Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Book Covers by Linda Brun

Hi! Linda
here and I’m so happy to share my first project on the Gelli Arts® blog.

Today I
want to show you a fun and easy way to create prints that can be used for
handmade books or any other project your heart desires. Make sure you check out the GIVEAWAY at the
end of my blog!

starting by creating backgrounds, aka the first layer, printing on a 9”x12” Gelli® printing plate.

the color paint you want to use.

I’m using
a piece from a cardboard box as a printing tool to create texture, here you
could use a stamp or another tool, it’s all up to you.

Press the
cardboard piece firmly down into the paint and lift up.

To remove
excess paint from the cardboard print tool, press it on another background to create a nice

When you
are happy with the texture on the Gelli® plate, press the paper down. For the
book covers, I’m using scrap paper from a local distributor. I’m creating several covers in
various colors at the same time.

Now it’s time
to decorate your backgrounds with leaf prints.

Note – A drop of black Gelli Arts® paint is enough. If you use a paint that dries fast–use a few drops of an extender to keep your paint wet longer.

Roll out the black paint and place the
leaves down on the wet paint.

Cover the leaves with a sheet of parchment paper and rub firmly around the leaves.

When you
pull the paper off, the contour of the leaves will show on the paper.

Remove the leaves from the plate and press one of your backgrounds down on the printing plate, rub
firmly.  You will pick up what’s left of your leaf print.

This is
how it turned out on one of the covers.

Now it’s time to
add some collage to one of the backgrounds. Here you see various parchment
paper prints you can work with.

cutting and tearing the background papers – so they are the right size for the book covers.

I’m using
fluid gel medium to glue the paper down.

way of picking up the leaf prints on your plate, is to let the leaf prints dry on your plate. Then add a thin layer of paint on top of the dry leaf prints. Then place one of your backgrounds on top of the wet paint and pull the print.  The prints of the dry leaves will be on your paper.

I’m using
a brayer to add some extra pressure to the print before pulling the print.

Your book covers and signatures are now ready for binding.

I’m doing
a long stitch binding, but you could do any kind of binding.

The books are all dressed up and ready for the art fair.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Check out this amazing Giveaway!

Good Luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


      9″ x 12″ Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate

      Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, various colors

      Gelli Arts® 12″ x 16” Parchment Paper



      Some branches, ferns and leafs from the garden

      Heavy cardstock to print on that will be used as book covers

      Deli paper

      Printing paper


      Golden fluid gel medium to create collages on some of the book covers

      Needle and thread for binding

      Medium weight paper for signatures

      Metal ruler and scalpel to cut the covers to desired size

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48 thoughts on “Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Book Covers by Linda Brun”


    I like the visual steps presented in the video as they make leaf printing a 'must try'…

  2. I am so impressed what you can do with your Gelli plate … I really have to work more I believe so it looks more prof. Thank you ever so much for all !!

  3. Your book covers are beautiful. I love that you used real leaves. A very unique idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Linda Kunsman

    your journals look so lovely and I love the idea of using actual leaves to make prints-TFS!

  5. Laila Mortensen

    Linda, du er en fantastisk inspiration 😊 tillykke med at du er på Gelli arts blog. Der kan jeg godt forstår

  6. A simple, thorough tutorial with stunning results!
    Appreciate all the work you put into this post. Thanks, Linda!

  7. Loved this blog post and video tutorial–you make it seem so very easy to get such a great layered look to your prints!

  8. Lee Ann Barrett

    I am brand new to gelli printing and have been very inspired by these prints. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Lovely! Tried some of the same, but haven't bound them yet, need to try out that first. And write something to fill the pages with. Thanks for the inspiration!

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