Stash Busting + Recycling With Gelli Arts®: Dimensional Paint Texture Plates by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today. Happy new year!

There’s no time like the beginning of a new year to make plans for new projects!

And, when thinking about new projects, I always feel a great need to organise my art supply stash. Especially since i’ve discovered a whole box of supplies that I thought I had already gotten rid of!

In it, i’ve found (among other things) a selection of puffy and dimensional paints. And, it’s been a few years since i’ve used them last. 

In cases like these, I always give myself two options: use it up or donate.

Though I initially thought maybe I did not want them anymore (hence the box), this time around I opted for stash busting instead of donating.

I recently re-watched one of Joan Bess’ videos in the Gelli Arts® archives in which she uses dimensional paints to create textured paper to print on. So when I saw the paints, I knew exactly what to do with them!

You can see Joan’s blog and video here:

A gel printer can never have enough texture tools, so I decided to create texture plates instead of textured paper.

Watch me Gelli Arts® gel print with dimensional paint texture plates:

In an attempt to bust more of my stash, I took a stash of unloved orange coloured cardstock to act as a base for the dimensional paint texture plates. 

The papers you see me gel print on are cut-offs and leftover papers too. 

I knew beforehand that I wanted to create new inserts for my traveler’s notebooks, so I trimmed all of the sheets to the exact heights I needed to match my TNs.

I choose to work with “blank” papers, instead of already gel printed papers because I wanted to make sure that my TN inserts had plenty of blank space to write on. 

However, making little books like this is also a great way to put a dent in your stash of already gel printed papers!

Please share your gel prints with us on Instagram using #gelliarts and @gelliarts – we love seeing your creations!

Happy printing!



Gelli Arts® 6×6″ Gel Printing Plate


Puffy + dimensional plates

Heavyweight cardstock

4″ roller

Acrylic paint

Sheets of paper

Thin paper

Plastic packaging

Binder clips

Paper piercer

Needle and thread

Cutting equipment


Corner punch


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2 thoughts on “Stash Busting + Recycling With Gelli Arts®: Dimensional Paint Texture Plates by Marsha Valk”

  1. The handmade texture "plates" are awesome! I love the TNs you made with the prints. Thanks for the great ideas. 🙂

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