Gelli Arts® Printing with DIY Layered Texture Plates

Pressing a handmade layered texture plate into a painted Gelli® plate is a fabulous way to create a unique image! Watch this video for a demonstration of this easy technique.

You can make texture plates to match the size of your Gelli® plate, or make smaller plates that can be used as stamps. This technique is especially fun for making custom texture plates designed specifically for your Round Gelli® Plate.

Texture plates can be made from many different materials. The material used in the video is…heavyweight fusible stabilizer. It’s perfect for making quick layered texture plates that are ready to use right away.

I use Peltex 71F(by Pellon) — a heavyweight stabilizer with fusible adhesive on one side. It’s a stiff non-woven polyester material about 1/16″ thick. And so easy to cut!

Those of you who quilt or sew may be familiar with this stabilizer for creating fabric bowls, bags, postcards, ATCs, etc.

What makes Peltex so interesting for making layered texture plates is its dimensional quality. As you build the layers, you’re creating a deep relief pattern.

When the texture plate is pressed into a painted Gelli® plate and removed — a ‘halo’ effect

remains around the shapes. In other words, the surface of the texture plate removes some of the paint … but there will be a line, or shadow, around the shapes. This can make wonderful printed images — with an almost 3-D effect!

Here’s how to make the texture plate:

  1. Cut a piece of Peltex to the desired size to use as the substrate for your texture plate. 
  2. Place the cut substrate on a piece of parchment paper (on top of ironing surface)
  3. Cut pieces of Peltex into desired shapes.
  4. Arrange the pieces on the substrate with the fusible side down. (Layer some cut pieces on top of others to create dimension on the plate)
  5. Cover with parchment paper and press with a hot iron to fuse the layers together.         (Follow manufacturer’s instructions for fusing)
  6. Remove the parchment paper and trim along the edge of the texture plate.

So fast and easy! Now your layered texture plate is ready to use!

Printing with these plates is like using a stamp.

  1. Apply paint to the Gelli® plate and roll into a smooth layer with a brayer
  2. Press the texture plate firmly into the wet paint and remove
  3. Place the printing paper on the painted Gelli® plate
  4. Rub to transfer paint
  5. Pull your print

For a dynamic effect with layered texture plates — try printing on black paper with opaque white or metallic paint!

  • Peltex is available at fabric stores, like JoAnn Fabrics…and many online sources.
  • When cutting a full-size texture plate for your Gelli® plate, add a half inch or so to the overall dimensions — for easy handling.
  • To apply a layer of paint to the round plate with a brayer — start from the center and roll out to the edge.
  • Press the texture plate firmly into the wet paint. Avoid moving the texture plate while you press it into the Gelli® plate, as that can blur the image. 
  • If you don’t have Peltex, try making texture plates from sticky-back craft felt. You can find it at craft stores.
  • Adhesive-backed craft felt can be cut into shapes and layered. Simply peel the backing off and stick the pieces together.
  • Craft felt produces a slightly different image … not quite as hard-edged as Peltex. If the felt plate becomes saturated with paint, stamping the felt plate on paper will give you a relief print of the image. 
  • When making multiple prints from the same texture plate, wet paint from the previous print may transfer to the next painted Gelli® plate image. This is a wonderful way to create multi-color images! So, it’s important to consider the sequence of colors used. It’s easy for the prints to get muddy as you switch from one color to another.
  • Using colors with a high contrast against the paper color creates very dynamic images. Likewise, dark colors on white paper make exciting prints!
  • For those of you who scan your prints and enhance them in photo-editing software — this technique lends itself to very interesting digital prints.

FYI:  Materials used in this video:

  • 8″ Round Gelli® Plate
  • Deco Arts Multi-Surface SATIN™ acrylic paint
  • Strathmore Bristol (vellum surface)
  • Strathmore Artagain (coal black)
  • Speedball 4″ Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer
  • Peltex 71F
  • Scissors
  • Parchment Paper
  • Iron and ironing surface

This Contest is officially CLOSED

                And here’s our awesome Giveaway to get you excited                       about making texture plates for Gelli printing on the       NEW 8″ Round Gelli® Plate!

  • 1 – 8″ Round Gelli® Printing Plate
  • 12 – Deco Arts Multi-Surface SATIN acrylic paints (2 oz. bottles)
  • 1 – Pad (24 sheets) Strathmore Bristol (9″x12″)
  • 1 – Pad (24 sheets) Strathmore Artagain® coal black (9″x12″)
  • 1 – Speedball 4″ Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer
  • 4 – Pieces of Peltex 71F (9″x12″)

To enter to win, all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog. Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 12 noon EST. One lucky winner will be selected at random on Feb. 25th and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than Feb. 25th at 5 p.m. EST.

This Contest is officially CLOSED

And a special thanks to our friends at Deco Art and Strathmore Papers for their generous support for this giveaway!

Good luck…and Happy Printing!

500 thoughts on “Gelli Arts® Printing with DIY Layered Texture Plates”

  1. How many 'layers' of acrylic paint can one load before making a print on paper? I'd love to win and even if I don't I think this just might be my next 'project'!! The video helps explain it – impressive.

  2. Beautiful idea! I've been wanting to try out the round Gelli Plate for a while now. I'm so addicted to my 8×10. I really hope I win!

  3. I just discovered the Gelli Arts Printing Plate on line last week…I am soo excited to try this new process…art makes me tingle!

  4. Thanks so much for the great video and new technique! I love my Gelli plates! Once I get started it is so hard to stop playing with the paint and pulling those prints. And I really enjoy using what I create in other mixed media projects. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration and ideas!

  5. Looks like a lot of fun. I have some Peltex here, at least enough to make at least one plate. You could make them square or rectangular for the other GelliPlates.

  6. Wow- this is so outside the box/plate creative. The circle gelli plate ends up giving each project a very peaceful impression. These dimensional additions really take the gelli printing to another level.

  7. How cool is this idea! I love playing with my homemade gelatin plate. But a permanent gelli plate would be fabulous! Now I just have to figure out what to do with all my prints! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  8. Oh, I have a question. I have made a couple of texture plate with the fun foam. I have been disappointed with the print from those because it seems like the foam just doesn't pick up enough paint to make a good print. Do you think if I were to apply a layer of gesso on the foam it would improve my prints?

  9. This looks like so much fun. I have the 8×10 GelliPlate, and it's so easy to lose yourself in GelliPlay. I've got some Peltex here in the house and I think I'll make a rectangle one to play with. Would love the round one and all the goodies in the giveaway….good luck to all.

  10. Love that dimensional look! Great give away…. would love to take a crack at making something sensational with all those goodies!
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  11. I am new to Gelli prints, going to try my first today. Will make some layered stamps tonight. Thanks for the idea

  12. Leaving a comment by the skin of my teeth! Thanks for offering this giveaway, I just heard about Gelli products from a friend and am eager to learn more!

  13. Wow, this looks an amazing product and promises loads of fun. I've just spent some time watching a number of videos on printing with the Gelli Art Plate and it has inspired me. I loved making lino prints when I was at school some 45 years ago and I'd love the chance of having a go at printing again. There are so many different techniques and so many wonderful results it seems, having looked at the pictures on your site and read other users comments. I do hope I am lucky enough to win the Gelli Kit and will keep my fingers crossed!

  14. I love all your ideas. This would be so fun to win. I can't wait to see what other techniques and ideas you have to create beautiful prints.

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