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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 1 Ustream Follow up Gelli Prints

Hi everyone, thank you so much for those of you who came to watch the show live last night.  I had a lot of fun playing with my Gelli Plate. It was a great night of total creative freedom!  

In the promo, I promised a night of inky finger fun, and  from this photo of my hands, looks like Mission Accomplished. My husband thought I was becoming a Smurf (LOL). 

I used the 8x10 Gelli Plate to pull prints on Hymnal Pages, Cardstock, Printer Paper, Muslin, Kraft Paper, Index Cards and even Canon Warranty Newsprint.

Here is a link where you can purchase a Gelli Arts® plate.   I recommend biting the bullet and just getting the 8x10. However, if that is too overwhelming,  then I would say the 5x7 is great beginner size. Then your prints can be used for cards and tags.   Anything smaller can become frustrating.  (In my opinion). 

Paints -  I used an assortment of Apple Barrel Acrylic Craft Paints (list of colors used are in the supplies below).  Anything goes, pick your favs, just don't forget a white, and black to go with your selections.   You can really use any type of ink or paint (fluid or full bodied) that you wish. Even spray color mists work great.  I would avoid permanent inks since they may stain your Gelli® Plate. 

Now gather up some house hold times to add texture.  I used String, and disposable cups to create interesting shapes.  I also used The Crafter's Workshop Cheveron 12x12 stencil to create an interesting pattern. 

I also used die-cuts to create patterns on my prints

My go to backgrounds are:

You can print on most any surface.  I pulled a print onto a piece of muslin, that I later used to cover my little journal.  Our finished journal size was 4x4.  

I used a butterfly stamp and archival jet black ink on one of the prints to create butterflies.  Don't be afraid to stamp and fussy cut or use your print with your die-cuts to create interesting elements for your journal pages and collages.   Another print was used for the background of the first spread. Look at how they contrast of the ghosted print on the hymnal page looks against the 1st generation print used in the background.  SOOOOO FUN! 

Then I used an Uni-ball  Jetstream Bold Point 1.0 mm Black Pen to add my title and a few doodles.  This pen didn't even hesitate on this gel covered page.  It flowed so smooth and silky.  Highly recommend this!  I picked mine up at Target.

I also added a few splashes of color in the white spaces, and some shadows around my butterflies \ with my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pens in Cold Grey, and May Green

In case you missed the class live, here is the recording: 

Since I couldn't finish up each page of the book in the allotted time for the class, I decided to use the remaining prints to create the other spreads throughout the month.  Visit this blog weekly in June, to see my new entries.  I will also continue to build one existing pages as the mood strikes me.  So it will be fun to see how everything evolves.

Thanks again for hanging out with me.  It was so much fun. Our next class is scheduled for July 6.  But I may do a Saturday Ustream again, sometime in the middle of June. I'll try and give a heads up if I do.


  • 8x10 Gelli Arts® Plate
  • Plaid  Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Various Colors, Kiwi, Yellow Fame, Pink Parfait, Jack O'Lantern, Bimini Blue. White, Black
  • Brayer
  • The Crafter's Workshop - Balzer Designs Chevron Stencil 12x12
  • String
  • Various Disposable Cups (in different sizes)
  • Die-Versions Whispers Background - Hexagons   
  • Die-Versions Whispers Background - Morocco
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Stamp
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen - May Green
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® - Stamper's Big Brush Artist Pen - Cold Grey
  • Uni-ball Jetstream Bold 1.0 mm
  • White Geli Roll Pen
  • Various papers with patterns, textures and weights. I used hymnal pages, index cards, copy paper, book text, paper bag, newsprint (warranty printed paper), cardstock.  The variety gives interest to your prints. 
  • Tim Holtz - Sizzix  Block Talk Alphabet Upper Case
  • Tim Holtz - Stamper's Anonymous - Ultimate Grunge Stamp 
  • Ranger Ink, Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black


  1. Such a beautiful project. I only caught a few snippets of the live stream but I will go back and watch the recording. Love the colors.

  2. This was a great start to this little project.

  3. Messy hands mean fun has begun!

  4. I am totaly new to all this, and loved your tutorial... the one dumb question is what scissors are you using... my kitchen scissors don't cut it (yes, pun intended)

    1. haaa - those are my Tim Holtz scissors and they are awesome. They will "cut it" these are the short blade ones but I know he just released a new set with longer blades.

  5. Love the colors - bright and cheery

  6. Your journal is awesome. Live watching you create.

  7. You look like me.. lol - I always have some kind of product on my hands - or nose! haha - Very thorough video!

    a funFYI: "gouache" most commonly pronounced: "gwash"

  8. Messy goodness. Love the bright colors. Orange and yellow scream summer to me.


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