Monday, February 26, 2018

Art Journals Created with Gelli Arts® Prints from Birgit

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!
It’s Birgit here today and I will be sharing with you how I create my art journals with Gelli Arts® prints.

I think I am not alone in having piles and piles of prints that I have made with my Gelli Arts® gel printing plates and at some point I was wondering what to do with all of them. The prints on thinner paper are of course perfect as collage material but what to do with all those prints on the heavier cardstock and watercolor paper?
So I decided to make art journals out of them because the bonus would be no blank pages in my journals.

So, how to go from this…

To this?

Start with folding all the pages in half. Be very precise, misfolded pages create a crooked booklet. Note: all of your pages have to be the same size to create a book like this. I used A5 (8.27” x 5.83”).

Now apply adhesive tape to one side of the folded page. Go along all 4 edges and an extra little strip in the middle of the page.

Now place your page upright in front of you with the adhesive facing you. Then take a second page, place it in front of the page with the adhesive and wiggle it between your fingers to get it in the right position. Always make sure you work on a flat surface.

When the pages are in the right position press them together.
Now apply adhesive tape to the second page, place the glued together pages upright and apply the 3rd page and so on.

Add as many pages as you like. One of my books had 80 pages!

Now your book is almost ready, you just have to add the spine and the covers.

To cover the spine I use sports tape. You can get it in many colors and also white. If you want to you can paint on it, stamp on it or even print on it.

Measure the length of the tape and cut off a piece.

Take some gel medium and apply it around the back of the book in the areas where the sports tape will be going.

Place the book on the edge of the sports tape. Then pull the sports tape to the front. It has to be fairly tight around the back of the book.

Now take another print (same size as the pages you used for your book) and cut it exactly in half. These two parts will become the covers of the book.

Apply adhesive tape to the covers and some gel medium on the sports tape on the book. Then add the cover to the book. Press down the paper on the gel medium until it is dry.

And your book is ready! Now you can start art journaling in it!
Here are some ideas on how to work on your prints:

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspired you to create your own colorful art journals.
We would love to see them, so please share using #gelliarts #gelliartsjournal.

Happy printing!

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  1. Wonderful! What is sports tape (in the U.S.)? Thank you!

    1. It's the kind of tape that you use to secure f.i. your wrist when you do sport. But also the tape used to wrap around f.i. a hockey stick...

  2. I found sports tape after all - even in patterns. Who knew? This opens up a whole new world. lol

  3. What a wonderful job explaining and the photos below make it so easy to reference. Wonderful teaching and references. Thank you!!

  4. Hello
    Can I ask you if your cardstock is multi media and if so what you Use Thank you

    1. It's not specific multi media, just white card and sometimes watercolour paper. Mine is 200 gr. which would be about 90 lbs.

  5. Birgit, these are gorgeous.. you could also use it as a gift to a fellow-art-journaler!! :)

  6. This was great, the best I've seen (I've seen a lot), on what to do with all those Gel prints! Thank you!

  7. Thanx a lot for sharing... I'll do this and make lovely books from no off���������� your looks gorgeous

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  9. LOVELY blog.. It's help to all.

    We conduct Creative Workshops a fun, interesting and therapeutic experience for participants.

  10. Great idea. If I can only find sports tape, but I suppose a sports supply store will have it?

  11. Thank you for your information that you've shared.


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