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Gelling with my Gelli

A few months ago, I ordered my Gelli from and found that I was not quite sure what I would do on my maiden voyage into the world of Gelli. I watched my friends create beautiful pieces of mixed media artwork and I watched videos of instructors touting all the cool things you could do with the Gelli Plate. But finally it was this technique that I discovered on the Gelli Pinterest Page that caught my eye.

My biggest fear of the plate has always been this : I would work TOO SLOW and it would all dry and there I'd be...stuck with a painted Gelli. Imagine my relief that TAPE would take the paint OFF and not ruin my plate! *insert you Snoopy Happy Dance here* SO...packing tape in hand I gathered my supplies and VOILA!

gather supplies: Gelli Plate, Acrylic Paint, Packing Tape
Gather toys to stamp into the paint
Paint, stamp, play. Leave open spaces with NO PAINT.
Be patient and let it dry. Smooth on packing tape and then LIFT.
These are just a few of the tape strips from my 1 application of paint.
To the sticky side add leafing, or glitter, or Mica powders.
Pounce it on, smooth it, pour it.
Once the excess is removed you have this wonderful piece just
waiting for some arty love.
I love how the gilded pieces look but I also love the transparency
of the glittered one.

 After making the tag, my son had the idea of making bookmarks by attaching a backing -- "laminating" the whole thing closed...more packing tape works beautifully! I hope you enjoyed my projects!
Now you can play to your hearts content and know that IF your paint should happen to can make Packing Tape art!


  1. TOTALLY AWESOME, great technique. The plates also wash off with a damp paper towel or wipes. Have I said....I LOVE my Gelli plate?

  2. Fantastic project technique, Leslie Rahye. TFS and letting us know how to clean the Gelli.

  3. Have you tried this technique? It works well if you have dried paint on your plate. This is my favourite technique.

  4. I am a gelli plate newbie with a brand new plate begging to be painted! Fabulous technique! So many uses for such gorgeous strips of tape! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Love this -- came to your blog via the Gelli Arts page on FB, and am so glad I did!

  6. Awesome!!! This is soooooooo cool!!!!!

  7. My heart be still.. just gorgeous!


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