Layering Technique with Gelli Arts® Printed Tissue Paper

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here today and I want to share with you one of
my favorite techniques, layering with Gelli® printed tissue paper.

Here is what you need to start with:

Tissue paper, acrylic paint, brayer, stencils and a Gelli® Plate. I used the 5×7” student plate.

The tissue paper I used is very thin, like gift tissue paper or the kind you find in shoeboxes. The thinner the paper the better, as the chance that it will turn completely translucent will be bigger. As long as the paper doesn’t rip when lifting it from the Gelli® plate it is ok.

The way you make your prints is not a lot different than on thicker paper. You just have to be very careful that you don’t use too much paint. The more paint, the bigger the possibility that it soaks through the paper and you will smear it or tear the paper.

Also you have to make sure you don’t let the paint dry with the paper on the plate as it will be hard to remove the paper then.

And finally, instead of rubbing the paper firmly when on the plate you have to gently push the paper in the open spaces of the stencil.

All together you just have to be a bit nicer to the paper because it is so delicate.

The fun thing is that once the paint has dried on the paper it is not so delicate anymore and easy to work with.

I started with covering the plate with acrylic paint and placing stencils on top. Then I made the first print.

Then I removed the stencils and made another print from the
paint that was left on the plate.

After that there was still some paint on the plate that I
left to dry for a few seconds. Then I added a tiny little bit of white paint
(you can use any color you like, just experiment a little to see the different
results), spread it out covering the whole plate and made a print of that.

Now I have 3 different prints from one session. Two will be
completely translucent when glued down, the third will be semi translucent as
there is a layer of paint on the entire print, and there are no “open” spaces.

This way I created a bunch of papers using a variety of
colors and patterns.

Then I made some prints using stamps.

In the first option I covered the plate with acrylic paint
and then pushed a stamp onto the plate to lift up some paint. I stamped the
paint off on a piece of tissue paper.

After repeating this on the entire plate I made a print.

In the second option I covered the plate with 2 colors next
to each other. I stamped on the left side of the plate, lifting up the paint,
then placed the stamp on the right side, transferring the pink paint into the
blue area. Then I made the print.

Sit down for half an hour of printing and you’ll be amazed
how many beautiful papers you’ll end up with!

And now you’re ready to start layering!

You need some card stock, watercolor paper or an art journal
to work in, a flat brush and some matte medium.

Tear a piece from the printed tissue paper and glue it down
to your background using the matte medium. Then cover the glued down piece with
a thin layer of matte medium. This is what makes the paper transparent.

Then tear another piece of tissue paper and glue it down
overlapping the first piece. You will notice that all the areas where there is
no paint will turn transparent revealing the layers underneath.

Continue this way until the background is covered and you
are satisfied with the result.

Don’t you just love how you can see all the layers on top of
each other and still have vibrant colors?!

Now your background is ready and you can use it for whatever
you like, whether it is art journal pages, cards, ATCs… or use the technique on
wood, glass, and cardboard boxes. The possibilities are endless!

Thank you for stopping by and happy printing!

– Birgit

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23 thoughts on “Layering Technique with Gelli Arts® Printed Tissue Paper”

  1. Oh wow! I would never ever have thought to use tissue paper, I am going to try this, I love what you made there xx

    1. Mary, you can use any paper you like, as long as it doesn't tear when lifting it up from the plate. It's really fun to gather a bunch of different papers and then sit down and print and see all the different results!

  2. I'm going to try this using Deli paper, it's a little stronger than tissue and also very transparent. These are just gorgeous, hope mine turn out half as good!

    1. Ernie, you will get beautiful prints in deli paper but it will not turn totally transparent as the tissue paper does, nevertheless you will get lovely collage papers! 🙂

  3. this is wonderful, a great idea for something diffrent to try with the Gelli plate……… I'm actually thinking of cutting (don't freak out) my 8X10 gelli plate into smaller pieces like the 5X7 cause i think it would be more usable for me. these look stunning.

    1. I'm not freaking out LOL, I did that with some larger gelli plates to use in classes, I too do like the 5×7 size 🙂
      Have fun printing!

  4. Have you found a difference in using deli paper or tissue paper for this? I personally have not found that the deli paper is as transparent as people say it is

    1. You're right, it isn't. I love to use deli paper with the gelli plate but you don't get the result showing here with the tissue paper.

  5. Can you tell me who makes the scribbled circle stencil? Now I have to take the 5×7 Gelli plate off my wish list and buy it already!

  6. I just purchased the materials to try this technique. Trouble is not enough time in the day. Keep the ideas coming.

  7. RawkMama [...iamSam...]

    where do you buy the tissue sheets from or do you cut them yourself? they are perfectly cut! also, what size are they? loved this technique!

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