Tangling and Gel Printing with the Gelli Arts® Quatrefoil Mini Printing Plate with Marsha Valk Lesson Plan


  • Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create a tangling book
  • SWBAT demonstrate an understanding of the tangling making process
  • SWBAT comprehend pattern design and the creative process through color and stamp choices
  • SWBAT master the use of limited color through the limited process in this lesson


  • What is a tangling?
  • What is limited color?
  • Who created tangle?


  • Gelli Arts® Quatrefoil Mini Gel Printing Plate 
  • Paper 
  • Cutting equipment 
  • Scoring equipment 
  • Glue stick 
  • Acrylic stamping block 
  • Fast drying stamping ink 
  • Scissors 
  • Repositionable adhesive 
  • Acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana Premium Carbon Black and Primary Cyan) 
  • 2” roller 
  • Rubber stamps (Rubbermoon, all by designer Nathalie Kalbach) 
  • Pens, pencils 
  • Tangle patterns by Hanny Waldburger, Anoeska Waardenburg, Suzanne McNeill, Karry Heun and Zentangle.com 


Tangle – To twist together into a confused mass (tangling is the verb form)

STEP BY STEP PROCESS (See full process above in video!)

In the video, you see me create an accordion- folded booklet. I chose to make it 9×9 cm, which is very close to 3.5″ x 3.5″. You can make the accordion any size you want, and you can easily adapt the length of the accordion to be shorter or longer. 

The Quatrefoil mini printing plate is part of the latest set of Gelli Arts® Mini Printing Plates. The set also includes an octagon and a diamond- shaped mini. This trio is perfect for creating lots of fun prints. 

When using cling rubber stamps as a mark maker for gel printing with acrylic paint, you need to be mindful of not letting any of the paint dry on your stamps, as that could ruin them. 

Try to wipe off any paint residue as soon as you can, or keep a bucket of water nearby to temporarily store your stamps until you can clean them properly. 

Do you like to sketch, doodle or tangle on your gel prints? Please share it with us on Instagram using #gelliarts and #gelliartsinspiration . We love seeing your creations!   Happy printing!  

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