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!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Decoupage with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Parchment Paper

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a colorful back-to-school project!

Keep your school files, stationery and magazines organized in these magazine files decoupaged with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Parchment Paper.

You can easily adapt the colors to match your home decor, and it’s a DIY project that kids will enjoy too!

Step 1:
I decided to use paper die-cuts, that I cut with an electronic die-cutting machine, as masks. I kept the paper that was surrounding the cut-outs and used that as a stencil.

Roll acrylic paint out onto the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate with a brayer, place the paper stencil on top and pull a print with the parchment paper.

Step 2:
Use a brayer to roll paint out on a craft sheet (or another sheet of parchment paper). Then use the brayer to transfer the paint onto the Gelli Arts® mini gel printing plate of your choice.

Place a die-cut or mask on top of the parchment paper and stamp with the Gelli Arts® mini gel printing plate over the die-cut.

Step 3:
Use your favorite tools to make marks all over the sheet of parchment paper.

Step 4:
Use any of the left over rolled out paint to stamp images with (cling) rubber or foam stamps.

Don’t let any paint dry on the stamps. Clean the stamps immediately or keep a bowl of water nearby to temporarily keep them in until you are ready to clean the paint off.

Step 5:
Gesso and then lightly sand a store-bought wooden magazine file or any other object you’d like to alter.

The surface of the object needs to be as smooth as possible.

Step 6:
Tear the printed parchment paper into smaller pieces.

Brush enough decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge, onto the magazine file for one or two pieces of parchment paper at a time.

Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the glue and then brush over the paper to adhere, burnish and seal it at the same time. Let each new piece of parchment paper overlap the previously adhered piece.

Use a discarded plastic gift card or hotel key card to smooth out larger air bubbles.

Repeat until the magazine file is covered completely.

Step 7:
Leave the glue to dry completely. Trim the edges if necessary and then put the Gelli Arts® gel printed magazine file on display in your home!

Enjoy your day!

Gelli Arts®:
8" x 10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Round Mini Kit
Gelli Arts® Minis - Set of 3 Mini Gel Printing Plates (Round, Square, and Triangle)
Gelli Arts® Minis - Set of 3 Mini Gel Printing Plates (Oval, Rectangle, & Hexagon)
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer

Acrylic paint
Die-cuts or masks (Silhouette cut files by Nic Squirrell: Seashell, Seashells Wreath or Garland)
Cosmetic sponge
Rubber stamps (Nathalie Kalbach for Rubbermoon: Cross Circle, Running)
Waterproof stamping ink (StazOn)
Wooden magazine file (IKEA)

Decoupage glue (Mod Podge)

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!

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