Monday, February 5, 2018

Gelli Arts® Gel Printing with Crayon Resist


Hi there! It’s Marsha here today! I’m excited to share with you a way to add unique personal elements to your Gelli Arts® gel prints using a crayon resist technique!



You can use any greasy crayon you have at hand as long as it isn’t water-soluble. Wax crayons, oil pastels and china markers all work.

The results may vary depending on the type of crayon or even brand. There is no one-stop answer for which one is best because, in the end, it all comes down to personal preference.

So just give it a try with what you have in your stash first. You can always look into other materials later on!






Step 1
Grab some printer paper and a couple of crayons. Go around the house and look for interesting textured surfaces.

Stencils and stamps create beautiful rubbings too, but it’s especially fun to look for objects that you usually would not put in direct contact with paint and your Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate!




Place the printer paper on top the textured surface and rub over the paper with the long side of the oil pastel or wax crayon.




Step 2
Place your Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate precisely in the middle of a sheet of paper the same size as the paper you want to print on. This will make it easier to line up all of your printed layers!

I’m using the 5” x 7” Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.

Roll a layer of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate with a brayer. Medium to heavy body acrylic paints works best for this technique.

Place one of your crayon rubbings on the painted plate. Rub it to remove paint from the plate around the crayon marks.

Remove the crayon rubbing.




Roll a layer of a different paint colour onto the printing plate. Place a sheet of (drawing) paper on top. Make sure to line it up with the paper underneath the plate.

Rub the paper or use a brayer and pull the print.




Step 3
Take a sheet of printer paper and the crayon of your preference. Doodle or make some marks.

Roll a layer of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.
Place the doodled paper on the painted plate. Rub it to remove paint from the plate around the crayon marks.

Remove the paper. If you still see some paint where you do not want it, you can quickly wipe it away with a damp cloth or a baby wipe.

Place your previous print on the plate. Make sure to line it up with the paper underneath the plate.




Rub the paper or use a brayer. You can use the back of a spoon to apply extra pressure in specific places.

Pull the print.




Step 4
You may have gathered by now that if you can use crayon doodles to print, you can also pull prints with crayon drawings and writing!




Take a sturdier paper or a sheet of greyboard (thin cardboard from packaging) the same size as the paper you’re using to print on. Draw an image using your favourite crayon.

Make sure you saturate parts of the drawing with crayon and also leave parts completely bare. Remember that the crayon marks will show up in the print and the exposed portions will show the background.




You can even include your handwriting!

You do not have to worry about reversing letters or words. When you use a paper with your normal writing in crayon to remove paint from the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate it will transfer reversed. And then when you pull the print it will automatically be reversed back again.




Long story short: what you write is what you get!




Step 5
Roll a layer of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate. Use a darker, opaque colour if you want your drawing to pop from the background.

Place the greyboard drawing on the painted plate. Rub it to remove paint from the plate around the crayon marks.




Remove the board.

Place your previous print on the plate. Make sure to line it up with the paper underneath the plate.

Rub the paper or use a brayer. You can use the back of a spoon to apply extra pressure in specific places.

Pull the print.




Don’t worry if your print doesn’t come out exactly as you wished.

Because the crayon marks on the greyboard do not absorb the paint, you can wipe the paint off with a damp cloth or a baby wipe.




Leave your greyboard to dry for a bit and then give it another go!

You can print at least two or three times with just one greyboard crayon drawing.




Happy printing with this crayon resist technique!












Materials:
Gelli Arts®:
5" x 7" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Ladder Stencil - 5” x 7”

Other:
Printer paper
Drawing paper
Thin greyboard or cardboard (from packaging)
Wax crayons, oil pastels and china markers
Medium to heavy body acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam Oxide Black, Persian Rose, Primary Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Sky Blue Light, Titanium White, Turquoise Blue)


Optional: spoon

Monday, January 29, 2018

Create Repeat Patterns and Textures with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates

Hi everybody and welcome to my first post of 2018!
It’s Birgit! Today, I am going to share a fun way of creating repeat patterns and textures on your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate. This is a great activity to do with kids!



First you have to find a paint roller that fits inside your paper tube, collect some tubes and you are ready to go!

1. Self-adhesive craft foam. Cut simple shapes from the foam and add texture to them with a skewer if you like.


2. Sequin waste, also known as punchinella. Apply some double-sided tape at both ends to adhere the sequin waste to the tube.


3. Elastic bands.


4. Thread and fibers. Cut a little notch on both sides of the tube to hold the thread. Randomly wrap around the tube.


5. Tin foil. Randomly wrap tin foil around the tube.


6. Bubble wrap. Apply some double-sided tape at both ends to adhere the bubble wrap to the tube.


7. Cut shapes. Fold the tube to make it flat, then use scissors to cut out shapes.



8. Painters tape. Randomly apply around the tube.


9. Shaped edges. Use shaped scissors to cut the tubes into smaller parts.


Experiment with combining several patterns. And don’t forget, the left over paint on your tool will also create wonderful patterns when you roll them off on some scrap paper.





Im pretty sure you will find many more ways to create repeating pattern and texture with paper tubes. We would love it if you share with us!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Happy printing!


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

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