Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printing Fun With Texture Blocks

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!
Today I want to show you how easy and fun it is to create your own texture blocks.

A while ago someone showed me a small block that had some stamps and (fabric) textures on each side. She found it at a fair and used it in her mixed media projects.
Of course my mind started spinning when I saw that.
I thought it would be pretty easy to create something like that myself and if I made it a little bigger it would be a perfect tool for Gelli® Printing!

So I went to the DIY store, picked a long beam (1 ¾” x 2 ¾” thick ( 6,8x4,4cm)) and had it cut into pieces sized at 4” (10cm) each.
Then I looked around in my studio and gathered a lot of stuff that would create great designs on the Gelli® plate.

I used heavy body gel medium (Matte Gel from Liquitex) to apply small objects to the blocks.  For objects covering the whole side of a block, I used strong double-sided adhesive tape (Crafty Power Tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L).  Then I randomly added all kinds of textures to the blocks.

It didn’t take long to cover 4 blocks. Four blocks… that's 24 different textures! How cool is that?! With one block you have 6 textures in your hand! The print below was made with one texture block:

I feel so organized using these blocks. Instead of having big piles of printing material lying around my Gelli® plate, covering the whole table, I now have these blocks, which are also easy to store. And they look great too, especially once they get covered in layers of colorful paint!

Here are some examples of prints with the textures I used:

In total I have created 8 blocks now, that is 64 textures! Besides the examples I showed here you could use bubble wrap, dry wall tape, punchinella, cardboard (remove the top layer for a fun striped pattern, cut in shapes), paper clips, buttons, washers, wrinkled tin foil, fabric, elastic bands, plastic bottle caps, dried grasses (cover them with a thin layer of gel medium to make them last longer), lace…. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you can go to a dollar store or toy store and get really cheap pre-cut foam shapes and letters that are perfect to use. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some more prints made with the blocks created in this video:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you got inspired to create your own fabulous texture blocks.
Thank you for stopping by and I would love to hear what you would use. Please share your ideas with us, we would love to see pictures too! And make sure to check out our giveaway below which includes some fabulous texture blocks!

Birgit Koopsen

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  1. So simple, but so effective these blocks! Something to go do and try myself!

  2. Awesome ideas. Love them. Have been doing something similar recently.
    One thing though - "In total I have created 8 blocks now, that is 64 textures!"
    er…6 sides to a block times 8 blocks is 48 sides.

  3. Absototallutely awesome!! So in love with this idea and I am off to find the goodies to make some of my own!! Maybe this will be my lucky turn!! TFS!

  4. WOW!! amazing items...and pages.

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  7. So cool! You know, this rolling out colors and putting together textures is just plain fun. Thanks for the inspiration!


  8. What fun ideas for different textures, thank you so much : )

  9. Wow! So cool and simple to do. I gonne try this for sure! ThanX

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  11. That is so cool! Off to hunt out some wooden blocks.

  12. Fabulous blogpost! These prints are so pretty! I'll be sure to make some texture blocks myself! Thanks for sharing this great idea with us, Birgit!

    xx Michelle

  13. Wonderful, so clever and so effective. Stunning results.

  14. Great idea. Can't wait to try this.

  15. Fantastic, so m any brilliant ideas, thank you so much for sharing and inspiring :D

  16. So cool! I took all my rubber stamps off their blocks, but could not bring myself to throw the blocks away. Now they will have a new purpose. Thanks so much.

  17. Wow! This is a GENIUS idea!! Thanks for sharing it :)

  18. thanks for this inspiration, i had a gelli day planned in the week after this came out and followed your lead - worked great! in addition to wood shapes and die-cut foam, i also used foam run through embossing plates to lift paint off the gelli plate. all of it worked beautifully!

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