First Day Gelli Printing {Part 4}

Gelli Prints

Pretty crazy that it’s taking me four days to show you part of what I did on the first day of gelli printing, but I did not want to wear you out by putting it all into one post! If you have missed the other posts you can read them now- {Part 1} {Part 2} {Part 3}.

I wondered what would happen if I used leaves for my texture in the paint on the gelli plate. Since my source of leaves right now is pretty limited, I picked part of a house plant. (If you notice paint on these leaves, I did not take the picture until I was completely finished.)

Leaf Gelli Print 1

I covered the gelli plate with a dark red paint and pressed the leaves and stem lightly onto the paint. Here is the first print from that.

Leaf Gelli Print 2

I decided to print the ghost print on this blue print I had previously made.

Blue Gelli print

I love the way it turned out!

Leaf Gelli Print 3

There was still paint left on the gelli plate so I made a third print from it.Leaf Gelli Print 4

I decided the paint left on the leaves needed to go somewhere so I opened a page in my sketch book and printed them on it.Leaf Print

That was so much fun I went out to the yard to see if there were any leaves I could use. I picked some ivy and a branch of evergreen to try. Here is one of the ivy prints. I printed some lighter yellow over one of those muddy looking prints I showed you in {Part 3} as you can tell from the side. Then I covered the gelli plate with dark green and laid my branch and various ivy leaves in the paint. Even if you print something you do not like, you can always print something else over it later like I did. What you originally did not like may add some subtle undertones that give your print depth.

Ivy Twig Gelli Print

Next I tried using the leaves as a mask instead of texture. I laid the leaves on the gelli plate and used a brush to paint dark green paint around each leaf. Then I printed that onto a previously printed paper. You can see the brush strokes.

Ivy Gelli Print 1

I printed the ghost print onto another previously printed paper of brighter yellow and green colors.

Ivy Gelli Print 2

There was still paint left on the gelli plate and this is the ghost print from that. I laid the paper down on it in different positions several times to get all the paint lifted. It gave the print a very muted unique look.

Ivy Gelli Print 3

Lastly I tried the evergreen branches. They were rather sharp and left some holes poked into my gelli plate. So after I was finished with these, I washed the plate off, broke it up and remelted it in the microwave and reset it for another day.

Evergreen Gelli PrintEvergreen Gelli Print 2

Now I can’t wait for spring and all of the variety of leaves and flowers I can use with my gelli plate.

Well, I hope I’ve gotten you at least a little bit curious about trying to make prints with a gelli plate for yourself. There are so many videos on You Tube to help give you more ideas of the many techniques you can try with gelli printing. Watch a few. Make a gelli plate. Have fun creating!


First Day Gelli Printing {Part 4} — 2 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try your recipe for creating a gelli plate of my own! Thank you for sharing it, it looks so very promising and so much like what Gelli Arts is selling for about the same price as gold by weight.

    BTW Jan have you ever heard of “ComposiMold Reusable Mold Making Material” ? it is probably at least as similar to your recipe as Gelli Arts stuff because it looks just like it, it is re-meltable and is made of glycerin. It too is way overpriced! If you’re interested in looking at that it is at

    One last thing, if you ever hear your doorbell ring and the person on the other side say, “we’re with Gelli Arts, we just want to talk” don’t open the doot — they know that you’ve hit the nail on the head and nearly duplicated their recipe! Excellent!!!

  2. Found your four-part instructions and pics and explanations so VERY helpful! Thank you so much for explaining and taking the time to share. 🙂