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A Colorful Gelli Print Party


I have so much fun when I art with friends, in person or on the net.  That is how Artsy Fartsy Friendly Fun got started!  While working on this week’s Artsy Fartsy challenge I was struck by how much fun I was having with my Gelli Plate.  I have heard from little elves that a few people might be getting one from the jolly man in a red suit so why not plan a time to play?  Come and join me for a play day or two at my Colorful Gelli Print Party!

Everyone is welcome!  The party begins Jan. 1st so we can kick off 2013 with lots of color and creativity!  Jan. 1st through Jan. 7th, each day I will have a new Gelli plate post!  The best part will be a link party so we can all see what each other is making with their Gelli Plates! All Gelli creations are welcome!

Now, on to the art that was sparked by the Gelli plate!   Every Artsy Fartsy has 3 elements that must be incorporated some how.  This time it was a Santa, a non-traditional color scheme, and tissue paper.  As soon as I get this posted, I am off to see how Maria McGuire used these same 3 things!

This ghost print from my Gelli plate jumped out of the drawer and onto my counter.  Okay, it grabbed my eye and I put it on the counter.








I stamped a variety of Santas on white tissue paper. Once I had the ones I liked out came the gel medium.







Since I had to be non-traditional colors I went with lime green to make the bubbles pop (pun intended).  I used Glossy Acccents to give the bubbles a shine which my camera had a hard time capturing perhaps as payback for my terrible pun…






A few water soluble crayon scribbles with quick circles of glitter glue.







I added a bit of writing.  I would love it if Santa would bring peace with him this year.  There is too much violence and pain for so many families.  May all those touched by the violence heal and find peace.





Want more creativity? Check out Maria McGuire’s Artsy Fartsy post , Creative Every Day, Anything But a Card, Make It Monday, Inspire Me Monday and Show Me What You Got!

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  • Maria McGuire December 16, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Peace….yes Santa please! I love the Glossy Accents touch and how you focused on the Santas (which I love that were on tissue) by painting around them. I have to say my favorite part is the glitter glue–it somehow adds that holiday spirit! Thanks for another FUN Artsy Fartsy my friend!

  • Cynthia December 16, 2012, 2:21 pm

    I love those Santa images! The nontraditional colors are gorgeous!

  • Corrine December 16, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Love them Santa’s and your green popping bubble. Looks like so much fun. xox

  • Valerie-Jael December 16, 2012, 3:52 pm

    Fun piece! Valerie

  • loz December 16, 2012, 7:32 pm

    These are fantastic Carolyn. I have had a gelli print plate for 1 month and have not used it.. Saw these on MIM..Loz

  • Judy Shea December 16, 2012, 8:11 pm

    .. and “pop” the do. Keep the “puns” coming. Blogs and humor must go together.

  • Asha December 16, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Wow! I’ve never seen this technique before. Love the how it turned out, Carolyn. Pretty unique. Thanks for sharing the how-to. So glad I caught this project on MIM#120.

  • Kay Wallace December 16, 2012, 8:40 pm

    I love this piece, Carolyn! I have often remarked that “red and green aren’t just for Christmas anymore,” but, here, you have done the reverse. You have shown us that one can have Christmas withOUT red and green! What absolute fun you have created here! Kay

  • Anita Houston December 16, 2012, 8:50 pm

    I love the way you incorporated the Santa! The circles are so cool and I love your processes! Awesome!

  • Terri Morse December 17, 2012, 12:49 am

    Ever since I saw your post on the gelli plate, I’ve been dying to try it. I was too impatient to wait for the big guy in the red suit to bring it, so I ordered the 8 x 10 one from Dick Blick. It came last week. I think I’ll join you for some printing fun in January! I’m with you – what I’d really like is to never hear of another horrible event like the one that occurred on Friday again! It makes my heart ache. On a happier note, that is such a creative way to use the ghost print! I like the way you stamped onto tissue – it adds more depth. Great post! -Terri

  • Tammy Murdock December 17, 2012, 1:15 am

    Love this!! Makes me want to play with mine right now! I am really looking forward to the gelli party! I am really looking forward to seeing others people’s creations! (I seem to be using a lot of !!!s) 🙂

  • Faye December 17, 2012, 3:30 am

    Fantastic images Carolyn. saw this on MIM..Faye

  • Jessica Sporn December 17, 2012, 10:25 am

    Beautiful post — in message, color, images and everything else! I will be at that party – you betcha!

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth December 17, 2012, 11:23 am

    Wow, we DID use the same Santa stamp. It’s the only one I own. Of course, yours is SO much more colorful and fun. Love it.

  • Nicola December 17, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Love the colour choice :0) I also love watching the step by step process! Very fun! :0)

  • Anne Marie Potmeer December 17, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Hello Carolyn,
    I live in the Netherlands, Europe and I have a gelli plate. I love the work I see on it and I would love to join in. I love your santa works, the way you explain and the colors are complementary to the usual. Love it! Thanx! Happy holidays and lts of fun!

  • Mary Walker December 20, 2012, 7:46 am

    Sounds like it’s going to be a great start to 2013 welcome back to SMWYG!

  • TheaM December 20, 2012, 9:52 am

    I’m game for fun in the New Year! My Gelli Plate is so lonesome for me recently… too much grief lately – let’s have some fun!
    I like those !!!!!’s too!

  • maryk December 21, 2012, 2:19 pm

    carolyn, i love this piece with the bright colors and varied santas. i have a question though. how did you get the green background and still keep the integrity of the blue design?

    • Carolyn December 21, 2012, 2:43 pm

      If I am understanding your question- I just brushed a coat of green paint that was somewhat translucent so the blue below peeked through.

  • Sandy How December 21, 2012, 4:25 pm

    A fab piece of art – love the bright colour contrasted with the black and white images. Thanks for sharing your creativity at MIM this week.
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  • Michaela December 21, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Hi Carolyn
    I saw your brilliant creation on MIM. It’s fantastic and very inspirational to me because I have not done anything like this before myself.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.
    Michaela xx

  • Erika N December 21, 2012, 7:42 pm

    Love this unique holiday page. The images in the circles are some of my favorite stamps. They work really well in the circles too. And I am with you in what you wish Santa would bring. We could use it.

  • Christy Skinner December 22, 2012, 12:43 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL piece of artwork…so inpiring! 🙂

  • Julia S-W December 22, 2012, 4:12 pm

    Beautiful: colours, images, and the words in your post. Love it all.
    Thanks so much for joining in with the Anything But A Card challenge this time.

  • Laurence December 23, 2012, 2:31 pm

    This is beautiful like usual!
    I will be Gelliplating with you in January!
    Merry Christmas and lots of great things in 2013 to you and all!

  • Gloria J Zucaro December 24, 2012, 9:21 am

    Checking your blog today led me here. I love the stamping on white tissue! Did you then cut the tissue circles out or place a whole tissue page over your green and paint blue all around the circles with Santa? I will be joining you for the gelli days, my first use of my small gelli plate!

    • Carolyn December 24, 2012, 10:08 am

      I cut the tissue paper out – gluing down a whole sheet of it would have led to lots of wrinkles the way I glue. So glad you’ll be joining in the Gelli fun!

  • Tonya Hopkins December 28, 2012, 9:11 pm

    This is super cool. Thank you for sharing. I found you through Make it Monday. :o)