Elephant Canvas
Elephant and Friends Canvas

Kathy here today to share an oops that turned into a cool technique! I was playing with the Gel Plate and alcohol inks recently and accidentally let the ink dry on the Plate. I know that adding a layer of heavy body paint will pick up dried paint layers on the plate but wasn’t sure if it would work with alcohol inks because they are so thin. It turns out that it’s a great way to make layered prints! Let me show you how I made the background and the woodgrain paper tree in my canvas using this technique.

Supplies

12″ x 14″ Gel Press® Plate

Brayer

Alcohol Inks

Acrylic Paints

12″ x 12″ Stencil

Deli Paper

10″ x 10″ Canvas

Leaf Stencils

Modeling Paste

Matte Medium

Elephant Stamp

Insect Stamps

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Supplies
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Alcohol Inks

Tutorial

Using the large format Gel Plate allows me to fill a 12″ x 10″ piece of deli paper with pattern in one pull.  I love printing on deli paper because it makes a great background for a canvas.  Place the stencil onto the plate.

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Stencil on Plate

Add drops of alcohol ink in 2 or 3 colors and lightly brayer to spread the ink into the stencil openings.

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Adding Inks

Remove the stencil and let the ink dry on the plate.

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Dried Alcohol Inks on Plate

Once the ink is dry, add light colored heavy body paints and brayer to cover the plate with a thin coat.  Add a bit of shimmery metallic paint for an extra sparkle.

Adding Paint
Adding Paint

Place a fresh piece of deli paper on the plate and burnish with your hand.  Wait about 1 minute and check the edge to see if the mediums are releasing from the plate.

Deli Paper
Deli Paper

I pulled several prints, experimenting with different color combinations and love how these two prints turned out.

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Prints

I’ve created a short video that shows how I created the woodgrain patterned paper using this technique.

Woodgrain Gel Print
Woodgrain Gel Print

 

I used Natalie Kalbach’s Elephant Stamp Set that includes a two-sided foam stamp, a rubber stamp and a small stencil.  I stamped the flat (no pattern) side of the foam stamp with black paint then added pattern by over stamping with purple paint using the rubber stamp.  Then I had fun embellishing the elephant with paint and gel pens.

Creating the Elephant
Creating the Elephant

A bit of fussy cutting, and I was ready to put the canvas together.  Hand cut a tree to fit the canvas. Use matte medium to glue the printed deli paper and tree to the canvas.

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Putting it all together

Mix molding paste and green paint together and spread it through the leaf stencils.  Let dry.  Glue the elephant to the canvas.  To integrate the elephant into the painting, add more leaves around the bottom.

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Adding Greenery

I decided to add some critters to keep the elephant company.  Stamp the insect and bird stamps on leftover deli paper, rough cut them out and glue them to the canvas with matte medium.

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Adding Critters

See how the deli paper disappears and only the stamped image is visible? I love using deli paper for this very reason!

Elephant Canvas Detail
Elephant Canvas Detail

I also outlined random background shapes with a gold paint marker and did some shading with a Pitt marker around the tree, elephant and leaves.

Elephant Canvas
Elephant and Friends Canvas
Elephant and Friends Canvas
Elephant and Friends Canvas

Thank you for visiting the blog today and I hope that alcohol inks become a staple with your gel printing supplies.  The reason why we do this blog is to inspire you, so don’t be shy! Share your creations on our Facebook Group, Gel Press Junkies.  We would love to see what you make using the Gel Press® Plate!

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For more inspiration from Kathy, check out her art on Pinterest and more videos on Pinterest.  She would love it if you followed her on Instagram and subscribe to her YouTube channel. 

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