Mixed Media Gelli Arts® Printed Accordion Fold by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today! Summer is for fun and easy crafts, so today, I’m sharing how you can make a little mixed media gel printed accordion fold that you can fill with drawings, quotes, stamped images, ephemera or photos!

Check out my video:

You can make your accordion fold as tall and long as you like. For example, I wanted my accordion fold to have four panels 6 inches tall and about 4 inches wide. So I cut a strip of paper about 6″x16 3/4″.

The kind of paper you choose makes a difference for mixed media projects like this. In the video, you can see that my paper was a bit on the thin side, and the stamping ink bled through when I stamped on top of my gel-printed accordion.

So if you intend to stamp images in your accordion fold, I suggest you test if your stamping ink bleeds through to the other side of the paper before you start gel printing.

Once you’ve masked off most of the panels in your accordion fold, the fun starts!

Fill the entire accordion fold with gel prints. The key is not to overthink it. Have a blast!

Yes, it will start to look crazy at some point; however, if you distribute the colours evenly over the paper and ensure there is no white space directly around the masks, it’s all good.

You can fill the white ‘spots’ on your gel-printed accordion with anything. For example, I used them to record some of the flowers I have in my garden!

Have fun giving it a go!



5″x7″ Gelli Arts® Printing Plate


Paper or cardstock (6 “x16¾”)

Computer paper

Repositionable adhesive roller

DIY Foam stamps

Pigment or permanent stamping ink

Alcohol ink

2″ soft rubber brayer


Acrylic paint

(Baby) oil


Paint marker

Glue stick

Favorite pens and coloured pencils


Michael’s Stores

Blick Art Materials


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3 thoughts on “Mixed Media Gelli Arts® Printed Accordion Fold by Marsha Valk”

  1. I’m so thrilled to watch a video where it’s not all picture perfect and you show us the mistakes and even give a hint as to how to fix them. Brilliant!

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