Joan Bess

Intaglio-Inspired Printing with Gelli Arts®

See how you can achieve an intaglio effect — without a press! — using a styrofoam printing plate, a ballpoint pen, acrylic paint … and a Gelli® plate! Intaglio (pronounced in-TAL-ee-oh) is a printmaking process using a plate that has been inscribed or etched. Ink is applied to the plate and pushed into the grooves. …

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The Painterly Monotype

One of the many exciting advantages of the Gelli® gel printing plate is how simple it is to create a painterly monotype without a press!  This video shows how to create a painterly monotype using a reference photo under your plate!    Here’s the info … and some tips: 1. Place your reference drawing or …

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Monoprinting in Layers: Step-by-Step

There’s something curious about monoprints created from multiple layers. They draw you in — inviting a closer look to decipher “how” they were created. Watching this video will demystify the process! Here we go, layer by layer… so easy! TIP: To get an approximate registration when printing consecutive layers … Place your Gelli® plate on …

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Watch Your Back!

In my last blog post I talked about using different media to add color to Gelli® prints that aren’t quite “there yet”. What I didn’t mention is that there’s “another side” to the story. Literally! Back of overdyed Gelli® Print On a number of prints, where the print surface was saturated with dye, the color …

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When Gelli® Meets MagicStamps™

… good things happen. (including a giveaway!) Maybe you’ve already discovered some of the amazing things you can do with MagicStamp™ moldable foam stamps. Such great stuff! But if you haven’t explored the design potential in these versatile blocks — you’re in for a ton of fun using them to create your own unique patterned …

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Something Borrowed

Do you love old paper — fragile book pages, vintage maps, crumbling sheet music, brittle newspaper — and such? And how about flimsy tissue paper — and delicate Japanese papers? They can add character, texture, dimension and intrinsic meaning to artwork. But if you want to monoprint on these papers, you’ll find they might not …

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Who Was That Masked Man?

He’s a shape I cut out — and he’s one of my favorite images to use as a mask in my Gelli® monotypes.  In fact, I like him so much I’ve cloned him Using masks is an ideal way to create interesting imagery, focal points and repetitions in your Gelli® prints. A perfect tool for …

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Gild the Gelli®

To “gild the lily” is to unnecessarily add adornment to something that is already beautiful and perfect. Simply put, you’re overdoing it.   To gild the Gelli® … Well, that’s a different story!!! More is more! Let’s glitz it up!   There are lots of ways to add a sparkly metallic touch to your Gelli® …

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