine-washing caused the paper to crease and buckle a bit, but it wasn't as bad as I expected, and I do not think it had a considerable effect on my prints.


As the paint absorbs into the Faux Leather, it creates a matte looking finish. The kraft colour of the substrate also dulls down the vibrancy of the paint colours. Which I feel adds to the leather look; however, white Faux Leather may give much brighter results.


Sewing Faux Leather is much like sewing leather, paper or vinyl. It's less pliable than fabric, and you need to use clips instead of pins because every single poked hole will stay visible forever.

 Because of its stiffness, a Faux Leather sewing project is also harder to turn right side out. In my case, it wasn't bad. However, I've read that lightly spraying it with water can make turning easier.


Turning my pouches did cause the Faux Leather to crease more.


All in all, I think washable paper is a fun material to Gelli Arts® gel print on. It could be the answer for all those gel printing ideas that seem impossible because paper or fabric just isn't durable or sturdy enough.


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 Gelli Arts® gel printing on washable paper!






5" x 5" Gelli Arts® Kit

Mini Plate Back To School Kit



Washable paper (Faux Leather, Kraft-Tex, Leather Paper)

Acrylic paint

Found objects (honeycomb cardboard, egg carton, vegetable net, blister strip)

Paint marker


Sewing equipment


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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