Gel Printing Everyday Challenge 2019 Prompts 10, 11 & 12

Gel Printing Everyday Challenge 2019 Prompts 10, 11 & 12

hello everyone its Shel C from PaperOcotilloStudio and today I’m sharing with you prompts 10 11 and 12 from the
gel printing everyday Instagram challenge from Birgit Koopsen as well
as Gelli Arts. So prompt 10 was printing with pigment inks pigment inks are a
sticky kind of oily ink that it was in the past predominantly used for a couple
different things one of them is embossing because it’s sticky
you can put powder on it and then emboss and do heat embossing with it whether
it’s with a clear or a metallic or a color whatever that’s the kind of ink
that you would use to do heat embossing another thing that it was used for
pretty pretty predominantly for a while was scrapbooking because if you wanted
to stamp in your scrapbooks and you wanted it to be archival and acid-free
and long lasting non fading they need would use the pigment ink because it was
a lot more archival and doesn’t fade as fast so I have this box of small ink
pads I also have the large in pens but I hardly ever use these things I was never
particularly fond of pigment ink when I was a Stampin Up demonstrator it takes
too long to dry that was the thing that bothered me about it you just kind of
have to set it aside to dry but with the gel plate it’s still sticky
you could still emboss with it but it does make kind of interesting sort of
soft focus prints like they’re not as intense as the acrylic paint you can use
it with stencils like you can see me doing here you can use it direct to the
plate from the ink pad you could prayer it one thing that does not work however
you know a common way that I print that you see me
print is to put a bunch of stuff on the plate and then pick it up with a layer a
very thin layer of acrylic paint well pigment ink resists acrylic paint
because it’s oily its sticky its I don’t know exactly what’s in it but somehow
it’s got a resist property to it so that being said you can’t pick it up with
paint you just need to wipe it off once you’re done using it and you know pick
it up with paper the whole picking up the entire layer with a thin layer of
paint like I like to do it doesn’t work with pigment ink it’s not that’s not
what it’s for in fact I could probably develop some
sort of resist technique using the pigment ink to resist maybe on the plate
but the thing is it will never dry it will I mean maybe in five years it might
dry on the plate I don’t know but it’s not gonna dry on the plate what I did
want to try out which I didn’t have time for I’m so busy this month it’s so crazy
this month I have so many things I have to do on top of you know life things
with infusion centers and and all that type of stuff too and then trying to get
all these hops done and all these different things so I didn’t get a
chance to just sit there and emboss with it I think it would be fun to use some
of the cool new embossing powders that are out these days to make all kinds of
textures and interesting things a lot of them you know designed by self after or
some of those type of people with Emerald Creek it would be fun to just
sit there and print an embossed print and emboss print and emboss and you can
definitely absolutely do that with this pigment ink printing it would be fun it
would be you could make it a whole really cool kind of grungy textured
background with it be messy as heck you’d have embossing powder all over the
place but it would be fun but I just I didn’t have time to to demonstrate that
to you if you do do it then maybe post over in art joy of sharing so that we
can see what you did with embossing powder can
with the pigment inks but it won’t be me doing it unless it’s a so some other
months maybe I’ll try it so the little teeny tiny pigment ink pads I have from
Stampin Up are old and I do have a few reinkers and I did rink that brown when
it’s you can see how much brighter it is but they still work but they’re a lot
lighter and I’m trying different types of papers as I’m going through here I’ve
got some smooth cardstock i’ve got regular paper from the printer you know
just cheap text weight paper and i have even a piece of watercolor paper that
was cut down to size I’m just using my six by six in my three by five or
whatever that one I still haven’t figured out what size that one is anyway
the smaller pads to do this I don’t need a whole bunch of big giant sheets of
this paper to use so it’s not a problem I did make some impressions with
different things like the textured wallpaper turned out pretty cool that
last one I just showed you with the kind of plant looking things that’s textured
wallpaper using that to make an impression
I used a stencil a couple times this time I just use the ink pet the little
tiny square ink pads to make a pattern a repeat pattern and I’m just messing
around the other pads that I have the yellow and blue and orange ones that I
have that are super juicy that you’ll see me using in a bit I just got those
as a gift from stencil girl products they were sent to us color box the
company that makes them I guess is going out of business which is kind of sad
they’re they’re a craft standard they’ve been around forever so I’m not sure I
mean I’m sure these pads are still available somewhere but I know they’re
not going to be manufactured anymore but these are super juicy and see how they
make such a nice kind of spongy looking impression and I think that’s because
the pad itself is really kind of a sponge if you if you you know touch it
it’s it’s like a sponge like a dense foam sponge is what
this ink is delivered in the pad so when of course you put that type of texture
onto the plate it makes the texture so they kind of look soft focus is what I
is the way I think they look but doing them direct to the patentee their plate
like that was pretty fun also I used a piece of watercolor paper to pick it up
on these more juicy ones because I thought it would dry faster the
watercolor paper is more absorbent but the one on the left here is different
than the one on the right and the reason is that the one on the right is the
watercolor paper and the one on the left is regular cardstock a smooth cardstock
so it does change the effect that it has dependent upon the paper because the
watercolor paper is more porous it’s also more absorbent but it is you know
it’s got a texture to it so you’re getting the texture of the foam pad on
the plate plus the texture of the paper in addition so then I got out some of
those little carved fun foam stamps that I made the other day because they were
just right there under the desk in a plastic box and I decided to play with
those with the pigment inks stamping them onto the plates to make texture and
that was pretty fun they worked they worked good with the pigment inks so I
think my favorite prints are the ones that I did here at the end with the
little stamps that’s on the watercolor paper and then this one is the smooth
cardstock you will get this ink all over yourself it’s sticky and wet and juicy
it gets on your hands it gets everywhere but of course paint us too so what’s the
difference not much so here’s the the very last one
is the one that I did where I put a little bit embossing powder on I should
have put a detail or just a regular embossing powder what I had next to me
on the table is that big giant container of the thick Ultra second bossing powder
and so wow what a mess I thought oh I’m gonna do some embossing and I dumped
that stuff on there and then when I went to use the heat tool it blew all over my
desk it got all over the plates it got all over everything on my desk it was a
huge mess so then after that I gave up but this does give you that idea that
you could do it it does stick to the printed piece maybe if I’d use the lower
pressure you know the heated tool but man I got that stuff all over the place
that’s the thing I always hated about embossing powder but it does make a cool
effect and it could be really fun I should do it sometime in the future
maybe I’ll make myself a note yeah I’ll make myself a note so there’s a close-up
of some of the prints the next prompt was multiple layers now there’s a couple
of different ways you can do multiple layers you could do a print and then set
it aside put some more some more paint on and do another print set it aside and
build up your layers that way but what I prefer to just build up the layers on
the plate that’s I enjoy that that’s how I print anyway so I’m using to start out
with a little foam brayer it’s something you can buy I got them on Amazon but
there I’m sure available in that Home Depot or the you know the store where
you would buy paints and things I think that they’re probably designed for that
but easy to use puts a little bit of a layer on the plate in a different way
than a regular soft rubber brayer does so all I’m doing is I’m building up
colors started with my light colors moving to a little bit of darker colors
putting on some texture using rubber stamps and I think in this one I use the
sequin waste and just building and building and building the thing that you
need to remember when you’re doing this is that whatever is on the bottom what
everything is whatever is the first thing you put on there before you put
other layers on is going to show on the top
so you’re making a reverse image so that’s why I start with lighter colors
and work to darker colors because I want the lighter colors to be on the top
layers or else they’re not going to show the darker things are just gonna cover
them up of course there are situations where you would want to do that so you
know it’s not a hard and fast rule it’s just something you need to think about
as you’re building the layers onto the plate that one already had a bunch of
old paint on it which was dark and so it looks different than the other one but I
and I didn’t put as much different layers on the small plate as I did on
the large plate I’m messing around with multiple plates
which I often do because I’m letting the layers get getting dry in between so I
can play with the 6×6 while I’m waiting for that top layer of that 12 by 12 to
dry so that’s the reason that I have see that’s all that paint I picked up all
that dirty leftover paint makes an interesting print so here’s a
multi-layer print with lots of different layers of paints and colors and textures
on the plate so I decided to start another one it was pretty fun I liked it
this time I brought in some alcohol inks and I started out with some titanium
white paint and then I put on some alcohol ink
people always fuss you know oh is that alcohol ink and stain your plate oh is
that whatever gonna stain your plate look at the one on the right here
this 6×6 it looks gross right it looks nasty well it’s it it has changed color
over time it’s one of my oldest plates it is yellowed itself which has nothing
to do with anything that I better ever put on it I don’t care if my plate is
stained I don’t I mean you can clean it up with hand sanitizer and with baby oil
to condition it and clean stuff off and sometimes you have to do that because
whatever is there it keeps coming up in your print but overall a gel plate
is a tool it’s just a tool people it’s a tool to apply paint and so if you don’t
care if your hammer is rusty and if you don’t care if your shovel has dirt on it
then you should not care if your gel plate is stained it’s just it’s
irrelevant it’s just doesn’t even matter so with the big one I picked my last
layer I picked up is with a gray paint and that’s the reason it looks so great
out his literally gray paint I think it looks cool I think it kind of looks like
a drop cloth or something from the 80s where they wear that was so popular –
splash colors bright colors onto things I don’t know why that was popular but it
was there for a while in the 80s but the second one I picked up with light blue
paint and then I cannot remember what color I put on the top it must have been
white I think it was white and that was onto black cardstock so you see you get
a different look depending on what your pick up layer color is what your paper
underneath color is on that when I just used it to clean out a stencil because
now I’m gonna do it with some stencils that’s a stencil girl’s stencil in fact
all these are stencil girl stencils so then I’m just going to apply some paint
in different layers through the stencils because you can certainly do that to get
pattern it’s fun I think that this print that I’m building up right now on the
6×6 turned out to be my favorite of these multiple layer prints that I made
put a little bit of alcohol ink on that one and some gold alcohol ink gold
metallic and then I use a stencil and picked up some of the the paint off of
it through the stencil and then I ended up using red paint has my final layer to
pick everything up with my fin pick up layer and it just it turned out really
cool at least I think so I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with that print you
know I don’t know what I’m gonna do with any of these probably use them for
collage most like but I like the way that six-by-six
turned out in the end so that is making multiple layers on your gel plate prompt
11 I think isn’t that cool I think that’s really
cool I like it interesting patterns and shapes and stuff in it I liked that one
the best but you just never know prompt 12 was repeat patterns the easiest way
to make a repeat pattern of course would be the stencil because a lot of stencils
have repeat patterns on them like this my favorite stencil from the stencil
girl which is I think called brick and mortar or mortar something and then this
other thing that I’m using to make a repeat pattern on the right hand side is
a stamp it’s from Stampin Up it’s a Harlequin
stamp I also have a stencil that looks similar to that but I couldn’t find it
so I just used the stamp so I used the stamp to remove paint off of the plate
so I put the layer plate on put the stamp layer of paint on and put the
stamp on lifted it up and removed the paint to get the pattern because rubber
stamps are similar to acrylic paint and the paint sticks to it which is why you
need to clean your rubber stamps right away when you’re using them with acrylic
paint so then I put some bright colors on I removed the stencil and on the
other one I just put paint right over the top of it and use some black paper
because it’ll give a different look there was so much paint on these the
stencil had a bunch of paint so you can see I made it print with the stencil on
my scratch paper but isn’t that pretty that’s that’s one of my favorite things
to do is to leave the black underneath and then put bright colors in between
and I have have a whole video of just about that so then for my second ghost
print because I had so much paint on there I was able to take a second print
using a layer of white paint to lift it so I got two different looks which are
both cool both cool because there was just a lot of paint
more paint than I normally put my I guess I was feeling heavy-handed was I
squeezed I don’t know so other repeat patterns decided to make
some without stencils I’ve got bubble wrap which has a repeat
pattern of circles on there and I’ve got this packaging which is like little it’s
a bubble pack had buttons or something in it and then it had a card on the back
and so they could rattle around in there I’ve got a health handmade stamp and I
just stamped some little swirlies down in a line
I love the effect that that packaging has I like those rectangles stepped-up
rectangles I also used a card to just kind of scratch along and make a little
line here’s a spool these are just things I was using the other day and
they were still out so I have so many DIY mark making tools under my desk I
need to organize them better and again I put way too much paint I was having a
heavy hand a day way too much white paint on there way too much you needed a
little thin thin layer to lift but in this case I got two prints out of each
one so it was fine so there’s the repeat pattern of the spools and then I’ve got
the other one coming up I hope you’re enjoying this video if you are please
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never said that you should just keep watching but just watch one that has a
million views so I picked those two up and I’m going to do a little bit more
repeat patterns with some stamps just to finish up these ideas of repeat patterns
you can repeat patterns with any type of mark making tool a car to stamp packaging anything the whole whole idea
is just to repeat the pattern I don’t you know there’s that’s not that’s not
really a technique okay it’s just it’s just an idea
people find repeat patterns humans find repeat patterns very pleasing we really
do we like it we like symmetry and you know repetition and things that are that
line up with each other it makes it makes a human brain happy that’s just I
think hardwired in our DNA in fact it’s hard to fight it if you’re trying to
make a random pattern it’s very difficult if you ever really try to be
random not an easy thing to do so I picked up the one on the left with brown
which kind of turned out cool and I picked up the one on the right with a
Naples yellow so you can see that light pink rectangles on there so that is it
for me here’s a few close-ups and I’ll see you later bye bye

25 thoughts on “Gel Printing Everyday Challenge 2019 Prompts 10, 11 & 12

  1. so when i end my night watching my favorite video i do them harm – well that's just not right – thank you for telling us Shel – well another wonderful gel printing video – i must try the black with the brights on top – will go watch that video after this – hugs to you xx

  2. Thanks, Shel. Lots of awesome prints! I try hard not to be so symmetrical always, however, it is not easy to go against the hard wiring. Lol. 🥰

  3. Shel, you are so talented with your Gel plates. You got some lovely results, especially with the repeat prints. Thanks for sharing.the

  4. Hi Shel – Thank so much for all you do and share with us. I'm so glad you talked about pigment inks. I gave up on them after I unwittingly used them on a glossy card stock background of alcohol inks. The pigment ink NEVER dried! (Okay, so that was 10 years ago – so maybe it has dried by now.) I'm not going to consciously buy pigment inks again, but I have indeed learned to use the right tool for the job at hand.

  5. Thanks for sharing. Love the prints you got. The one with the swirls is my favorite. Thanks for inspiring me to get out my gel plate.

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