#GelliWave with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates and Johanna Lawson

Wow! Words cannot express how excited I am to be sharing my own
blog post with the Gelli Arts® community. Being a part of the Gelli Arts® Artists
Team has continually pushed me to create more art, and it truly has become a
priority in my daily life. Learning from the other artists (and of course the
entire Gelli Arts® community), has been fun and exciting over the past few months.
Now it is my turn to make a splash! Make sure to check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of my blog!!

this project, I was inspired by the Gelli Arts® August theme – #GelliWave! I decided to create seascapes by masking parts of the Gelli Arts®
5” x 5” plate as I layered and layered all the waves. I used supplies from the Gelli Arts®
Card Printing Kit to create the background of the cards. For a list of all products  used 
for  this  project, 
please  see  the 
materials  section  at 
the  end  of 
the  post. 


Step One –
Create a Spectacular Sky

Gelli Arts® premium acrylic paints Cosmic Blue, Freshwater, and Snowbound, dab each color, spreading and mixing to create a light
blue right on the plate. Use bubblewrap to lift paint and create texture, or
perhaps a cloud stencil over the paint. Apply, burnish, and lift a 5” x 5”
piece of card stock to create the first layer of clouds and sky as a base for the next
layers of the seascape. Using the precut card stock will help you keep it
aligned as you layer.

To make the clouds stand out, start with a solid color background.
Apply white paint to the gel plate, and lay down the cloud stencil. Put the solid
background on top and try to use it to pick up all of the wet paint. Remove the
stencil and use a new paper with a solid blue (or other solid color if you want
to experiment) background to pick up the “negative” of the stencil. This
technique really makes the clouds pop!

Step Two – The Horizon

For the horizon, I decided to go with Cosmic Blue (or a dark blue color). Apply the dark blue paint, then use the straight mask across the
top of the plate. Placement of the mask will depend on how much sky you want to
show. Play around and see what you like best.

Step Three – Make Waves

Using card stock and scissors, cut across the paper in “swoops” to
create different masks for the waves. Then use these masks to block various
sections of the print in order to give each print a wave-like effect. I
recommend alternating from dark to light to dark, etc. as you layer the waves.
Be creative and add some texture with stencils and combs to enrich your


Step Four – Find a Beautiful View

Now it is time to bust out a viewfinder. Find the perfect 4.5” x
4.5” square for your seascape card.

Step Five – Use
Your Prints

This card maker took the finished squares and mounted them
on black paper, then on the 5” x 5” cards that came in the Gelli Arts® Card
Printing Kit. I love the whimsical look of the cards! I suggest adding a ship
or even a shoreline to give it a special touch. If you want to learn the story
behind the design of this card head over to my website: https://smallbatch-cards.com/2018/07/14/batch-no-21/, and find Batch No. 21. It was my Father’s Day batch and a
big hit with dads, sailors, and all those who love the sea!

Be sure to use #GelliWave when you share your own beautiful wave seascapes! You will be entered to win a $100 Gelli Arts® Gift Card in this month’s competition. Hopefully this post will help you get inspired and
think about making some waves of your own!


Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints

   -Cosmic Blue,
Freshwater, and Snowbound

Gelli Arts® 4” Roller

Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Tools – Set of 3

Gelli Arts® 5” x 5” Gel Printing Plate

5” x 5” Blank Cards

Bubble Wrap

White Card Stock

Black Card Stock

Cloud Stencil

Large Bubble Wrap

Double Sided Tape


Get your supplies at http://www.gelliarts.com and use my code for a discount:

Also, check out my Instagram @smallbatchcards

Gelli Arts® Artist Johanna Lawson’s Blog Giveaway

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16 thoughts on “#GelliWave with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates and Johanna Lawson”

    1. the 8×10 is great, however I often like the square plates for my cards. when doing bigger pieces the 12×16 is amazing!

    1. it would work for any plate size, just make your masks bigger. please share the final product – #gelliwave

  1. Very fun & vibrant monochromatic card idea. This might be just the inspiration I need to get printing again!

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