Hello, Birgit here with a new tutorial video! Today, I will show you how to create beautiful printed feathers on the GelliArts® gel printing plate!
I used both feathers that I bought (the white ones) and feathers I found in the woods and on the beach. Besides that, I used the 8” x 10” Gelli® plate, acrylic paint from DecoArt Media, stamps and stencils from Carabelle Studio, Stazon stamping ink, and Posca paint markers.
Start by rolling out a thin layer of paint on the plate and carefully place the feathers on top. Cover the feathers with a sheet of printer paper and rub carefully. Make sure to apply some extra pressure around the rachis, or the center shaft, of the feather. Then remove the paper and lift the feathers from the plate.
Now add a new layer of paint to the plate and layer stencils on top. Use a sheet of printer paper to remove the paint from the open spaces. Then remove the stencils from the plate and place the painted feathers on top of the remaining paint.
If you want to add some bits of extra color to the feathers just roll out some paint on the plate and lightly push parts of the feathers into the paint.
You can add more patterns and colors using stamps. You can either stamp with a permanent ink like Stazon or use acrylic paint. Roll out some paint with your brayer and use the brayer to apply the paint to your stamp. This way it’s easier to spread the paint evenly and avoid getting a lot of paint in the lower parts. Make sure to clean the stamp right after using it!
Finally, you can add some texture and color by creating little splatters. This is very easy with paint markers. Shake them to mix the pigments and then hit them with something a little bit heavier like a big brush.
Aren’t these feathers just beautiful? You’re probably wondering what to do with them.
You can just frame them as a piece of art, use them in your art journal, or as an embellishment on scrapbook pages! You could even use them to spice up a nicely wrapped gift!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see your feathers. Please share and use #gelliprintedfeathers so I can find them!