Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beautiful Image Transfers on Gelli® Printed Backgrounds!

Hello everyone! My name is Birgit Koopsen and I feel honored to be guest blogging here on the Gelli Arts blog!

Today I will show you how to use your Gelli® printed backgrounds for beautiful, colorful image transfers. 

Watch my video to get started — written instructions are below!


We start by printing a bunch of backgrounds using an 8x10 Gelli® printing plate

First, pick your colors.
If you want bright and vibrant colors (like on my prints) then stay away from dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green and so on. Add in one or 2 neon colors for extra vibrancy.


Then, decide which tools you want to use to create marks, patterns and texture.
I went to the DIY store and got myself one of those fluffy paint rollers, big enough to hold the tube of a toilet paper roll. Then I covered toilet roll tubes with bubble wrap, punchanella and pieces of self-adhesive craft foam. These are perfect to create ongoing patterns on the Gelli® plate and so much fun to make! I also used the inside of a chocolate box and I just love the square grid that it creates on my prints. In addition to these, I used stencils and a texture plate from CarabelleStudio.


Now you are ready to start printing, and you know how it is when you start Gelli® printing, right?! It is impossible to make just one print so make sure you have a nice stack of paper on hand ☺

I’m using 200gr. cold press watercolor paper which I think is the perfect paper to do image transfers on.

Just create a bunch of random colorful backgrounds, start with color only, no patterns yet. I usually start with covering my backgrounds with 2 or 3 light colors like yellow, pink and orange and then later add patterns in darker colors, this way you will keep the light colors vibrant.

If you would, for instance, print a translucent yellow on top of a darker blue or green then it will lose the vibrancy. Then, once I have a nice stack of printed papers, I move on to doing patterns, marks, and texture, but I make sure to leave some spaces open for the image transfers. Especially when you do portraits — it is not always nice to have bold patterns in the face.

The pictures below show the fun results of using the handmade texture rolls and the chocolate box:






I love using stencils on my prints, but in general not in the first layer of print. To create the look on the picture below I add paint to the Gelli® plate, put a stencil on top and then make a print (usually on scrap paper) to remove most of the paint that is in the open spaces of the stencil, but not all of it. Then I remove the stencil and pull the final print on my background.





To create the image transfer you need laser prints or photo copies (inkjet does not work well with this technique), gel medium (I prefer Liquitex Matte Medium because it is so fluid and smooth and easy to work with), a soft brush, a bank or gift card, paper towels, baby wipes, a bowl of water and of course your beautiful Gelli® prints.





Steps for Image Transfer:
  1. Pick one of your favorite backgrounds.
  2. Cut out the picture you want to use.
  3. Apply a thin layer of matte medium to both the background and the right side of the picture
  4. Place the picture, right side down on the background.
  5. Use the bank card to remove any excess matte medium and air bubbles from the picture
  6. Let it dry..... (patience!)
  7. Once the background is dry, use water and your fingers to rub away all the paper
  8. Finally, cover the image with a thin layer of matte medium
Watch the video again to see the process, it is really not that complicated!

When the image transfer is done, you can work on your page as on any other art journal page. You can stamp, paint, draw and write on it. The transfer is water resistant so you can use whatever medium you like.

I finished my page using stamps from the “Round and Round” set that I designed for Carabelle Studio, splattering and some handwritten text.

I stamped the circles on a separate Gelli® print and cut them out, then glued them to my page.




THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Our Winner is T. Dickson!
Check out our fabulous giveaway! 
One lucky winner will win all the following supplies 
to try this technique on their own!

          • (1) 8x10 Gelli Printing Plate
          • (1) Speedball 4" soft rubber brayer
          • (1) Jar of Liquitex Matte Medium
          • (1) Amsterdam Standard Series Acrylics, Set of 24 20ML 
          • (1) Carabelle Round on Round Stamp designed by Birgit Koopsen
          • (1) Carabelle Triangle Mesh Mask designed by Birgit Koopsen
          • (1) Carabelle Texture Plate
          • (1) Carabelle Circles Mask
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, May 24th 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, May 25th at noon EST. 


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see what you create!

Birgit x

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


Happy Printing from all of us at Gelli Arts!

53 comments:

  1. Such a great tutorial! I love all the fun bright colours.

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  2. wow great video will have to try this

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  3. Love Birgit's art! She's one of my favorite teachers! CU next weekend :-). So glad she made a video of this technique! Thank you Birgit!!!

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  4. Great tutorial. Love how the finished project looks, especially the black and white image transfer against the warm colours of the background

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  5. OMG!! THANK YOU Birgit!!!! Love, Love, love your stile and your works!!!
    Thanks, thanks!!!!!!!

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  6. OMG!! THANK YOU Birgit!!!! Love, Love, love your stile and your works!!!
    Thanks, thanks!!!!!!!

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  7. Fabulous techniques and results! Would love to win the crafty supplies too...

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  8. Thank you Birgit !
    love your stile and your works <3
    corinne de france

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  9. Really great video!! Thank you!!

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  10. thanks for the tuto I'll definitely try it out

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  11. So glad you posted this tutorial!! Love it!

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  12. Thank you for the tutorial and written instructions!

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  13. That is awesome and fabulous and so much more! Thanks for sharing the video and written tutorial too. I really want to try this now Karen

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  14. Great technique. I love image transfer but never thought of doing it on a gelli print. Can't wait to try it out.

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  15. OMG! This is so awesome! LOVE the tip about the paint roller and toilet paper rolls!! I knew I saved them for a good reason and know now what that is!!! Can't wait to give this a try!! Keeping my fingers crossed that I see my name this time around so I can get started sooner than later!! Image transferring sounds like a great way to "scrapbook" without actually scrapping!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE TUTORIAL!!

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  16. love the tutorial and end result is gorgeous

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  17. I always love watching your videos - they are absolutely the best! Lots of good ideas every time.

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  18. Fabulous work and I can't wait to try this!

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  19. This is fantastic!! I am definitely going to try this! thanks so much for sharing!

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  20. Love the tutorial and especially the products. Is Carabelle available in the USA? Can I order from the website???

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  21. Great tutorial, never thought to use the roller with toilet paper tubes...thank you!

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  22. Really loved this idea and techniques, especially for textures on a roller. If you reverse/mirror the photo before printing, it will transfer "right way" around on your print.

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  23. Really loved this idea and techniques, especially for textures on a roller. If you reverse/mirror the photo before printing, it will transfer "right way" around on your print.

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  24. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What a great idea to use the small paint roller and a toilet tube!
    Brilliant! Thanks so much : )

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  26. I love this video! Will definitely be trying this.

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  27. Wow! An amazing technique Birgit and would never have know you could transfer images like that! The results are so colourful and look fabulous.
    Thank you so much for sharing such a fun technique.
    Fliss xx

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  28. Fabulous projects Birgit and I love your techniques. I haven't ever seen the textures from Carabelle before (my bank manager will be most upset!) can't wait to try this out. Thank you, Denyse x

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  29. Thank you Brigit for the tips and inspiration! beautiful samples!

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  30. What a great tutorial and idea! Love it!

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  31. Muchas gracias por este video tan altamente inspirador! thank so much!

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  32. Great tutorial
    I have a question - you say that the picture needs to be a laser copy. Would a photocopy work as well please

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    1. I have the same question! Did you ever find out???

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  33. I love image transfers. I think it looks awesome on the gelli prints with those colors. Johanne Lacombe

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  34. Great tutorial
    I have a question - you say that the picture needs to be a laser copy. Would a photocopy work as well please

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  35. Bedankt voor je tutorial. Wat kan je toch leuke dingen doen met een gelli plate. Ik heb ooit eens zelf gemaakt, maar was niet zo'n succes. Dus krijg nu wel de kriebels als ik de video van jou zie.

    Bedankt voor het delen en bedankt voor de kans om deze give away te winnen ... zal helemaal fantastisch zijn.

    Gr. Kethy

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  36. Hi Birgit, I loved the video, thank you for the tutorial, your prints look fascinating, and the image transfer looks so very effective, what a fantastic technique !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  37. wow this is so cool....now to copy some photos. Thanks for sharing

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  38. What a great project! I would have never thought you could do both image transfer and geliprinting together with such stunning results! I absolutely love the colors used in your projects!

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  39. Wow i love this. Your idea for changing background is fabulous. The colors and patterns used in this very bright and attractive. i also try this for my pictures.
    PrintWiz

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  40. This looks like a wonderful technique to try. I am happy that I stumbled across you, looking forward to more of your posts.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  41. This was so cool to see. Nice presentation, Birgit and of course love the Gelli ideas and products Joan

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  42. Thank you for such detailed instruction step by step. It looks so creative. Wonderful rich colors!

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