Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Trip to the Hardware Store with Gelli Arts®

Hello and Welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here. If you are a bit like me (real Gelli® plate addict) then you are always on the lookout for new (cheap) supplies to create texture on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

Recently I took a trip to the hardware store to see what I could find there and I got a pretty good score 😀.

Here are some pictures showing the supplies I found.

I used the mini square Gelli Arts® plate and one of the new Gelli Arts® acrylic paint sets (Bright Colors). Aren’t they just beautiful?

And here are the textures I created with them. All the squares are showing the texture of just one supply, but imagine what you can do combining the different supplies in one print!

Please watch the video to see how they are made. It would take too many pictures to show them all here 😀.

Now, I live in a small village in The Netherlands and we only have a small hardware store. I’m sure if you go to your local hardware store and take some time to wander around and use your imagination, you will find many more fun supplies to use. I would love to hear what you found and what your favorites are, so please leave a comment!

Thank you for watching!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Printing with Metallic Paint & Textured Wall Paper on Gelli Arts® Printing Plates!

Hi there! It’s Marsha here, and today I’m going to show you how to make stunning single layer metallic and pearlescent prints with textured wallpaper samples and your Gelli Arts® printing plate!

Most metallic and pearlescent paint colours are transparent or translucent. Any colour that is underneath will show through the paint.

That means if you use a metallic or pearlescent colour to monoprint on white paper, the light background sometimes will make the result appear too subtle.

The solution to make metallic and pearlescent paint colours truly shine is to make sure that there is a darker colour in the background.

You can achieve this by monoprinting a solid colour layer first before moving on to a metallic colour. But you can also opt to print on a dark or coloured paper!

The results are stunning, especially when you use stencils, stamps and mark makers with intricate designs.

I chose to work with textured vinyl wallpaper samples. You can find these in the wallpaper section of most home improvement stores.

Look for samples with a damask, floral or geometric design that have a good even ratio of raised and flat areas.

First, apply a layer of metallic paint on your Gelli Arts® printing plate.  Then cover it with textured wallpaper samples. Mix and match several different wallpaper designs for a fun patchwork effect.  Here I am using an 8x10" Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

Experiment with different kinds of paper and cardstock. A smooth substrate is best and the higher the density of the paper, the less it absorbs the paint: this will make the metallics shine more.

Try varying the amount of paint on the plate. A small amount that doesn’t cover the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate evenly creates a beautifully distressed look.

And lastly, I found that a metallic paint from one brand acts differently than what seems to be the same hue from another brand. It’s worth trying several brands to see which result you like best!

Metallic prints make beautiful backgrounds, but sometimes they don’t need anything else added. I like to use them to make envelopes, covers for traveller’s notebooks and I use the cutoffs to create cards.

Print with gold, silver or bronze on black or dark tissue paper to make your own super chic gift wrapping paper.

You can also monoprint directly on the cover of a blank notebook.

Cover the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate with the metallic or pearlescent paint of your choice, make marks and then carefully place the closed blank book on the plate.

Roll the book onto the spine and then roll it over to print on the last side of the book.

Fill any spots that were left unprinted with more prints once the cover is dry.

I hope you give Gelli Arts® Gel Printing with metallic and pearlescent paints a try. It’s a fun addition to your monoprinting arsenal!

Enjoy your day!


8" x 10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer

Acrylic paint in metallic or pearlescent colours
Coloured paper or cardstock
Textured vinyl wallpaper samples

Optional: blank book, punchinella (sequin waste)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gelli Arts® Printing on Crackle Paste

Hello! Birgit here with a fun mixed media project. I’ve been using my Gelli Arts® gel printing plate to print on chipboard hearts with crackle paste on top.

It's so much cooler then when you use a paint brush! The layer of paint on a Gelli Arts® plate is so thin it won't go into the cracks so you will continue to see the color underneath of the cracks! Besides that, I love the transparency of the layers when using the Gelli Arts® plate.

So, here’s how to do it:

First you need to find or cut some shapes of chipboard and paint them. I used black gesso from DecoArt Media but you could also use white gesso or any color of acrylic paint. Then you apply a layer of crackle paste on top of the painted chipboard. I also used DecoArt Media crackle paste. The thicker the layer of paste, the bigger the cracks will be.
Leave it to dry for a couple of hours. Don’t use a heat gun, just be patient. ;)

When the crackle paste is completely dry it’s time to bring out your Gelli Arts® plate!

Roll out two or three colors of acrylic paint - I used DecoArt Media. Place the crackled chipboard shape on top, cover it with a sheet of printing paper and firmly rub the shape into the paint.

As a bonus, you will also get a nice print! I took the paper I used for covering the heart and printed the left-over paint on the plate in the open space.

Now apply a contrasting color to the plate and place a mask on top. I am using the 2 Flowers set by Birgit Koopsen. Remove most of the paint around the mask with printer paper and pull the print. Repeat until you are satisfied.

Now take some paint markers, like Poscas, and add little splatters to your shape by hitting the pens with scissors.

To add more details and texture you can use stamps and a permanent stamping ink. I am using Mini Textures by Birgit Koopsen.
To finish the heart, you can go around the edges with the ink pad.

Media Fluid Acrylic Paint from DecoArt
Media Crackle Paste from DecoArt
Gelli Arts® gel printing plate - 8x10 used in this blog
Printing Paper
Paint Markers from Posca
Stamping Ink

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to see you again next time!

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