Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Llama Place Cards & Invitations With The Gelli Arts®️ DIY Kit By Mansi Bhatia

Hi everyone, I had so much fun making these llama-themed place cards and invitation card for my daughter’s tea party. 

The place cards doubled up as thank you notes and they couldn’t be easier to make with this handy DIY Gel Animals Kit by Gelli Arts®️. Have a look at the step-by-step instructions in this video and I hope you enjoy trying this out. 

Included in this DIY Gel Animals Kit:

  • 5x5" Gelli Arts® printing plate
  • 4" roller
  • 6 acrylic paint colors
  • popsicle sticks for dispensing paint or using to make textures
  • punchinella
  • bubble wrap
  • parchment paper
  • 3 blank cards
  • animal cut outs
  • complete instructions

PLUS- get 20% off any DIY Kit on www.gelliarts.com
with the code: DIY20

See you next time! Happy Printing!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sakura® + Gelli Arts® Collaboration: Gift Tags by Kirsten Varga

Kirsten here with a project that is perfect for the upcoming gift-giving season! A handmade gift tag is an easy way to make each gift you give extra special.

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Check out the video to see how I made them:

  • Gelli Arts® Mini Gel Printing Plates
  • Sakura® Pen-touch paint pens
  • Sakura® Souffle Pens
  • Tags (I used shipping tags in various sizes in both Manila and Kraft)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylic Paint)
  • Brayer
Hope this inspired you to create some fun tags for the upcoming holiday season!

Thanks Sakura of America for this awesome partnership!

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sakura® + Gelli Arts® Collaboration: Hand-Lettered Quotes by Martice Smith

Hello everyone! Martice here! Today I’d like to show you how I use scrap pieces of gel prints to create hand-lettered encouragement quotes using Gelli Arts® and Sakura® of America products.

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You can display your quotes on a wall near your work desk or add them to your favorite planner with washi tape. This is a super fun and unique way to bring color, texture, and personality into your space.

I selected a few prints from my paper stash that had bright colors and ones that had darker tones and grungy texture.

Here’s a tip that’ll help you with creating the grungy texture on the Gelli® Arts gel printing plate: don’t clean the plate after pulling your prints.

That’s right - allow the little specks of leftover paint to dry on the plate.
Have you ever noticed that some of the paint doesn’t lift off the plate when you pull a print? I like to think of this as a textural element - a little sprinkle of surprise! I simply apply more paint to the plate when I’m ready to pull another print.

Lay your paper down onto the plate, rub while gently pressing with the palm of your hand and allow it to sit on the gel plate for 1 - 2 minutes. 

Slowly pull the paper from the gel plate to reveal your textured print. Over time, the paint will cake up along the edges of the gel plate, like this... 

Start free-hand doodling. (Use a pencil to lightly sketch in the words.)  I used this time to experiment and try out each pen. 

This is a simple, stress-relieving way to warm up and encourage yourself before diving into your next project or painting. 

I create a lot of abstract paintings mixed with graffiti work so I’m always in need of an opaque pen to write on top of dried acrylic paint. 

My style of doodling and mark-making calls for pens and markers to work extra hard to create the look I want. This is my first time using the opaque markers. These pens are xylene-free - so there’s no strong odor that’ll make you dizzy or have you scrambling outside for fresh air. 

I was surprised to learn that I didn’t need to go over anything a second time - one application was enough! Here are other benefits I like about these pens: 
● The ink flow was smooth and consistent. 
● The pens never "hiccuped" or skipped while I was writing. 
● ALL colors remained vibrant. 
● The Souffle pens "brightened" up as they dried and seemed to glow on the darker gel printed papers. 

The Souffle pens impressed me with their texture! It’s subtle but I could feel the difference in this pen vs. the Graphic pen, which has a smooth, non-textured ink flow. 

Take a closer look at the ink saturation. (I used a grey Souffle pen to color in the ENTIRE background! And guess what? There was about 45% of ink left in the pen. That’s enough to make at least two more of this same illustration!) 

If you like metallics, you’ll have to try the Pen-Touch metallic copper pen by Sakura. (It’s a pump-action pen so you’ll need to press down on the tip to get the ink to flow into the nib.) Usually, the ink in metallic paint pens likes to spread, stain or bleed through the paper. I’m so glad that this pen isn’t like that! Every mark I made with these pens was crisp and clean. 

Gelli Arts® - Gel Printing Plate 
● Scraps of gel printed and stenciled papers 
● Acrylic paints 
Sakura products: 
● White Gelly Roll pen 
● Pen-Touch Permanent Paint Markers (1.0 mm fine point) 
● Pigma Graphic Bullet + Chisel Pens (1.0 mm, 2.0 mm) 
● Souffle Pens (opaque matte 3D) 

Be sure to play and experiment with different pens on your gel prints to find out which ones are your favorite! 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Sakura® + Gelli Arts® Collaboration: Sunset Monoprint by Bob Pennycook

Hi all, Bob again. Today I am happy to share a Sunset Monoprint using Gelli Arts® and Sakura® of America products.

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This project is a multi layer, multi media design created in a straight-forward graphic style.

I used two different gel plates from Gelli Arts® - the 8x10" and the 4” round. And once the print pulls were dry, I embellished with Sakura® Micron Pigma Graphic 1 and Graphic 2 in black and Sakura® Souffle in purple.  Feel free to work along with with this budget: 

To make sure the print is centered in the middle of the paper, place the 8x10" plate on a flat clean table then add painter’s tape to the table at the top and left side of the gel plate. Add strips of painter’s tape until the tape on each edge is about two inches wide.

I used Stonehenge printmaking paper for this. I cut a large sheet of paper into four, 10x15” pieces and set three of the pieces aside to use with future projects.

Next, center the paper over the gel plate so you have almost equal amounts of paper extending beyond each edge of the plate.

At the top and left side mark a pencil line to create a positioning guide to keep the paper centered when pulling the print.

Create a rough stencil on card stock, then cut out the interior of the stencil. Be sure to remove all pencil lines as they could transfer to the gel plate and the print.

Position the stencil upside down, and somewhat randomly on the 8x10" plate, use a bristle brush to thinly apply a mix of Titan Green Pale and Light Ultramarine Blue to the stencil cutout. Gently remove the stencil and pull the print making sure the top and left edges of the paper are lined up with the pencil lines on the tape.

Since I’d be applying the gel plate to the print paper this time, I placed the round gel plate on the lid of a hard plastic container and brushed on a thin layer of Titan Green Pale plus Nickel Azo Yellow.

The gel plate is easier to handle when its firm. However, this is optional. You could just apply paint to the gel plate, carefully grab the side edges of the gel plate and apply the plate to the surface.

When the paint is dry, lightly sketch in the tree using a graphite pencil. Then switch to the Micron Pigma Graphic 1 to define the tree. Make the left side of the tree darker by adding rough lines using the Micron Pigma Graphic 2 pen.

Add a little color to your tree by adding rough lines of Souffle to the branches, trunk and ground.

Add some dots of Souffle to the bottom edge of the blue stenciled area. When using the Souffle ink, work slowly. The ink will release better and will dry a little puffy.

Mix some Nickel Azo Yellow plus Titanium White plus a little Titan Green Pale and brush onto the right side of the sun to create a highlight.

All that’s left is for you to sign your print!


  • Gelli Arts® gel plates, 8x10” and 4” round
  • Golden Open acrylics in Titan Green Pale, Nickel Azo Yellow, Titanium White and Light Ultramarine Blue
  • Sakura Micron Pigma Graphic 1 and Graphic 2 in black and Sakura Souffle in purple.
  • Small and large rough bristle brushes (these help create texture in your prints)
  • Printmaking paper (Stonehenge from Legion Paper used for this project)
  • Card stock
  • Xacto knife or scissors
  • Graphite pencil
  • Painter’s tape 
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Handmade Coasters With Gelli Arts®️ By Mansi Bhatia

Hi everyone! I am so humbled and honored to be part of the Gelli Arts®️ artist team and looking forward to the enriching collaborative experience with some very talented individuals. 

I have always wanted to create custom coasters with my gel prints, but didn’t want to go through the elaborate process of making them functional by using resin...until it hit me one day that I could use our laminating machine (designated a must-have tool in our household!) for this purpose! 

I think it’s a wonderful idea to give custom coasters as hostess gifts or to guests that come to your Thanksgiving dinner. I chose a very simple process, so it can be replicated fast and in bulk while keeping each coaster fairly unique. All in all, it took me an hour to make 10 coasters and another 5 minutes to make the accompanying tags. You can also custom print each person’s name on the coasters to make them extra special!

Have a look at the step-by-step instructions in this video and I hope you enjoy trying this technique out. 

  • 5x5" Gelli Arts® printing plate
  • 4" roller
  • 65# Cardstock
  • Golden fluid acrylic paints
  • Folkart color shifting paint
  • Gelli Arts® 5x7 bead stencil 
  • Sakura Pen-Touch pens
  • Punchinella for stamping
  • Craft Smart dyes
  • Laminating machine
  • Laminator pouches
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Self-sticking foam sheets
  • Rubber feet
  • Tag puncher

These are perfect for gifts and hope this post inspires you to give it a try!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sakura® Of America + Gelli Arts®️ Collaboration: Art Journal Pages by Alexa Doebler

Hey everyone, Alexa here for our Gelli Arts®️ & Sakura® Collaboration. I had tons of fun taking my Gelli Arts®️ prints & creating art journal pages with the addition of Sakura® pens & paint pens! Check them out below!

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For creating my art journal pages, I used a square mask on my Gelli Arts®️ plate & pulled prints. I created 1 page using the full print & another using the mask itself added to my journal.

Watch and create along with me!


  • 8x10" Gelli Arts® Plate
  • Sakura Pigma Micron® Pens
  • Sakura Souffle® Pens
  • Sakura Pentouch® Pens
  • Sakura Gelly Roll® Pens

Using the mask in my journal I used the following materials:

Sakura® pens & paint pens were the perfect addition to my Gelli Arts®️ prints to help create interest, definition, mark making & focal images.

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