Unboxing the NEW Gelli® Student Printing Kit!

We’re so excited about the newGelli Arts® Student Printing Plate Kit!! Watch this video to see the ‘unboxing’ — and a few fun printing ideas!

We know that many of you love Gelli® printing as a family activity
— making art together. It’s always exciting to hear about the special FUN time
you share, printing with kids, grandchildren, family members and friends of all
ages. And to help facilitate those happy times, we’ve put together the
convenient kit you’ve been asking for!

The Student Kit contains a 5˝x5˝ Student Gelli plate, a
brayer, and 2 geometric patterned stencils — designed to kickstart the joy of
monoprinting! Just add your favorite acrylic paint and some copy paper and
you’re good to go! Here’s what’s in the box:

For all of you moms, dads, grandparents and relatives who have
been sharing your Gelli plates with the kids — this Gelli® Kit is the perfect
gift! A Gelli plate, brayer and stencils of their own! And we know that Gelli
printing instills creative confidence in budding artists.

What makes monoprinting with kids so special is that it’s so easy
to do. And easy to clean up. But the big reveal — when the print is
pulled —  is a magical moment!  Always a thrill!

Creating designs in wet paint on a gel plate has endless
possibilities. Gelli printing provides great opportunities for discovering how
colors work together and exploring mark-making.

The process invites a curious and open mind. Just look around —
textures are everywhere!

Some favorites are bubble wrap, jar lids of various sizes
(perfect for circles), pencil erasers, doilies, feathers, leaves, and string. For more great ideas, check out our earlier blog post — Gelli printing with DIY & Found Textures.

Small toy trucks with textured wheel treads — as seen through the
eyes of a Gelli printer — become perfect patterned rollers! So take them for a
test drive!

There’s something so playful about the Gelli Student plate —
you’ll start seeing the printing possibilities in all sorts of small toys! Just
be sure to wash them off before the paint dries 🙂

Look at some of the simple textured toys I found at the dollar store!

Who doesn’t love printing from nature! Leaves are a favorite —
their detailed and delicate textures make the most beautiful ghost prints. And
the shapes create dynamic masks. Nature provides some of the most exciting found
materials for printmaking!

When printing items with fine details, like leaves and feathers —
place them vein-side down into the paint for the best prints. That’s where the
texture is more prominent. You can pull an almost photographic ghost print!

Also, you’ll find that thinner paper is easier to ‘feel’ around
the edges of leaves on the first ‘mask’ prints. That’s when you get the solid
shape. Pulling that first print on an existing print or interesting paper
always looks great. And layering a print with masked leaf shapes creates the
most wonderful abstract quality.

There really are no mistakes! Have a print that isn’t quite there
yet? Print another layer right over it! Or add doodles, or collage. Or cut it
up and use the snippets in various papercrafting projects! Endless uses!

If you like manipulating images in photo-editing software —
nature prints make wonderful subjects! Here are a few prints I Photoshopped to
increase the color saturation. Love those intense vibrant hues!

The paints used in the video demo are DecoArt’s Americana and
Dazzling Metallics. A little bit goes a long way! Mixing metallic colors with
matte colors adds a nice glimmery touch and can add interest to prints.

Cutting copy paper in half gives you a perfect size paper for
printing on the Student Plate! In addition to using copy paper — it’s fun to
use found papers, like old book pages, sheet music and other patterned papers.
Your unique Gelli printed papers are great for any papercrafting project!

A Gelli® Student Gel Printing Plate Kit is like a party in a box!
Open it up and let the fun begin!!

It’s a beautiful thing to give the gift of fun and creativity —
so keep the Gelli Kit in mind for birthday parties and other festive events!
But really, who needs a special occasion? A Gelli printing party makes ANY day


Winner is Art Educator M. Smith!!

One lucky winner will receive a set of THREE Gelli Student Kits —
and the following supplies — ready for a Gelli Printing Party!!! So perfect for
sharing the big WIN!!

The Gelli® Printing Party Pack Prize includes:

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, April 26th at noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced
here on the blog and on our 
Facebook page no later than 
Wednesday, April 27th at noon EST


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!!

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

Luck and Happy Printing!

28 thoughts on “Unboxing the NEW Gelli® Student Printing Kit!”

  1. Wow what a brilliant post, I love those leaf prints. I would love to have a play. Thanks for offering such an amazing prize..I'll keep my fingers crossed x

  2. Awesome as usual! I'll have to steal a few of these ideas for my printmaking children's class on Sat. Thanks!

  3. Awesome as usual! I'll have to steal a few of these ideas for my printmaking children's class on Sat. Thanks!

  4. Excellent, great samples as ever xx Loving those dazzling metallics with those leaves, fabulous detail xxx

  5. Excellent, great samples as ever xx Loving those dazzling metallics with those leaves, fabulous detail xxx

  6. susan berkowitz, slp

    You guys have such great ideas all the time! Wish these had been around when my kids were little. My special ed kids would love these!

  7. I love the idea of your kits. Whether I win or not, I know my grand daughters will enjoy learning and having fun with this, one is 3 and the other is 11. Yes, we're gonna have a party. Love the ideas on the video too.

  8. What a fantastic give away! Thank you for the chance to win and bravo to this whole post……great ideas! I loved reading every word of it and watching the video also. Thank you…….

  9. Wonderful post! This set is exactly what I need to grow my teaching practice. I love gelliprints get and want to get everyone as addicted as I am.

  10. barbara macaskill

    OMG!! As I was reading this post I was trying to decide which of my 3 grandchildren I would share this with if I was lucky enough to win! I was super excited to see that there are THREE Gelli Plates in this awesome giveaway! I wouldn't have to choose who got the prize because they would each have one!! This would be so amazing because I am trying to instill the creative spirit in all of them and Gelli Plate printing is one of the funnest ways to make backgrounds that ROCK! We would make totes and many other fun things using these if we win!!! Thanks so much for the chance to dream of sharing the thrill of Gelli Plate printing with ALL of my sweet grandchildren! Fingers crossed!

  11. Susch a great set! And so much inspiration again! I often start with something I saw here and end up with something completely different 🙂 !

  12. I just love the leaf prints. We will be renting a cabin in the woods this summer and think this would be a great activity for the kids to do!

  13. Wow, I have two daughters and they and they friends love to do crafts. I've never even seen a Gelli plate but love how easy it is for kids to use. Great ideas for using toys and other household products to make patterns.

  14. Mikeys Glitter Girl

    I meant to say on my post above that I have an 8 x 10 and two round ones and am thinking about getting Sophie the student one.

  15. I love following all of the cool things that you can do with the Gelli plates! I just have one problem with your use of terminology. I have noticed the the term 'ghost print' is being used when pulling a print that is made from removing things like leaves from an inked plate and then pulling a print from that. Technically, that is not a 'ghost print' because it is not a second impression of that particular thing. A 'ghost print' comes from a second pull from an already spent plate which I have seen a lot of people do and refer to correctly. If you are going to be teaching students then it is a good thing to get the terms correct.

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