Jumbo Gelli Tags Using Stencils
By Martice Smith II
Hi everyone! Martice Smith here, with a video sharing my favorite 3 ways to add contrast to my work.
Watch me create a bunch of gelli prints and transform them into JUMBO gelli tags, loaded with color, texture, and patterns. Grab your supplies, an art journal and get ready to add make beautiful tags with pops of visual delight!
LINK TO VIDEO > > https://youtu.be/mv5Zk5lH2RY
Here’s a list of stencils I used in the video:
- Pretty as a Peacock by Andrea Matus DeMeng
Supplies + Tools:
- Acrylic paints
- Black modeling paste + palette knife
- White cardstock + scrap paper
- Gelatin plate + rubber brayer
- Assortment of paint pens
- Optional: Paper trimmer, corner rounder
REFERENCE TUTORIAL: Add a spinning color wheel to your art journal
STEP 1 // TRIM PAPER TO SIZE
Trim the cardstock to 8.5 inches x 5.5 inches.
(These jumbo tags fit nice and snuggly in my handmade art journal!)
Round the corners using a corner punch.STEP 2// CREATE GELLI PRINTS LOADED WITH CONTRAST
In the video, I share three different ways you can add contrast to your artwork using:
- Color (complementary)
Adding contrast instantly gives you visual impact, adds drama, and helps make your work memorable.
Shape (and size) are simple ways to add a punch of contrast to your artwork.
In the first example, I used a large stencil designed with a variety of floral-inspired shapes. Some of the organic shapes had flowy curves and the other shapes were more jagged and geometric.
This particular stencil is a great example of how you can use those big, open areas, in contrast, by placing them near smaller elements.
Texture play and exploration is another great way to add contrast. Try creating a print using the grungy, dried up paint that's been left over on your gelli plate.
TIP! Don't worry about cleaning your plate in between pulls. The extra color and texture will transfer onto your next print giving you some really cool, unexpected results!
In the video I also explained how you can use graffiti or your scribbly handwriting as a fun way to play with texture. (If you're familiar with my artwork, you know I love me some graffiti!!)
Contrast with complementary colors is one of my secret weapons! Creating contrast with color is one of the easiest ways to introduce a visual interest in your art.
If you ever get stuck and don't know what color to add, try a complementary color to make things more interesting.
When you're layering the two colors, just make sure the first color is completely dry before introducing the second color. Following this rule will help you prevent muddy colors.STEP 3// ADD MORE LAYERS!
These jumbo gelli tags aren't called JUMBO for nothing!
Go ahead and overload your gelli prints with multiple layers of stenciling, scribbly journaling, and modeling paste scraped through your stencils.
TIP! Immediately rinse off the modeling paste from your stencils before it dries.
I keep a large container of water near my work table so I can just drop the stencil right in there.
Not properly rinsing them off is a surefire way to alter or, permanently destroy, the intricate designs in the stencil.
STEP 4// OPTIONAL: ADD TAGS TO ART JOURNAL WITH WASHI TAPE
Other ways you can use your Jumbo Gelli Journal Tags (whoa! try saying that three times, fast!):
- Tip-ins for your art journal
- Journaling trading cards
- Put them on your vision board
- Collage them into larger paintings
Thanks for visiting us today! I hope you enjoyed my process of creating these super fun and colorful JUMBO tags!
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