gelli printing

Have you ever tried gelli printing with things found in your recycle bin?  Don’t think “yuck”, but thing “wow”.  There are so many different things that you can use to make marks and impressions on your gelli printing plate.

I think my favourite was using leaves and long grassy weeks for my prints.  Creating them on translucent paper allows you to layer the prints in your final artwork for real interest without any added work.

Gelli Printing with Blue Box Items

gelli printing with leaves

gelli printing



Background Type:

  • Any type of surface that will accept acrylic paint.
  • Substrates used in video include:  vellum, deli paper, terra skin, paper, cardstock, food packaging, watercolour paper, acrylic paper, mixed media paper, paper doilies, manilla file folder, notecard, grid paper and envelopes.

Palette: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Metallic Gold – DFMA49
  • Ultramarine Blue – DMFA43
  • Quinacridone Red – DMFA33
  • Napthol Red Light – DMFA19
  • Cadmium Orange Hue – DMFA15
  • Diarylide Yellow – DMFA11
  • Hansa Yellow Medium – DMFA50
  • Cobalt Teal Hue – DMFA10
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue – DMFA10
  • Yellow Green Light – DMFA46

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18


  • Application and Texture Tools – DAS221
  • Brayer


Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425 (for rough gesso prep)

Royal Aqualon

  • 1″ Glaze Wash – R2700 (for smooth gesso prep)
  • 3/4″ Glaze Wash – R2700 (use as an alternative to a brayer)

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358 (few sheets, as this is being used as your printing plate)
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


Blue Box Finds:

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Scrap Paper
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Envelopers
  • Foam
  • Leaves
  • String
  • Ribbon
  • Elastic
  • Mesh
  • Paper Towel Core


What did you think?

Go raid your recycle bin and what did you find that might make for interesting prints?  Share in the comments below.