Gelli Printing DIY Fall Art

DIY Gelli Printed Fall Art @savedbyloves

A creative friend introduced me to gelli printing, and I am hooked. I think you will be too! Today I will show you how to use leaves from your yard and die cut leaves to create beautiful one of a kind fall art prints. Use gelli printing for your art journal and mixed media backgrounds, for handmade greeting cards or frame them for instant art!

DIY Fall Art

MATERIALS

DecoArt Mixed Media

Gelli Printing Plate; I purchase this 8×10 inch plate (*this is my Amazon affiliate link)

Brayer

Acrylic Paints in fall reds, oranges and yellows; I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

White Card Stock 8.5 x 11 inches

Rubber Stamps, bubble wrap or other texture materials

Leaves from outside

Die cut leaves

TUTORIAL

Gelli Printing Tutorial

Drip paint in yellow, orange and red as shown.  It doesn’t take much paint to cover the gelli plate.

Mixed Media Background Technique

Use the brayer to spread the paint over the gelli plate.

Use Bubble Wrap to Create Texture

Create texture in the wet paint with bubble wrap, stamps, combs, etc.

Crafting with leaves

Place the real leaves or die cut leaves over the texture you just made. Now you are ready to lift your first print!

How to Gelli Print

Place the white card stock over the gelli plate and smooth out with hands, ensuring contact all over the card stock.

Gelli Print Ideas

After lifting the first print, and removing the leaves, you are left with this, which creates a cool second print.

How to Create Mixed Media Backgrounds

The left is the first print and the right is the second print after removing the leaves.

Mixed Media Techniques

Here I followed the above steps, but used leaves I die cut from cardstock with the Sizzix Tattered Leaves Die instead of real leaves.

DIY Leaf Art

I love this technique, and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics are great to use for it.  I tried a few other paints, but got blurred lines with the leaf outlines.  I am excited to do more gelli prints!

Have you tried gelli printing?

Comments

  1. Love the tutorial! Took a class at the Houston Quilt festival and am now hooked myself on Gelli plate fabric and paper techniques.

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