Thursday, January 4, 2018

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing on Transparencies


Gelli Arts® Gel Printing on Transparencies

Happy 2018! It’s Marsha here, and today I’d like to share an exciting way to create stunning, shiny Gelli® prints!


Have you ever tried Gelli Arts® Gel Printing on transparencies?


It differs a bit from regular gel printing on paper. Instead of layering back to front, you have to think about the star of your finished print first and then add everything you want to appear behind it next.

Think of it like reverse painting on glass: you apply paint to the transparency, and you view the image by turning the sheet over. You’re looking at the picture through the transparency.



Step 1
Place the transparency on the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. This will prevent the transparency from sliding. I’m using the 6”x6” sized plate, and I’ve cut my transparencies to match that size.

Roll Jet Black acrylic paint out on a sheet of parchment or palette paper. Dab a (hand carved) stamp into the paint and stamp the image onto the transparency. Repeat until you’re happy with the pattern.


Make sure the acrylic paint doesn’t dry on your stamp. Clean the stamp as soon as the stamping is done.

Leave the transparency on the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. Wait until the stamped images are completely dry before you proceed to the next step.


Step 2
Choose a lighter or contrasting colour paint. Make sure the stamped (paint) side of the transparency is still facing up. Paint over the stamped images.

Wait until the paint is completely dry before you proceed to the next step.

 
Step 3
Now you can start building layers behind the stamped images. You can do this by either gel printing or stenciling. When you print, the painted side of the transparency faces down, and when you stencil, you need the painted side of the transparency to face up.

You can alternate between printing and stencilling as often as you want. Just make sure the previous layer is completely dry before adding another one.


Pulling prints
The best printing result is achieved by placing the transparency directly over the paint on the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. So to pull stencilled images, it's best to apply paint to the printing plate through the stencil.

Start with a clean plate. Place a stencil or mask on top of it. Roll paint out on parchment or palette paper before applying it through the stencil to the printing plate.


Remove the stencil and pull the print (with the glossy side of the transparency facing you and the side with paint already on it facing the printing plate).

Take advantage of the fact that you’re printing on a see-through sheet: line up the transparency and the plate precisely the way you want the paint to print!

Leave the print to dry.


Ghost printing
Roll paint out on the printing plate. Place a stencil or a mask on top of the paint. Place a sheet of parchment paper (or other thin paper) on top to remove paint from the plate.


Remove the stencil from the plate. Remove more paint if needed.


Pull the ghost print with the transparency (again with the glossy side of the transparency facing you and the side with paint already on it facing the printing plate).


Leave the print to dry.


Stencilling
Place the transparency with the glossy side down (painted side up) on a clean Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. This will prevent the transparency from sliding while stenciling.

Place a stencil or mask on top of the transparency. Squeeze a drop of paint onto parchment or palette paper. Dab a cosmetic sponge into the paint. Dab off as much excess paint as you can. Pounce the sponge up and down to apply the paint through the stencil onto the transparency.


Step 4
Once you are happy with the way the layers look, you can apply one last coat of solid colour to complete the print.

Place the transparency with the glossy side down (painted side up) on top of a clean Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. This will prevent the transparency from sliding.


Choose a paint colour that you haven’t already used in your print. Roll it out onto the transparency on top of all of the other paint layers.

Leave the paint to dry completely.


The result is a striking print that you can adhere to cards, use for mixed media collage, or you can frame just as it is. No protective glass needed!


Have fun Gelli Arts® Gel Printing on transparencies!











Materials:
Gelli Arts®:
6" x 6" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Classic Colors (Chili Pepper, Jet Black, Snowbound)
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Bright Colors (Freshwater, Mixed Berries, Snowbound)
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper

Other:
Transparency film (Office Depot: 100 microns, A4 size cut to 6”x6”)
Stencils (Artistic Flair Crafts: Chevron 2, Cobbled Lane, Lattice, Polygon, Squiggled)
Hand carved stamps
Hand cut stencils

Cosmetic sponge

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pimp Your Apron with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates

Hi there and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!
It’s Birgit here and today I want to show you how you can easily pimp your apron in a few steps. And… NO sewing involved, everybody can do this!!


So, let’s start with what you need.
I used the Gelli Arts® Patch Printing Kit which includes almost everything you need. A Gelli Arts® gel printing plate, a brayer, a variety of patches, acrylic paints, fabric medium and printing materials. Besides that, I used the small round plate from the mini shapes set and some additional Gelli Arts® acrylic colors.


I started with adding color to the patches using the gel plate from the kit.











Then I applied the small round plate to an acrylic block and added a white circle to every printed patch. I printed 2 layers for a nice coverage.






I let the white paint dry and then added colors on top of the white circles, again using the small round plate.






After that I used the printing material from the kit to add a variety of texture and patterns to the printed circles.
















When all the paint was really dry, I ironed fusible web on the reverse side of the patches (follow instructions on the packaging) and then cut the patches if necessary to the right size.




I made a nice composition on the apron and when I was satisfied I ironed the patches with the fusible web back to the apron.

I started at the top of the pockets to make sure I got it all lined up nicely.







After applying all the patches I decided it needed something more and I created a “lace” border at the top of the patches using a foam stamp and acrylic paint.


I finished the apron by adding faux stitching using a paint marker.









I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see your gelli printed aprons!

Wishing you happy Holidays and a colorful, creative and inspirational 2018!



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Lantern



Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a touch of ‘hygge’ to brighten up a corner of your home! This star lantern is a fun craft project that is easy to make and perfectly suitable for kids too.




Step 1:
Choose two or three of your favourite paint colours and start printing. You need at least two 8.5” x 11” Gelli prints to create 11 pentagon shapes that are about 3.5” x 3.5” in size.

Try not to cover the entire paper with paint. Leave some white spots for the light to shine through later on.

You can achieve this by pulling ghost prints or for instance by removing paint from the plate before pulling a print:


Apply acrylic paint to the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. Roll it out on the plate with a brayer. Place a stencil on top of the paint and then a sheet of (parchment) paper. Use the thin paper to remove the paint from the open parts of the stencil. Remove the stencil and pull a print with your paper.


You don’t have to cover your paper in one go either. Pull partial prints and layer them if you like.


Step 2
Create a pentagon template to help you cut the paper into identical pentagon shapes.

Print an image of a regular pentagon. Make sure you print it at a size of about 3.5” x 3.5”. Resize it if you want a smaller or a more substantial lantern.


Trace the pentagon image onto a scrap of chipboard. Use a craft knife and a metal ruler to cut along the lines of the pentagon on the chipboard.


Step 3
Use the template as a guide to cut 11 identical pentagons.


Step 4
Mark the middle of each side of each pentagon with a pencil.


Step 5:
Score a line from one pencil mark to the next one and repeat for each of the pencil marks.


Step 6:
Fold the score lines.


Step 7:
Use a brush to apply vegetable oil to the back of the Gelli printed pentagons.

The paper will absorb the oil, and this will give the prints a translucent quality. Blot any excess oil with a paper towel and leave the pentagons to dry, preferably overnight.


Step 8:
Start with the bottom pentagon of your star lantern. Place it printed side down. Apply glue to one of the flaps on the printed side.

Take another pentagon and apply glue to the blank side of one of the flaps. Adhere the two pentagons together.

Move on to the next side of the bottom pentagon and repeat until you’ve attached a pentagon to all five sides.


Step 9:
For the second row adhere one new pentagon to each previously attached pentagon, but make sure to glue each new pentagon to the exact same side of each previous pentagon. Like this:



Step 10:
Now adhered all the remaining flaps.


Step 11:
Glue the five remaining loose flaps to the inside edge of the star lantern.


Step 12:
The folded lantern looks cute as is, but the real magic happens when it gets dark. Switch on a LED tealight, place it inside the lantern and… enjoy!


Happy Festive Season!



Materials:
Gelli Arts®:
8" x 10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Ladder Stencil - Designed to print with 5x7 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Ladder Stencil - Designed to print with 8x10 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Flower Stencil - Designed to print with 5x7 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Flower Stencil - Designed to print with 8x10 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Bead Stencil - Designed to print with 5x7 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Bead Stencil - Designed to print with 8x10 Gelli Arts® printing plate
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Classic Colors (Deep Jungle, Snowbound)
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint Set - Bright Colors (Freshwater, Snowbound)
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper

Other:
Paper
Chipboard scrap
Metal ruler
Craft knife
Pencil
Embossing stylus
Vegetable oil
Brush
Glue stick

Optional: protractor

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