Monday, October 23, 2017

Printing Single Prints with Multiple Layers with a Gelli Arts® Printing Plate!

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here and today I’m showing you how you can create multiple layers in one single print!

To do this, you need a Gelli Arts® gel printing plate (any size works), some fluid acrylic paints, a mixing white acrylic paint (optional), a brayer, some (foam) stamps, stencils and texture plates.

Start with spreading a few colors of paint on the plate. You can cover the whole plate, like I do in the video, but you can also leave parts uncovered and come back there later. This will be the background color in your final print.

Take a texture plate or a stamp and use it to lift up paint from one area and transfer it to another area. If you start in the darker colors you can transfer them to the lighter areas.

If you don’t want the paint of your next layer to mix with the first layer, or if you are afraid you might smear them, then it is a good idea to let the different layers dry in between.

Now take a texture plate or a stamp and add paint to it using your brayer. Stamp the new color on top of your first layer.

Continue doing this for several layers, in a variety of colors and patterns.

You can also take a stencil and add paint in the open areas using a make-up sponge.

When you are done with all the layers make sure to let the paint dry for a couple of minutes.

Then take another color, or the mixing white like I did, and cover the whole plate with a thin layer. Make sure this layer is really thin. If there is too much paint you will only pull the top layer and not the layers underneath.

Place a sheet of paper (I used regular printing paper but you can use any paper you like) on top of the wet paint right away. You don’t want this layer to dry!

Rub firmly, then carefully remove the paper and all the layers will be pulled in one go.

Note: Don’t rub too long, if the paint dries before pulling the print the paper will stick to the plate and tear when lifting it up.

The following prints are all made with this technique.

I hope you like this tutorial and are inspired to try it yourself.
We would love to see what you create! Please share using #gelliarts

Happy printing!

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  1. Love it all! You are an artistic magician. So anxious to get home and pull out my Fellin plTes.

  2. Oh this is amazing! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and tips.

  3. loved it! Love all the layers, it looks so complex but so easy to do. Will certainly be trying this!

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