Gelli Arts® Printed Lampshade

Happy Thursday! Today I want to show you
how you can create a unique and personal lampshade in a few very easy steps.
Add some color and a personal touch to your interior.

Here’s what you need:

A lampshade, I used Jära
from Ikea. It has a fabric top layer but the inside is made of plastic so the
paint doesn’t bleed through.

Besides that – you need
the hexagon shaped mini Gelli® plate, a brayer, stamps (they have to be bigger
then the hexagon Gelli® plate, I used the new “Mixed Media Flowers #1” that I
designed for Carabelle Studio), acrylic blocks, acrylic paint (I mixed my own
color from Amsterdam acrylics), baby
wipes, a paper piercer, a needle and embroidery thread.

Apply some paint to a
craft sheet and roll out to cover your brayer with paint. Apply the paint to your
stamp using the brayer. This way you will get a nice even layer of paint
covering your stamp without paint going into the small openings.

Stamp on the Gelli® plate
to transfer the paint from the stamp to the plate.

Then use the Gelli® plate
as a stamp to create a border around the edge of the lampshade.

Make sure to clean the
Gelli® plate with a baby wipe between stamping to keep the prints clean and

Why use a Gelli® plate
and not stamp on the lampshade directly?

First of all, you will
not get the hexagon shape unless you use a stencil which is more difficult and
messy than using the Gelli® plate. Secondly, because of the consistency of the Gelli® plate, adding the paint to the lampshade goes much smoother and with a better
result than stamping on the fabric directly.

Once you have completed
the border you have to let the paint dry well. Then use a paper piercer to make
holes around the edges of the hexagons. I made one on every corner and one in
between the corners.

Then I started
embroidering but I made a mistake. I crossed over to the next hole, like you
see on the picture below, but then I realized that I could see those threads on
the right side of the lamp when the light shines through.

So instead of crossing
over I had to go back into the previous hole and then continue. See pictures.
Go along all the edges of all hexagons this way and your lampshade is done.

You have to have some
patience while making the holes and doing the embroidery but the result is
worth it!

I hope you enjoyed this
tutorial and got inspired to create some unique furniture yourself!

– Birgit


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(Birgit’s stamps will be included in the giveaway package – not pictured above)

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3 thoughts on “Gelli Arts® Printed Lampshade”

  1. What a wonderful idea! It looks amazing and so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing and for the great giveaway too.
    Fliss x

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