Gel Printing with Thread, Yarn and Rope by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog. It’s Birgit here today and I’m going to show you an easy and fun technique to create beautiful organic texture using thread, yarn and rope.

When I start a session like this I like to have both white (copier) paper and colorful printed paper on hand so first you can have some fun creating random colorful prints or find some in your stash.

With this technique, you can build up many layers and still see the previous layers. Also you can pull beautiful prints from the paint that was underneath the thread, yarn or rope on your plate after pulling the first print. I have to admit that I might love these even more. 

This is a can’t go wrong technique! If you don’t like your print add another one on top until you’re satisfied. Just make sure the prints are dry in between adding layers so your colors stay bright and crisp!

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy printing!!


Products used:

Gelli Arts® gel printing plate 5”x7”

Acrylic paint: Gelli Arts®, Deco Art premium and DecoArts Media Fluid

Speedball soft rubber brayer

Heavy (200 gr.) copier paper

A variety of thread, yarn and rope.


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3 thoughts on “Gel Printing with Thread, Yarn and Rope by Birgit Koopsen”

  1. Patricia Howarth

    Hi Birgit, I enjoy watching all your tutorials and this is no exception, what absolutely 'amazing' prints you have created here, it has given me inspiration to try using 'different' items with my gelli plates. Thank you so much. Lots of love from Patricia xx

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