Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gelli® Printed Snow Globe

Hi there! Happy New Year!

I don’t know if it’s winter where you are, but there was snowfall in some parts of the Netherlands this week. Unfortunately, not in the city where I live, so I decided to create my own winter wonderland instead!

These simple paper snow globes are especially fun to create with kids. They can turn their own winter drawing into a mask and then puzzle to make gelli® prints!

Step 1:
Draw a circle on a sheet of drawing paper and then sketch a winter scene into the circle. Keep the sketch as simple as possible: just a few basic shapes, there is no need for detail!

Step 2:
Cut the sketch into masks. I cut out the trees, the house, the mountains and the sky first - in the video you can see that I kept the ground part together until later when I was ready to print that part.

Step 3:
Choose opaque paint colors. Also try and keep to a limited palette of colors that mix well so you don’t have to clean the plate in between prints unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Step 4:
Take a sheet of black paper and start gelli® printing!

Use the masks like a puzzle: decide which part you want to print, add the paint color you want to print with onto the plate, make marks if you want, put the mask on the plate leaving out the part you want to print and then pull the print!

Start with the trees and the house, then move on to the mountains and the sky. Print the snowy ground last, because you may want to clean the plate before you print that part.

Be sure to line up the mask and the paper you’re printing on with either the gelli® plate or the grid on your cutting mat, so you know where to place the paper each time you print another section.

If your work surface doesn’t have a grid, then mark it off with some (washi) tape that you can remove easily when done.

Step 5:
Cut the print into a circle and fill in the details with paint markers and pencil.

Step 6:
Assemble a snow globe. Take a 4” x 6” double notecard and cut a rounded edge on each side. I cut the first edge freehand and then I used the cut-off piece as a template.

Open up the card and fold the sides inwards towards the middle crease.

Add glue to one of the new flaps and fold the card into a little stand for the snow globe.

Back the print with card stock if needed and adhere it to the stand. 

Give it a place where you can see it, grab a cup of hot cocoa and dream of a winter wonderland!

- Marsha

Gelli Arts®:

Drawing paper
Black paper
Red double note cards
Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam: Burnt Umber, 
Neutral Grey, Olive Green Light, Titanium White, 
Turquoise Blue, Winsor & Newton Galeria: Sap Green)
Paint marker (Derwent Graphik Line Painter Fox, 
UniPosca: white, yellow, orange)
Graphite pencil
Embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Glue stick

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Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli® retailer near you!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gelli® Printed Tealight Bags

Hello! Welcome to the Gelli Arts® Blog!
Birgit here today with a fun and simple project to bring some light to these darker winter days.

Add a unique and personal touch to your Christmas decorations by Gelli® printing on white paper bags and put tea lights in them!

Here’s what you need:
Thin white paper bags (for sandwiches)
Acrylic paint (for instance gold or silver combined with your favorite colors)
Printer paper
Small jars
Optional: Matte Medium + Flat brush

Before you start printing cut a bunch of snowflake shapes from printer paper.
Do a quick search on Google or YouTube and you will find loads of tutorials on how to cut these - check this tutorial out here!

Take some paper bags and open them carefully at the bottom or cut off the bottom strip so you have a bag with an opening on 2 sides.

Use a brayer to spread gold or silver acrylic paint on the Gelli® plate. These colors are translucent which will help make the light shine through beautifully and add a festive sparkle to the bags!

Place a paper bag at the edge of the plate and put your hands in from both sides. Now roll the bag towards yourself gently rubbing the paper with your hands. If you're using a larger bag you may have to go back and repeat this step until the entire bag is colored. 

Color a bunch of bags so you have them ready for the next step. Let them dry well then fold them back into the original shape.

Now take out the paper snowflakes.

Spread your favorite acrylic colors on the Gelli® plate and lay some of the snowflakes on top.

Then place a colored paper bag on top and gently rub to make the print.

Peel the paper snowflakes from the Gelli® plate. Don’t wait to long before doing this, when the paint dries it gets a little harder to remove the paper from the plate. Save the painted snowflakes for future use!

Another way of printing is using stencils.
Spread the paint on the Gelli® plate and lay stencils on top.
Of course you can now go straight ahead and make a print on a bag. But I like the second print much better than the first!  If you agree :) pull the first print with a regular piece of copy paper (save this print - you can use it for a collage paper later if you like!) and then take your second print with your white bag. 

Now remove the stencils from the plate and make a print from the remaining paint.
I really, really love this distressed look!

Make a variety of prints on all your bags. If at the end you have a couple of prints that didn’t turn out so well then they will probably be a great background for your painted snowflakes.
Use a matte medium to apply them to the bags.

Let the bags dry well and close the bottom again. Then roll down from the top and place a glass (jar) inside to hold a tea light.

Happy Holidays! J

- Birgit

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