Fall Inspired Wreath with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Papers by Kirsten Varga

Hello fellow Gelli Arts® enthusiasts! Kirsten Varga here!



I am super excited to share in the creativity and inspiration of my fellow Gelli Arts® Artists. I was inspired by the Gelli Arts® September theme, #GelliFallFever to create a wreath and I hope it gives you an idea of what to create with all your wonderfully layered and patterned gel prints.



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First, you need to create a variety of luscious printed papers. I set up a table and had a marathon monoprinting session using a Gelli Arts® 9″x12″ plate and Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints.





For texture, I used a variety of fibers, handmade foam stamps, found objects and Artistcellar stencils.



I kept it loose
and just had fun as I went from color to color and texture to texture to create
layers and layers. In the end I had a stack of lovely printed papers from which
I chose a few to use for my wreath.





Next, I gathered my willow wreath base and my glue gun. I also cut leaf shapes from my chosen papers. I ended up cutting up two full sheets into my leaf shapes. So. Many. Leaves!!




Lastly, it is time to assemble! To start, I glued five small groups of leaves evenly spaced around the wreath. This gives me a balanced start.


The last step is to just keep
going around and around placing the leaves until you reach the level of
fullness you are looking for.

I found it handy to have a skewer
near by to help set the leaves into the nooks and crannies of the wreath and
not burn my fingers.




Your wreath is now ready to be displayed!

Happy Creating!

Kirsten

Materials:

-Gelli Arts® 9″x12″ Gel Printing Plate

-Gelli Arts® 4″ Roller

-Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints

-Paper to print on (I used a Kraft colored
paper)

-Found materials to use for texture when
printing 
(some suggestions are: stencils, fancy yarn, cardboard
tubes, produce netting, homemade foam stamps)

-Glue Gun

-Skewer

-Willow Wreath


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29 thoughts on “Fall Inspired Wreath with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Papers by Kirsten Varga”

  1. So wonderful and colorful. I like how the colors you used aren't traditional fall orange or brown. Has more punch. Thanks

    1. Haha, I agree! I am still learning when it comes to creating video tutorials. I am looking forward to making each one better than the one before it.

  2. Your pretty cut out leaves from your Gelli prints makes me wonder what other shape would work for a wreath…perhaps hearts for Valentine's Day

  3. This is awesome!…and I am not a "wreath lover". I plan on making one of these for my daughter's dorm door. She's a fine art major..she'll love it! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Not long. If you already have some printed papers ready to go I am sure you could finish this project in an afternoon. It all depends on how much you arrange and rearrange the leaves, which I caught myself doing over and over. Finally I just told myself to commit and glue them down!!

  4. I'm thinking that using rolled paper tubes, one stuck into the next to make a long story, then twisted around & around, could make a faux wreath. It won't necessarily be as stiff as Willow, but could be a fun alternative.

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