Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#GelliArtsFallFever with Gelli Arts® & Plaid®

We are so excited to partner with Plaid® this month. Our design teams joined forces to come up with several festive fall ideas using Gelli Arts® gel printing plates & Plaid® paints.


Our first printing project is from Catherine Tonning-Popowich - who created a layered print with falling leaves. This print captures a classic fall image of wind blown leaves! It's really amazing - right?




Watch as Catherine pulls the print in the image below - it's like the leaves are moving on the paper!

 

Find Catherine's step-by-step instructions here!

Helen O'Hara takes us on an Autumn coffee break with these coasters and mug rugs!!

















I would like some!  Here are the fall hues from Plaid® that Helen used:




Complete details on Helen's projects can be found here.  


Our next project is from Tania Ahmed.  She created this adorable fall banner!  Are you having a get together soon? Check out how she made this one and start thinking of your own!  Hmmm - could be welcoming for family and friends on Thanksgiving!



Check out how Tania made her unique banner here and watch her step by step video that shares all the details! We love it Tania!

Next up, Linda Brun gets us in the mood for Fall with this fabric mobile & matching gift/storage bag!  Linda's step-by-step instructions are here -- and includes a video too!



Last but not least, Lucy Brydon uses an assortment of leaves to create seasonal prints.


Click here to follow Lucy's creative process.

Hope you have time to get outside, gather up some leaves and find inspiration in Mother Nature's wonders!

Here are the materials our teams were given to come up with these colorful and inspiring projects:


Please make sure to visit the Plaid® Design Team projects on their blog.

Special thanks goes to Plaid® for partnering with us.  We welcome all the amazing Plaid® fans and hope you will visit us on Facebook and Instagram. You can find lots of printing ideas to incorporate your Plaid® paints on our Youtube channel!

We also invite you to join our September theme on social media! Share your prints using #GelliFallFever and be entered to win a $100 Gelli Arts® Gift Card! Drawing 9/30/18. One entry/person. ONE winner will be randomly selected and notified via social media.


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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall Inspired Wreath with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Papers by Kirsten Varga

Hello fellow Gelli Arts® enthusiasts! Kirsten Varga here!

I am super excited to share in the creativity and inspiration of my fellow Gelli Arts® Artists. I was inspired by the Gelli Arts® September theme, #GelliFallFever to create a wreath and I hope it gives you an idea of what to create with all your wonderfully layered and patterned gel prints.

Make sure to check out the giveaway at the end of my blog!



First, you need to create a variety of luscious printed papers. I set up a table and had a marathon monoprinting session using a Gelli Arts® 9"x12" plate and Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints.





For texture, I used a variety of fibers, handmade foam stamps, found objects and Artistcellar stencils.


I kept it loose and just had fun as I went from color to color and texture to texture to create layers and layers. In the end I had a stack of lovely printed papers from which I chose a few to use for my wreath.






Next, I gathered my willow wreath base and my glue gun. I also cut leaf shapes from my chosen papers. I ended up cutting up two full sheets into my leaf shapes. So. Many. Leaves!!



Lastly, it is time to assemble! To start, I glued five small groups of leaves evenly spaced around the wreath. This gives me a balanced start.



The last step is to just keep going around and around placing the leaves until you reach the level of fullness you are looking for.


I found it handy to have a skewer near by to help set the leaves into the nooks and crannies of the wreath and not burn my fingers.



Your wreath is now ready to be displayed!

Happy Creating!
Kirsten

Materials:
-Gelli Arts® 9"x12" Gel Printing Plate
-Gelli Arts® 4" Roller
-Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints
-Paper to print on (I used a Kraft colored paper)
-Found materials to use for texture when printing (some suggestions are: stencils, fancy yarn, cardboard tubes, produce netting, homemade foam stamps)
-Glue Gun
-Skewer
-Willow Wreath

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Philadelphia, PA All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

How To Create Posters With Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates


Hi there! It's Marsha here today, showing you how you can create your own eye-catching posters that include text to help get your message across!


Think about all the fun possibilities: print a poster with motivational text to hang in your home, office, or classroom. Create party signs, make the advertisements for an upcoming event, or just commemorate words that mean something special to you personally!


Step 1
Use your favorite gel printing tools to pull a couple of light-colored background prints.

Place the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate of your choice on a smooth flat surface. I’m using the 9”x12” plate which is perfect for bleed prints on A4 and Letter size papers.

Roll a drop (or two) of acrylic paint on the plate with a brayer.


Here I’m using foam stamps as my texture tool. Press the stamp into the paint. Stamp the excess paint off onto a scrap sheet of paper.


Place your paper on top of the plate and rub with your hands to transfer the paint to the paper. Lift the paper.


Clean foam stamps immediately after use. Wipe the stamps with a damp cloth or rinse them under running water. Don't let paint dry on your stamps.


Step 2
Think about what you want your posters to say. Decide on the words: a quote, a slogan or maybe a song title. Write it out on paper.


Think about the composition too. Do you want just the words to fill the poster or do you also want to incorporate a graphic element?

Step 3
Cut out the letters.


Handwritten and hand-cut letters will make your poster uniquely you, but I’ve also found that letters cut from paper often stick to the gel printing plate so you may need to re-adhere them to your paper after each pull.

There are alternative options though! You can cut your letters from low tack stencil film instead of paper, you can write out your text with masking fluid, or you can use alphabet stickers.

Step 4
Position the letters of your choice on one of the light-colored background prints. Use repositionable adhesive to adhere hand-cut letters to the paper.


When using stickers, make sure to remove some of the stickiness before you adhere the letters to the paper. Merely placing the sticky side on a lint-free cloth before sticking them down will do the trick.


Step 5
Start printing layers!

Try to limit your color palette to a maximum of four colors including black and/or white. Use all of your favorite gel printing tools such as hand-cut masks, stencils, stamps, and mark makers.


Add as many printed layers as you like. The aim is to make all of the letters stand out, so cover at least the area around the letters and be sure to use colors that contrast with your light-colored background.

Step 6
End with a layer in the darkest paint color to make the words on the poster pop.


Step 7
Wait until the paint on your poster is dry and then lift the letter masks from the paper.


Remove any adhesive residue by rubbing with your fingers or use an adhesive eraser.


Optional
Use your favorite pencils, pens, and markers to enhance your prints. Add drop shadows or outlines if you feel the letters need a bit more help standing out.


Once you are happy with the results the only thing left is to find a place on your wall to hang the posters so everyone can see your message!

Enjoy your day!
Marsha


Materials
Gelli Arts®:
9”x12" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® 4” roller
Gelli Arts® Square Edge Tools

Other:
Paper to print on (Drawing Paper 160 g/m2 A4 size: 5,8” x 8,3”)
Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam)
Foam stamps (ArtFoamies designed by Nathalie Kalbach: Batik Pattern 3, Broadway, Downtown, Manhattan, Santa Fe, Toledo)
Paper to cut masks and stencils (Max. A3 size: 11.69” x 16.53”)
Pencil, pen or marker
(Fine tip) scissors
Craft knife
Reposition-able adhesive
Adhesive eraser
Alphabet stickers (Pickup Helvetica 30 and 40 mm)
Lint-free cloth

Optional:
Ruler
Stabilo All watercolor pencil
Water brush

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All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Color in Color - Stencil Fun with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen


Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here today sharing a fun technique using stencils on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.
It’s quite a simple technique to create color in color prints with stencils.


This technique works best when using stencils with larger open spaces.

Start with applying a layer of acrylic paint to the gel plate, then place the desired stencil on top.




Place a sheet of printer paper on top and rub firmly to remove as much of the paint from the open spaces as possible. If needed, use a baby wipe to remove any remaining paint.



Now take some contrasting colors and apply them to the open areas using a make-up sponge.


If you want to add extra texture you can use a stamp or a flexible texture plate. Apply acrylic paint to the stamp using a brayer, then stamp on top of the contrasting color.



Now carefully remove the stencil.
If you are using open paints with a longer drying time you can pull the print right now. If parts of your paint are already dry it is better to do the following extra step and let all the paint dry.



When the paint on your gel plate is dry, apply a thin layer of (transparent) white acrylic paint (or another color if you like) and pull the print while the paint is still wet.






Thank you for stopping by and please tag us on social media with #gelliarts when sharing your own results. We would love to see them!





Happy Printing!
Birgit

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All rights reserved.

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