Printmaking fun!

Creating abstract fun with a Gelliplate

I recently bought a smaller sized 5×5 inch square Gelliplate for abstract and nature printmaking projects. I found this size perfect for my Hobonichi journal. It’s a fun and relaxing way to collect ephemera for future art journal projects.

I usually like to use nature samples for my imprints, like leaves and ferns, but here I cut out my own stencils from file folder cardstock. Part of the fun is learning to enjoy the happy surprises that you end up with, even if you do get a few “not so great” prints along the way. In the end, it’s all about having fun in the process–re-visiting your child-like experience with art.

Gelli Plate background with mixed media

My daughter was editing a new song that she’s been working on, so I borrowed some of her lyrics for the title of this journal spread. “One of these days… you’ll come back around.” She writes great lyrics. 😉

Gelli Plate monotype background with mixed media embellishments in my hardcover art journal. Acrylics, graphite, Caran d’Ache Neocolors, and oil pastels.oneofthesedays copy

Gelli Plate printing in Composition Notebook

This morning I wanted to make some quick Gelli Plate printed pages in my composition notebook to see how much paint these thin pages could handle. I had started this notebook a few years ago, but I lost interest in working on the lined paper after having filled about 4 of them with collage and daily writing entries. I was drawn to this one because I had decorated the front cover with acrylics, and it looked so pretty sitting on my bookshelf. I think I was going to use this notebook for capturing free writing exercises, having been inspired by the book Poemcrazy. (love this book) Note to self… I must get back to those writing prompts and let the brain purge all these creative words that are floating around.

I am always amazed at how much stronger these thin, ruled pages become with the added layers of acrylics. The traditional sewn binding makes these school notebooks withstand the toughest art studio abuse. Here is a little photo sample of this morning’s printing adventure…


Using some old sheet music to lift off extra colors and to have a place to wipe off the brayer.DSC_1003 Printing directly into the composition notebook.DSC_1001Styrofoam egg carton as a printing tool

DSC_0999DSC_0991Traditional black and white marble composition school notebook turned into an art and writing journal.

DSC_0990Homemade stamps. One cut out of folder stock. The other is a piece of cardboard with rubber bands wrapped around it.DSC_0988I painted the cover of my composition notebook with artist acrylics.

Today’s Gelli Plate Art #monoprinting #gelliarts #printmaking #abstract #followart



Today’s Gelli Plate print was created with various craft and artist acrylic colors and some of my homemade masks. I cut out a bunch of freeform stencils from old file folders to use in the layering paint process. The fossil looking on the left top area was actually created with a hot glue gun–melted glue drawn onto a scrap piece of cardboard and allowed to dry. It’s a great impression stamp, and although I’ve made several glue stamp plates, this design seems to be one of my favorites. The center image was an actual leaf from one of my garden specimens (an added bonus to living in Florida–year round nature specimens!). Although it didn’t pick up the veins, I liked the resulting bold silhouette. The black inkblot section was created by fingerpainting with my gloved finger so as to have a more free-form color block instead of rolling it smooth with a brayer.

After a printing session, the best part is sitting in the family room sorting through the art prints of the day. As usual, they get a few added embellishments with colored pencils and any other mark making tools that are within reach–apparently I cannot help myself–always interested in the details that I can place into the layers . I’m looking forward to tonight’s creation.

Gelli Plate Beginnings #mixedmedia #gelliarts #abstract #printmaking



Wind Chimes


I’ve been having a wonderful time experimenting with the large Gelli Plate as a starting point for creating my newest mixed media abstracts. The layering process sets up a unique base to add other marks and sometimes, additional paper layers. After pulling several print layers from the plate, I decided to add hand drawn elements using colored pencils and acrylic paints. The overall effect is varied and leaves a lot of visual eye candy to enjoy.