Awesome NEW Gelli Arts® Printing Tools!!!

Sometimes bigger IS better! That’s exactly what we discovered
while developing our dream for the fabulous NEW Gelli® combs! Watch this video
and see our Great Big Gelli® Combs in action!

It’s a THRILL to introduce Gelli Art’s® first mark-making tools! Our
goal has been to develop fun tools that enhance the Gelli Arts® printing experience — and
we came up with these two sets of BIG combs. I love, love, LOVE them!!! All of
us at Gelli Arts® do! And we know you’ll love using them as much as we do!

Each set contains three combs — each with a
different edge producing a different mark. They work beautifully together for
creating a huge range of striped patterns and swirly marks, depending how you
apply them. Lots of mark-making to explore!

One set has squared ‘teeth’.

The other set has rounded ‘teeth’.

Swiping a comb through paint is intuitive and easy — and
watching amazing patterns emerge is mesmerizing! There’s so much variation in
the patterns you can create with these large combs. Pulling combed prints is as
addictive as it gets — start combing patterns in the paint
and you’re in the flow! Such FUN! Just look at some of the possibilities!

To create a great print in one layer, try this:

  1. Apply more than one color to your Gelli® plate and roll into a smooth layer with a brayer.
  2. Comb through paint in one direction.
  3. Using a different comb — swipe in another direction. You’ll see the dimensional result, as one pattern appears on top of another. It’s fascinating!!

An easy way to create dynamic prints is to layer combed images.
It never fails! The trick is to create a contrast in color and value in the
layers. If you don’t love the image you have — once your print is
dry — print another combed layer over it. You can do this over and
over on the same print — with the creative use of opaque colors
or metallic paint — and end up with amazing, complex

There’s usually enough wet paint left over on the plate, and you
may find you’ll have lots of second and even third pulls of combed prints. So
keep layering!! It’s so much fun to watch a print evolve this way from layers
and layers of ghost prints!

You’ll get beautiful color blends by applying several colors to
your Gelli® plate and combing through them. Using analogous colors (next to each
other on the color wheel) helps keep your colors clean and avoids making muddy
mixtures. But there are NO RULES! Here’s an example of a multicolor print
created with complementary colors (opposites on the color wheel) — and
no mud 🙂 Just use a light touch and take care not to over-blend complementary
colors with your brayer.

All of the paint used in the video and in the prints shown here
are Liquitex® Basic and Liquitex® Professional Acrylic Color Soft Body. The colors
are vibrant and the paint viscosity is wonderful for combing. As a plus, you
can usually get a great ghost print (second pull) as well — and
sometimes a third!

After you’ve pulled two or three prints from the plate, there’s
often a thin layer of residual paint remaining on the plate. It’s too dry to
print at this point. But don’t clean your plate! The dry paint will come up in
the next combed print you pull! (I find this technique works best after the
third pull) Simply apply fresh paint right over the dried paint on your plate,
comb your design — and pull your print. Magical!

The ghost print after that first interesting print is often
another great print. The negative space is usually free of paint in this pull — creating
a great opportunity to work back into the negative space. For ideas on how to
do that — take a look at this older blog post

If you’re wondering if a single color produces interesting
combed prints — the answer is YES! In fact, some of my favorite prints are
done using black paint, resulting in beautiful movement with a lovely tonal

Aside from making amazing prints, these combs are sturdy and
flexible — optimized for working on a Gelli® plate. They’re comfortable
to hold and use. And they’re so easy to clean!

While we designed the Gelli® combs primarily for Gelli Arts® printing,
you’ll find they’re perfect for any paint or medium application where you want to create
interesting patterns! So keep them handy while you prepare a surface with gesso
or molding paste — or for applying paint on your favorite
substrate. Instant texture and pattern!!

Here I’ve added some textured sand paste with a palette knife
and scraped texture into it with a Gelli® comb!

Using combs is a subtractive process — and that means
you’re removing paint from the Gelli® plate to create your image. That also
means you have a build-up of wet paint on your combs — so you’ll want to
have paper or other substrate handy for wiping off that paint and creating more
fabulous marks!

What a great way to start an abstract painting!! Be free and go
with the flow!


Eager to try our new Printing


Winner is Lori W.


    One lucky winner will receive our prize kit including:

    • 1 – 8″x10″ Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate 
    • 1 – Set of Round Edge Gelli® Printing Tools (3 combs) 
    • 1 – Set of Square Edge Gelli® Printing Tools (3 combs)   
    • 1 – Liquitex® Acrylic Painting Setincludes: 
      • 12 Tubes of Heavy Body Acrylic Artist Colors 0.75 oz., 
      • 1 Tube Titanium White 2 fluid oz., 
      • 1 Tube Gloss Gel Medium 2 fluid oz., 
      • 1 Palette Knife & 2 Brushes!!

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 Tuesday, August 25th at noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later thanWednesday, August 26th at noon EST.



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

Special thanks to Liquitex® for generously donating their wonderful Acrylic Painting set!

Good Luck
and Happy Printing!

Materials Used in Today’s Blog:

8×10″ Gelli Arts®

Printing Plate

‘Square’ Gelli®

Texture Comb

‘Round’ Gelli®

Texture Comb

Liquitex® Basic


Liquitex® Professional

Acrylic Soft Body

Liquitex® Natural

Sand Texture Gel

Liquitex® Freestyle

Palette Knife

86 thoughts on “Awesome NEW Gelli Arts® Printing Tools!!!”

  1. Your prints are beautiful; they make me wish I could 'Gelli" EVERYDAY. I am addicted to doing the "Gelli".

  2. wow new tools for geli printing how much fun that would be!!!! Thankyou for the chance and I love liquitex watercolors acrylics brushes and products!!!

  3. WOW! I love your videos and the new tools are amazing. Please enter me in the drawing as I would love to have a Gelli of my own.

  4. The video was so stimulating! I want to experiment with this technique on plain muslin fabric… Cut the resulting pieces apart and sew them back together for a fabulous art quilt!

  5. What a fab product so useable not just on your gelli plate but on all crafts with paints, inks and other of the like. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. These will work much more smoothly than the art combs I've made myself. I enjoy the freedom of the Gelli Plate. My grandchildren always want to use it, too. They will enjoy these new tools, too.

  7. Those tools look great! Looking forward to do more printing (and using); I spent hours playing around with such beautiful designs as a result… Thanks for the video; great to see so much inspiration! Have a colourfull week!

  8. Wow! What a stunning array of artwork Joan and the tools give totally amazing effects.
    Thanks for sharing and for the chance at the giveaway too.
    Fliss x

  9. Awesome 😀 More amazing ways to create with our Gellis! Love the prize and LOVE the new combs 🙂 Can't wait for them to arrive in my shop so I can play!

  10. sewzallsquirrels

    Another cool batch of products! I have been waiting for someone to make something like this for a long time.
    Thank you very much for cool stuff and great giveaways.

  11. Just amazing the striped patterns and swirly marks you achieved and the blending of colors.
    This is a great idea!!!! Thank You!

  12. Thank you for your generous giveaway opportunity to win some amazing goodies. Thanks too for the great video on how to use your new combs. They looks awesome and super fun to use.

  13. Vickie Wheatley

    Can't wait to get started with Gelli Plate printing. I've watched lots of videos and have most of the supplies, but haven't chosen my paint yet and the combs look fabulous!

  14. My cousin and brother in law have started a business that they are both very excited about. They are wanting to make some business cards to hand out at shows and stuff, but they don't have a ton of money to print them up. This has some good points on cheap printing that I think can help them find what they are looking for.

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