Such cool effects can be achieved
in gel printing using a simple piece of folded paper. Watch this video to
see the interesting mark-making possibilities with accordion folded paper!
Simple accordion folds in a piece
of paper transforms it into a texture tool capable of making a variety of marks
for creating exciting prints!
After folding and experimenting
with different papers, I find index cards make the best accordion folded
texture tools. An ordinary 5” x 8″ index card works perfectly.
The folds shown here are 1/2″
inch intervals — creating a nice sturdy tool that holds up to the paint for
many usages. While you’re at it — make a few! Score and fold cards in both the
horizontal and vertical (or portrait and landscape) orientations.
Making accordion folds is so easy
using a Fiskars quilting ruler and a bone folder. Score lines at every 1/2 inch
—then fold the card into an accordion on the scored lines. Gather up the folds
on one end to form a fan shape and wind a bit of tape around the end to hold
the fan shape in place.
There are other ways to make
accordion folds — where a ruler and bone folder aren’t essential — so use the
method you’re familiar with. This paper texture tool needs the mountains and
valleys of an accordion, but exact folding precision is not required.
If you have a paper scoring tool,
such as theMartha Stewart Mini Scoring Board— making accordion folded papers
for Gelli® plate printing is another great opportunity to use it!
Experiment with folding papers and
see what you come up with for creating textures and marks in your Gelli®
In the video you’ll see how to
make a small rosette. I hold it together with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue.
But many people prefer using hot glue for making paper rosettes, so use the
adhesive you prefer.
The printing paper used in the
video is Staples Card Stock 110 lb. that has been cut in half (to 8.5″ x
5.5″) for printing bleed prints on an 8″x10″ Gelli® plate. My
Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer makes that job super easy.
For printing, apply two or more
colors of paint on your Gelli® plate and roll it out with a brayer.
Press your accordion folded
texture tool into the wet paint and use it like a stamp. Pick it up and press
over and over in different areas. Make various marks by pressing the accordion
in wet paint and gently twisting or dragging it to move the paint. And rolling
the accordion edge into the paint creates a thin zigzag line!
When you’re happy with the image,
cover the plate with a piece of paper, rub to transfer the paint — and pull
Like many prints, a lot of these
are good beginnings. So keep working on them in layers to build your images.
TIP: When creating
bleed prints (no borders) — where the paper is smaller than the painted plate —
place a cover sheet over the printing paper to keep your hands clean. You can
use your cover sheets over and over. Deli paper is an excellent cover sheet, as
shown in the video.
Quickly pull a ghost print if
there’s enough wet paint on the plate.
If the paint on the plate is too
dry, but you like what’s there — allow it to dry completely. Then roll out
another layer of a contrasting paint color on the plate. To print this image —
give the paper some extra time on the plate. When you pull the print, it should
pull up all of the paint on the plate.
It’s amazing how addictive a
simple paper texture tool is to work with! You’ll have a stack of prints in no
time! And they’re great for collage — or working back into with your favorite
pens and pencils. So much fun!!
TIP: The paint used
in the video is Blick Matte Acrylic, which dries to a velvety matte surface
that’s friendly to colored pencils, pens, and other embellishments.
A great way to
keep the pages together is to punch them with an Arc Punch and bind them
together with Arc discs. Voila! A fabulous art journal! What I love most is
that I can pull pages out to work on them further, add more papers to the book,
and rearrange the pages at any time. Hard not to love the flexibility of disc
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Products used in this tutorial!