Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gelli® Printed Winter Garland

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog. It’s Birgit back with a fun wintery project using the new Gelli Arts® Round Mini Kit.


Start with gathering all the necessary supplies. Here’s what you need:
Gelli Arts® Round MiniKit, Brayer, Acrylic paint – a variety of blues, white and black, a white acrylic marker, Fabric (unbleached canvas), Felt – Thick (about 0.5 cm), Stamps – Carabelle Studio SMI0123, SA70103 and SA70111, Beads, String Thread and Embroidery thread.



Take the Mini RoundGelli® Plate from the packaging and apply it to the plastic dish it came in. You can use it as an acrylic block and it turns your Gelli® plate into an easy to handle stamping tool!
Apply a little bit of paint to the plate and spread it with a brayer, then stamp the paint onto the fabric. Create 24 circles like this.




Let the paint dry, then use the comb and the punchanella (in the Gelli Arts® Round Mini Kit) to create texture. Add paint to the plate, make marks/remove paint and print on top of the 24 circles you made in the first step.





Use the plastic dish as an acrylic block and apply paint to the rubber stamps using a brayer. This way you will get a nice and even layer of paint. Use the stamp on half of the circles.



Use an acrylic marker to add white snowflake splatters to the printed circles.


Cut out the printed circles. Draw smaller circles on the felt and cut them out too. You need 12 of these.



Now it’s time to put the garland together. Thread some beads to a string, then lay 1 printed circle on the table, right side down, place the thread on top, going through the middle. Then place a felt circle on top of that, followed by another printed circle, right side up. Use a pin to hold everything together. Sew the circles together with a simple flat stitch, then thread some beads again and apply the next set of circles. Continue untill you've applied all 12 sets to the string.







Finish with some beads and your garland is ready. Perfect to decorate your house but also a great gift!






Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and got inspired to create something wintery!

Happy printing!

- Birgit Koopsen


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gelli® Printed Fall Bouquet

Hi there! It’s Marsha here with a fall decor idea that is fun for kids as well as adults!



Preparations:
First things first - gather leaves. You do not have to dry the leaves before you print them, but flattened leaves are easier to print on, so press them between the pages of an old book before getting started.

Bare in mind that if the leaves are completely fresh, they will dry out after gelli® printing and that means they can warp and buckle.

If you don’t want that to happen, press them in the old book for a while once the print is dry.


Step 1:
Start gelli® printing! This project works in two ways: use the leaves as masks to create beautiful leaf gelli® prints on paper and be sure to cover both sides of each leaf with paint in the proces.


Step 2:
Once you have all sides of all leaves covered, you can throw some stencils into the mix. Look for stencils that have clear patterns. These leave the best visible impressions on the leaves.
Don’t forget to pull some ghost prints!


My main focus was on printing the leaves, but each time I saw a really interesting pattern left on the Gelli® Plate after printing the leaves, I pulled a print on a fresh sheet of paper to preserve it.


Step 3:
Use the NEW GelliArts® Round Mini Kit to stamp another layer onto the leaves. Alternate colours and marks made with punchinella and the 3-sided texture tool.


Step 4:
Add the finishing touch by splattering some black paint onto the printed leaves. I like to tap onto a paint marker to create splatter.


Step 5:
Let the leaves dry for a bit and then attach each leaf to a wire. Just wrap the wire around the stem of the leaf and then reinforce it with tape.


Wrap two or three wires together to form a branch.
I covered the wires with masking tape because I wanted to be able to paint the branches. You can easily substitute the masking tape with coloured or washi tape.


Step 6:
Paint the branches and let dry - once completely they're all dry place where everyone can enjoy!!




Have fun arranging your colorful leaves in a vase!

- Marsha Valk


Materials:

Gelli Arts®:

Other:
Leaves
Paper
Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam: Azo Yellow Medium, 
Reflex Rose, Titanium White, Turquoise Blue, Ultramarine Violet)
Paint marker (Posca: black)
Stencils (Nathalie Kalbach for 
Stencil Girl Products: Buenos Aires, Toledo)
Wire

Masking tape

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gelli® Printed Lampshade

Happy Thursday! Today I want to show you how you can create a unique and personal lampshade in a few very easy steps. Add some color and a personal touch to your interior.


Here’s what you need:



A lampshade, I used Jära from Ikea. It has a fabric top layer but the inside is made of plastic so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
Besides that - you need the hexagon shaped mini Gelli® plate, a brayer, stamps (they have to be bigger then the hexagon Gelli® plate, I used the new “Mixed Media Flowers #1” that I designed for Carabelle Studio), acrylic blocks, acrylic paint (I mixed my own color from Amsterdam acrylics), baby wipes, a paper piercer, a needle and embroidery thread.

Apply some paint to a craft sheet and roll out to cover your brayer with paint. Apply the paint to your stamp using the brayer. This way you will get a nice even layer of paint covering your stamp without paint going into the small openings.
Stamp on the Gelli® plate to transfer the paint from the stamp to the plate.



Then use the Gelli® plate as a stamp to create a border around the edge of the lampshade.
Make sure to clean the Gelli® plate with a baby wipe between stamping to keep the prints clean and crisp.



Why use a Gelli® plate and not stamp on the lampshade directly?
First of all, you will not get the hexagon shape unless you use a stencil which is more difficult and messy than using the Gelli® plate. Secondly, because of the consistency of the Gelli® plate, adding the paint to the lampshade goes much smoother and with a better result than stamping on the fabric directly.

Once you have completed the border you have to let the paint dry well. Then use a paper piercer to make holes around the edges of the hexagons. I made one on every corner and one in between the corners.


Then I started embroidering but I made a mistake. I crossed over to the next hole, like you see on the picture below, but then I realized that I could see those threads on the right side of the lamp when the light shines through.




So instead of crossing over I had to go back into the previous hole and then continue. See pictures. Go along all the edges of all hexagons this way and your lampshade is done.




You have to have some patience while making the holes and doing the embroidery but the result is worth it!



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and got inspired to create some unique furniture yourself!


- Birgit



GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
To enter the giveaway, click on the red "ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE" button below! (This will ensure that we can contact the winner and that entries are limited to one per person. One winner will be selected from all the entries via a random number generator to receive this very special giveaway!) Entries will be accepted until October 24,2016. The winner will be announced via Facebook page by 5:00PM EST the following day. 
(Birgit's stamps will be included in the giveaway package - not pictured above)



PS: Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

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