DIY Gelli Printing – Monoprinting Without a Press (A Tutorial)

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Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

My friend, Hillary Hardison, recently ventured into self-employment as a full time artist. In addition to creating her artwork, which includes a mix of encaustic paintings and mixed media collages, Hillary is also teaching art classes. DIY Gelli Printing was the first class she taught as the owner of Hardison Art LLC.

Hillary not only offers Saturday art workshops which enable you to learn a new skill but she also hosts Wine and Art Wednesdays on the second Wednesday of every month. (You can register for upcoming classes here.)

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

Hillary’s first Wine and Art Wednesday was this past Wednesday. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event in which she taught DIY gelli printing. Everyone had an absolute blast. Not only was the process of learning how to create gelli prints an informative and rewarding experience, but Hillary’s bright and positive personality made this class a complete gem.

What is DIY Gelli Printing?

Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Made using mineral oil and a hypoallergenic polymer material, this vegan monoprinting gelli plate is both vegan and latex free. As it’s not made using gelatin, which was the traditional method, there’s no shelf life so you are able to use your gelli plate over and over again.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

As I enjoyed Hillary’s class on DIY gelli printing so much, I thought it’d be fun to share the process with you all as well. Following is my step-by-step tutorial on DIY gelli printing using the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

DIY Gelli Printing with Hillary!

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Materials & Tools:

Golden Fluid Acrylics or similar
Gelli Arts® gel printing plate or a starter kit
non-shiny papers

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

texture tools (such as stamps, leaves, bubble wrap etc.)
spray bottle with water (optional)
stencils
brayer

Instructions:

Begin by gathering all of your materials, then cover your work surface to protect it from paint.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Apply a few drops of acrylic paint to your gelli plate.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Then use a brayer to smooth the paint out across the surface of the entire plate.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Press paper (or fabric) firmly onto the gelli plate with the paint side up.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Then remove the paper. You’ve now created the background for your first gelli print!

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

For the next step I used a stencil. Once again add a few drops of paint to the gelli plate, then spread the paint over the surface using a brayer.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Place the stencil on top of the gelli plate with the paint side up.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Now press the paper you just printed, image side down, firmly on top of the gelli plate and stencil. (The paint dries quickly so there’s not a lot of waiting.)

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Remove the paper from the gelli plate. You’ve now successfully created a second layer to your print.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Your gelli plate will retain the portion of the stencil not printed.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

So you can also press a fresh piece of paper on top of the remaining paint on the gelli plate to create a ghost image.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Continue creating your print by repeating the previous steps with different stencils and materials. Alternately, you can also roll paint onto a stamp to add to your work.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

Or try adding additional details by painting free hand using a paint brush.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Here’s a shot of me with my first ever gelli print! These are so quick and easy to create that I made several different prints.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Here is an example of some other gelli prints that Hillary made, including the one she is holding, to demonstrate the process.

Another fun thing to try with your gelli plate is to apply rubber combs, stamps and brushes to the painted gelli plate to remove paint before printing. You can also use a spray bottle with water to spray the paint loaded gelli plate prior to printing for a neat effect.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Once you’ve finished making your prints, clean the gelli plate with hand sanitizer and a paper towel. Then place the gelli printing plate between two sheets of copy paper for storage.

You can use the DIY gelli printing method to make handmade cards, gift wrap, fabric patches and pretty much anything else you dream up!

My friend, Hillary Hardison, recently ventured into self-employment as a full time artist. In addition to creating her artwork, which includes a mix of encaustic paintings and mixed media collages, Hillary is also teaching art classes. DIY Gelli Printing was the first class she taught as the owner of Hardison Art LLC.

If you’d like to join in on the fun at Hillary’s next Wine and Art Wednesday, you can pre-register for the class here. The next Wine and Art Wednesday is October 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm. It’s a two hour event that is held in the basement classroom of the Aurora Studio Center in downtown Roanoke, VA. Hillary will be teaching everyone to make their own beaded wine charms at the next class! (This is a make and take event.)

Alternately, you can also sign up for her Intro to Encaustic Painting Workshop that is being held on September 23rd, 2017 at 1pm.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

If you liked this DIY gelli printing project, then you may also enjoy my tutorial for making DIY Coasters. Made using blank letterpress coasters, this DIY instructs you on how to make fun and functional coasters for your home and to give as gifts.

For more fun art projects and tutorials, be sure to follow my Art Class Pinterest board. You can also follow me on your favorite social media platforms including PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

And don’t forget to share photos of the gelli prints you’ve made with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! I’d love to see the prints that you come up with!


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The Photographer Behind the Imagery of MKMoore Photography

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Band Photography by MKMoore Photography

The older I’ve gotten, the more creative people I’ve been lucky enough to discover. From farmer’s markets to art shows there is talent in every city. However, not every great artist is always easy to find. There are many talented artists within my hometown of Roanoke, VA that I’m sure I have yet to discover. There are also a few great artists that I only discovered by chance. Once of those artists is photographer, Kent Moore of MKMoore Photography.

Busted Television in Abandoned Home by MKMoore Photography

I was first introduced to Kent Moore’s photography via Facebook while browsing the fan page of a the local band I had just discovered called Another Roadside Attraction. I then followed Kent’s photographs online of and on. Eventually I met him when he messaged me about buying some handmade soaps from me as a birthday gift for one his friends.

In person Kent is shy and quiet. However, his photographs speak volumes through their vivid imagery, colors and mood. His live band photographs are always exciting, taken from interesting perspectives and angles, while his still life photos of abandoned buildings and houses are filled with a quiet foreboding.

Barb Wire Dolls Photograph by MKMoore Photography

Being a fan of Kent’s work, I really wanted to learn more about him and his own insight into his photography. Since he’s more of a behind the scenes kind of guy whose usually behind the camera rather in front of it, I requested an interview with Kent which he was happy to give. Following is Kent’s commentary about his work, influences and dreams.

Bastards of Fate Live Photograph by MKMoore Photography

Q. How long have you been shooting photographs?
A. I started in jr. high when my brother showed me the basics when he was home on leave from the Navy. I didn’t get serious about it until 10-12 years later though.

Q. Did you always have an affinity for the arts or did you think you’d go into a completely different field when you were young?
A. I started out wanting to do music recording and production. I went to school for that and found out I wasn’t really into it at all. I just didn’t have the patience for it.

Q. How would you describe your style of art for the majority of your works?
A. Not really sure what the style would be called but in a lot of my color photos I like to exaggerate or shift a few colors to something that’s just a touch outside of reality so you have to look at it twice to decide if it’s something is out of the ordinary or not.

Mounted Deer Photograph by MKMoore Photography

Q. Has your focus always been on digital photography or did you start with the basics in a dark room?
A. I started out with film. I shot for about 20 years doing my own darkroom work before making the switch to digital. When I made the switch it was almost like having to relearn everything. The digital sensors saw the world much differently than film did. I absolutely love working with digital though. I’m definitely not one of those old school types that sit around and whine about the death of film. I do miss Kodachrome though.

Q. What are some of your favorite subjects to photograph?
A. My favorite thing is live music and band portraits and I recently started getting into abandoned building and urban exploration photography thanks to my friend Daniel Overstreet at Abandoned Love Photography.

Record Player Photograph by MKMoore Photography

Q. Who are some of your favorite artists and influences (and what medium do they work in)?
A. My favorite photographer is Lee Miller. She was pretty big in the  Surrealist movement in the late 1920s early 1930s and during World War 2 was one of the first female combat photographers. Her pre-war photos are a huge influence on me, just absolutely brilliant photos. I love the surrealist movement in general but her work is my favorite.

For contemporary photographers I really love Sebastião Salgado’s photos. I’m also influenced pretty heavily by music. Bands like Sigur Rós, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and Mono (Japan) put me in a certain mindset that makes me much more creative and can completely change the look of a photo.

Q. If you were gifted with a limitless income, where do you see your art leading you?
A. I’ve been trying to figure out how to finance a trip to Cambodia to photograph a recently discovered ancient city that’s 500 years older than Angkor Wat. I see that as the ultimate abandoned place photography. I would also love to travel to Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia to photograph the former Yugoslav war monuments. That’s definitely on the bucket list.

Women at Bazaar Consignments by MKMoore PhotographyQ. Where can people purchase your work?
A. Most all of the photos on my website, MKMoore Photography, are available for purchase either directly through the site or by emailing me and we can work out a purchase deal. Locally I have some prints for sale at Bazaar Consignments here in Roanoke.

Q. Tell me something quirky about yourself. (Or something that very few people realize about you.)
A. I briefly played bass in a Ramones cover band and was so bad at it I fired myself before our first show to avoid the embarrassment.

You can view more of Kent’s photographs by visiting his website, MKMoore Photography, or by following Kent on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Pinterest. You can also contact via email through his website.

Photo Credit: All photos © Kent Moore/MKMoore Photography


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Kitchen Inspiration

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My kitchen is currently in that in between stage. You know, where you have Kilz on the walls and are still deciding on paint colors and tiles for a backsplash. Picking a color scheme for the walls and cabinets has not been easy. It’s been months and I’m still undecided. So I thought I might pull a little inspiration from artwork created specifically for a kitchen. This led me to the discovery of artist, Yael Berger, and the shop, The Joy of Color. Here are a few of my favorite watercolor and digital illustration picks that I think would suit any kitchen that needs just touch of whimsey.

Stack of Bowls Art Print for Kitchen Home Decor by The Joy of ColorA Stack of Bowls Digital Illustration via The Joy of Color

Kitchen Utensils Art Print Illustration by The Joy of ColorKitchen Utensils Art Print via The Joy of Color

Orange Study Watercolor Art Print by The Joy of ColorOrange Study No. 2 Watercolor Art Print via The Joy of Color

Where do you get your inspiration for decorating your home from?


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DIY Craft Project Giveaway

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Do you love DIY as much as I do? Then this is one giveaway you will definitely want to enter! Now through October 5th, 2012 you can enter to win 100 5″x7″ premium drawstring cotton muslin bags from State Line Bag Company along with a stamp sheet from designer Claudine Hellmuth!
Premium Drawstring Cotton Muslin Bags from State Line Bag Company - Perfect for DIY Craft Projects
State Line Bag Company is USA company located in Kansas. They manufacture cotton drawstring bags and backpacks. Recently, they launched a new line of bags that are great for craft projects and party favors. These premium drawstring cotton muslin bags are a high quality bag with matching stitching and drawstring – almost like a blank canvas. They can be used for everything from product packaging to wedding favor bags and can be decorated with heat transfers, rubber stamps, fabric paint and more! One lucky winner will receive 100 5″x7″ premium drawstring cotton muslin bags from State Line Bag Company (valued at $30.60) along with a Spring Garden Stamp Sheet from designer, Claudine Hellmuth, pictured below.
Spring Garden Clear Stamp Set from Claudine Hellmuth - DIY Project Ideas
Claudine Hellmuth is a designer and illustrator. She licenses retro whimsical artwork to the craft, home and gift markets. Her client list includes illustration projects with major companies like Smart Car, Capitol Records and publications such as The Saturday Evening Post and she has been featured in The New York Times, appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, HGTV, The DIY Network and on HSN. In addition to the muslin bags from State Line Bag Company, the winner of this contest will also receive one set of Spring Garden clear stamps designed by Claudine Hellmuth (valued at $15.) This 4″x8″ set includes nine adorable clear stamps with whimsical details. You can learn more about Claudine Hellmuth by visiting her website and blog. You can also find her on twitter and facebook. Love her work? Then be sure to check out her shop as well!
This contest is open to USA residents 18 and up. Simply enter via Rafflecopter (below) through a minute after midnight Eastern time October 5th, 2012.

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Truly Free Stock Photography for Bloggers from Lime Lane Photography

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I recently discovered a beautiful new free stock photography website aimed at bloggers called Lime Lane Photography. Created by a photographer and blogger from Australia, Kellie has made many of her stunning photographs available for use as stock photography at no charge to bloggers. While the selection is currently limited, Kellie has plans to add more photographs for use over time. Giving credit for these free stock photos is optional – though it’d be sweet to do so – and they fall under a creative commons license.
limelanephotography
So be sure to head on over to Kellie’s website, Lime Lane Photography, to see all of the terrific images she has to offer. Even if you don’t blog all of Kellie’s photographs are certainly worth a look. In addition Kellie also has a shop where she sells her other photographs. You can find an array of stunning prints, calendars, bookmarks, and even gift kits! Additionally you can follow Kellie on Twitter, Facebook, Google+Pinterest, and Flickr. You’ll also want to check out Kellie’s blog, 74 Lime Lane.
What are some of your favorite sources for free stock photography?

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