Monday, July 17, 2017

Gelli Arts® Printing with Flexible Texture Plates

Printing with Flexible Texture Plates on Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates
by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog! It’s Birgit here and I am going to show you how you can easily create flexible texture plates for printing on Gelli Arts® gel printing plates.  Flexible texture plates have several   benefits compared to texture plates created on cardboard or wood or using just the foam.

Let’s start with the supplies you need: self-adhesive craft foam, acetate sheets, a pen or pencil, scissors and an embossing tool or skewer.
I used the 8”x10” Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to create my prints.

Start with drawing shapes on the back of the foam sheets and cut them out.


Use the embossing tool or skewer to add texture to the craft foam shapes.

Apply a piece of craft foam to an acetate sheet that is just a little bit bigger than the craft foam. About 1cm/0.4” bigger on all sides.

Create a nice composition with the foam shapes.

To create the triangles, I first added texture to a whole sheet of craft foam, then cut strips and then cut triangles from the strips. No need to draw the triangles on the back unless you want them all to be the exact same size.

You can make the plates any size or shape you want as long as you always make sure to have to acetate sheet a little bit bigger than the foam.

Benefit no. 1:
Applying the foam to an acetate sheet will keep the plates flat, the edges will not curl and the plates are easier to handle and store.

Benefit no. 2:
Because the acetate is a little bit bigger than the foam it is easier to remove the texture plate from the Gelli Arts® printing plate without touching the paint and ruining your print.

(After making a print you can use the left-over paint on the texture plates to stamp)

Benefit no. 3:
The acetate sheets are flexible which gives you the possibility to only use a part of the plate. You would not be able to do this when using cardboard or wood as a base for your texture plates.

And now you are ready to play!

Self-adhesive backed craft foam
Acetate sheets
Embossing tool or skewer
Pen or Pencil
Gelli Arts® gel printing plate - 8x10 used in this blog
Media Fluid Acrylic Paint from DecoArt
Thank you for stopping by! Happy Printing!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gelli Arts® Printed Coffee Filter Flowers

Hi there! Its Marsha here today with a fun summer party decor project that the kids will enjoy making too!

Step 1:
Print with your Gelli Arts® printing plate on a couple of coffee filters using stencils and acrylic paint.

You will need one green printed coffee filter and two or three coloured printed coffee filters per flower.

Step 2:
Stain the gelli® printed coffee filters with spray inks.

Wet the coffee filter with a spray bottle of water before you spray on the spray ink. The water will help the spray ink spread across the coffee filter.

You can stack the coffee filters you want to have the same colour while spraying. Each new filter will absorb the excess ink from the already sprayed ones!

Leave the coffee filters to dry completely.

Step 3:
Fold the coffee filters into eights (or more) and cut leaf shapes.

Make sure to cut some larger and some smaller.

Step 4:
Unfold the coffee filters and stack two or three coloured ones on top of each other.

Turn the flowers over and put a pom pom in the middle.

Fold the flowers back over the pom pom.

Secure the pom pom with wire.

Fold the leaves back and fluff them until you are happy.

Step 5:
Adhere the flower on top of a green leafed coffee filter using a glue dot or a hot glue gun.

Step 6:
Use a flower as a topper for a present, glue them on sticks and make them into a bouquet or attach them to a piece of string to form a garland!

Happy summer!

Gelli Arts® 12" x 14" Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer

Other Items:
Coffee filters
Acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana)
Stencils (Stencil Girl Products: Ancient Marks, Amsterdam, Art Deco Wallpaper, Buenos Aires, Clustered Leaves, Kunst Masken 1, Mesa Verde, Santiago, Toledo, Whats the Point)
Spray bottle with water
Spray inks (Ranger Dylusions, Talens Ecoline)
Pom poms
Glue dots or hot glue gun

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gelli Arts® Printing with "Glaze Paints"

Hello there and welcome to the Gelli® Arts blog!
Birgit here with a new video and step-by-step.

Today I am going to show you how to create your own “glaze paints” and how to use them on the Gelli® plate.

These paints are very translucent, yet very vibrant, which gives you the possibility to create multi layered prints in beautiful bright colors. I really love how I can see all the previous layers shine through the layers on top!

To create these “glaze paints” you need a matte gel medium, Brushos (but another brand watercolor powders/ink stains like Color Burst will probably give the same effect), water, spoons, a cup to mix and empty paint tubes or little pots.

For 20ml tubes take 2 full coffee spoons of matte gel medium, add half a teaspoon of Brusho and about 2-4ml water.

It’s better to have a little bit too much water than not enough as the powders change the consistency of the gel medium and it might get too thick after you added it to the tubes and you won’t be able to use them anymore. I had that happen with a few of my colors.

Mix well. The gel medium has to be very smooth and the powder has to be dissolved completely.

Fill the tubes or pots with the paints and mark them with the name of the color.

Take some sheets of cheap printer paper and cut some easy and simple but fun stencils, like circles, triangles and diamonds.

Use a brayer to apply a thin layer of paint to the Gelli® plate. It will look very transparent and you might think there is not enough paint on there but you will be surprised by the brightness of the colors. 

Lay a stencil on top of the paint and pull your first print.

Then apply a new color to the plate, lay a stencil on top and pull a second print on top of the first print. Continue this way with different stencils and colors until you have multiple overlapping layers of colors and shapes.

Dry your print and the used stencils well with a heat gun, then use a repositionable adhesive to apply a stencil in the right position to the print.

Apply paint to the plate and use texture tools, like Art Printing plates to remove paint and create texture. Place the print with the stencil adhered to it on top of the paint and pull the print.

If you feel you need more layers after that you can just continue adding colors and shapes until you are satisfied.

When you are done, don’t throw away your painty stencils! They are perfect collage material.

In the next pictures you can see how I used pieces of the colorful stencils and applied them on top of my print.

And here are some samples where you can see how I used the prints as backgrounds in my art journal. The paints are 95% permanent when dry. Some colors may react a little bit when adding water or paint with a brush. But I found that I could perfectly work on them and did things like doodling, painting, stamping and coloring.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy printing!!

List of Materials
5x7 Gelli® Plate
Matte Gel Medium
Brusho (watercolor powders)
Cup to mix
Empty paint tubes or little pots
Copy paper
Stamps for textures

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