Printed Valentine Hearts with Gelli Arts® with Birgit Koopsen Lesson Plan


  • Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create textured prints using the Gelli Arts® plate.
  • SWBAT create cards and decorations for the holiday.
  • SWBAT make wire hearts.


  • Gelli Arts® gel plate
  • Red and pink paints
  • Stencils
  • Stamps
  • Mark-making tools
  • Thin wire
  • Scissors
  • Matte medium (or glue)
  • Washi tape.


Step 1: Start with your Gelli Arts® plate, all the pink and red paints, washi tapes, heart stencils, and stamps that you can find. Print on Parchment Paper or other thin transparent papers.

Step 2: Print a bunch of first layers. Don’t add any texture from stencils or stamps yet. Use at least two or three colors to get interesting prints. When you have a whole bunch, move onto printing the second layer.

In this stage, use stencils, stamps, and mark-making tools to add textures.

Step 3: Now, take some thin, bendable wire and create heart shapes. Create some with a “stem” at the bottom and some without one.

Step 4: Cut pieces of printed-paper into heart shapes just a little bigger than the wire shapes.

Step 5: Lay them right side down and apply matte medium on the back. Now place the wire heart on top and fold the paper around the wire.

Step 6: The hearts with a “stem” need a heart on the back as well. Cut the heart shape a little smaller than the wire heart and glue it on the back to cover up folds and the backside of the paper.

The hearts without a stem are now ready to use, for instance on cards.

Step 7: Use skewers to create heart flowers. Adhere them to the wire hearts with some washi tape, and then cover the whole skewer with washi tape. These can now be displayed in a vase or small bottle.

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