Gelli Arts® Printing Faux Chine Collé

Chine collé is a printmaking technique where lightweight paper is adhered to heavier paper as it’s passed through a press with an inked plate. The result is a print on a collage. Watch this video to see how this process can be adapted for Gel printing!

If you’d like to print on fragile vintage papers, brittle book pages, or thin, delicate papers that may tear — this is your technique! 

Here’s the basic process:

1. Prepare a collage of your lightweight paper by adhering thin papers to a piece of heavy paper with matte medium, PVA, or your favorite paper adhesive. When the collage is dry, you’re ready for printing.

2. Roll paint into a thin layer onto the Gelli® plate with a brayer, then add textures and marks in the wet paint.

3. Place your collaged paper onto the gel plate, rub to transfer the paint, and pull your print.


• The papers need to have a good bond, so glue stick is not recommended as it doesn’t always hold. 

• Smooth paper, such as bristol, hot press watercolor paper and mixed media sketchbook 

pages will all do a great job here. Printmaking papers, such a Stonehenge or Rives BFK, are excellent choices.

• Masks and stencils are particularly effective, as they create a barrier between the paint and paper, preserving areas of the collage from being covered with paint. Ghost prints pulled on collaged paper can make beautiful prints.

• Use transparent paints where you want the collaged papers to show through.

• Opaque paints can be used to block out areas of the collaged paper, giving the print a very different look.

• You can print multiple layers and build up colors and complexity in your print. 

Try this:

For great results, try this process using stencils and two (or more) colors of slow-drying paint. The objective is to print the ghost image on the collage paper:

1. Roll a thin layer of slow-drying paint onto the gel plate with a brayer. 

2. Cover the plate with a stencil. 

3. Cover with thin paper, such as deli paper or copy paper. Press into the holes and pull the print. 

4. With the stencil still in place on the gel plate, roll a contrasting color of slow-drying acrylic paint over the stencil with a brayer. 

5. Again, cover with thin paper, such as copy paper or deli paper. Press lightly and pull the print. 

6. Remove the stencil. 

7. Place your collaged paper on the plate, rub and pull the print. This is a chine collé print!

Experiment with layers of paint and stencils and see the different and interesting results you can achieve when printing on collaged paper! So much fun!!

For more examples, please take a look at this older blog post: “Something Borrowed”, and 

check out the slideshow video of faux chine collé prints. There’s no tutorial there, just prints. And hopefully, a little inspiration!!

FYI: Materials used in this video:

  • Stencils and Masks ( The Crafter’s Workshop, Stencil Girl, Green Pepper Press, Tim Holtz). The ‘bee’ mask was cut from Graphix Edge Stencil Film on a Silhouette Cameo — from a clip art design)
  • Vintage book text, newspaper, maps, sheet music
  • Various ‘found’ textures 

This Contest is officially CLOSED

This months Gelli Arts® blog giveaway winner (random number generator 179) is Anne Siciliano! I felt like I was the winner when I found her facebook page…. gorgeous artwork! Congrats to Anne and we hope she shares her good fortune with us by sharing her Gelli® artwork!

 And now for our fabulous giveaway – a kit with materials especially selected for experimenting with this technique!

The fabulous giveaway includes:

  • 1 – 8″x10″ Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
  • 1 – Speedball 4″ soft rubber Pop-in Brayer
  • 1 – 4 oz. jar of Golden OPEN Acrylic paint – Quinacridone/ Nickel Azo Gold
  • 1 – 4 oz. jar of Golden OPEN Acrylic paint – Quinacridone Magenta
  • 1 – 4 oz. jar of Golden OPEN Acrylic paint – Ultramarine Blue
  • 1 – 8 oz. jar of Golden Soft Gel Medium (matte)
  • 1 – Stonehenge Pad – 9”x12” – 15 sheets – 100% Cotton – 250 GSM

To enter to win, all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog. Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 12noon EST. One lucky winner will be selected at random on April 22nd and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than April 22nd at 5 pm EST

Good Luck and Happy Printing!

This Contest is officially CLOSED

500 thoughts on “Gelli Arts® Printing Faux Chine Collé”

  1. I LOVE your blog – Thank You for the inspiration I get from watching you. I am trying every technique.

  2. Thanks for the idea for more fragile pages and scraps. I appreciated the judicious use of stencils, too, rather than making it too busy.

  3. This seems like a great idea for my fourth graders. I had them make their own mono print this year with the 4×4 Gelli Plates. I only have six so it is time consuming, but the students loved it! This idea seems to add a little more pizzazz to a typical mono print. Thank you for a new creative idea for my students to engage in.

  4. I just found out about these. I would love to win one. It seems like such a great medium for 2nd grade printmaking.

  5. Wow, I never knew you could do all of those techniques. I have been going through all of the You Tube video utilizing the Gelli Plate and I want one so bad, I am newly military retired and resparking my creative side and having the Gelli plate would difinitely open that creative door wider and much quicker. thank you so much for the chance to win.

  6. Wow what a fabulous prize. The prize is everything that is on my need list. I have my fingers well and truly crossed. I would love this very fabulous prize xxx

  7. Layering is so much easier with a Gelli Plate. It has revitalized my creativity and given me freedom to play. It's not often that I rave to my friends about a product, but that's exactly how I talk to them about the Gelli Plate. Thank you for that!

  8. Fantastic tutorial and technique. Super giveaway and I love to win as a Gelli Plate has been on my wish list for months. Thanks for the chance.

  9. I really like all your demos on you-tube. It is such a great way to learn!
    Thank you so much

  10. I just got my Gelli plate and have been pinning tons of ideas on my Pinterest board. I love that you have these tutorials available!

  11. Gelli Arts allow an amateur artist to achieve incredible creations. It would be wonderful to get the chance to contribute using these beautiful art supplies.

  12. Gelli plates bring art creation into everyone's ability …it's fun, awesomely creative and best of all there are never any mistakes …just new ways to "think" about art 😉

    I am currently introducing my sister to Gelli plate printing …as she was an accomplished acrylics painter until she suffered a stroke …and now tends to resist the urge to create due to a lack of confidence in her ability to overcome the effects of the stroke …but I'm confident for her as her creations have always been wonderful 🙂

    It is also marvelous to view all the YouTube video's created by Gelli plate users …showing their adaptations to printing …and turning on the spark of light in our creative minds …so I would like to say "thank you" to them all for sharing …and thank you to the creators of "Gelli" too 😉

  13. always enjoy the newsletters, even if it is a glorious autumn here in Victoria Australia, in fact having fun with printing is gorgeous serendipity anytime, thank you

  14. Mad for Gelli plate printing. Experimenting with printing inks, fluid acrylics, masks, stencils, card stock, vellum, deli paper. A creative infusion after a too long, snowy winter. Encouraged store manager at Michael's to carry Gelli's!

  15. Love, love, love the video. The process is terrific and I can see there are many, many options available for play and serious project development. I would love to have a Gelli Plate to experiment with. Thanks so much.

  16. GELLI Printmaking is a creative process engaging the artist in exploring the full range of color, mixed media printing, and experience utilizing "risk taking" experiments. The process is inviting to the artist, full of discovery, incouraging exploration, and dynamic results.

  17. Your videos are fabulous! There is no end to the amazing techniques you can discover with a Gelli Plate!

  18. Thank you for this wonderful idea. My Mom & Grandmother have left me with some very sentimental cards since they have passed. I now know what to make with them. Lovely creative and thoughtful ideas have come to me watching you create. What a great way to display them instead of inside of a box. Cheers, Ellen

  19. Thank you for another wonderful video on new techniques. And thank you again for another opportunity to enter a giveaway competition.

  20. Absolutely love the Faux Chine Collé effect, thanks for such a great tutorial 🙂
    Naomi Ainley

  21. This looks awesome, the perfect thing to try on my new 11×14 gelli plate. I outgrew my 6×6!! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.

  22. Wow -fabulous giveaway and I love that technique. I finally found my Gelli plate (it had been MIA in my studio for a while) and will have to try it.

  23. Is there a support group for Gelli addicts? There should be…so many great ideas from these demos.

  24. Thank you for everything you have shared on this blog. It has been an inspiration. I was new to this type of print making. I have to admit I am totally addicted to it now. I was using acrylics but have now become more expansive.I share these tips with a close friend who is a teacher and artist. It's good to share. : )

  25. Suzanne Denning

    I love to get new ideas for my Gelli prints on your blog. Keep them coming. I would love to have this prize. I am moving to Mexico and will not have as much access to art supplies once I get there. These would be great to take with me.

  26. Brenda Livermore

    It is always a good day when there is a new video from Gelli. The a Gelli plate has made such a difference to the way I use printmaking without a press. Thank you. Brenda Livermore

  27. Cat gelli Artist

    I love gelli art and really would like to win! This is so much fun! My grandkids love it too. It should be used in classrooms, all the kids would have fun with this.

  28. I am always amazed at the beautiful things you can do with the gelli plate! Thanks for the inspiration

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