Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printed Suncatcher

Hi there! It’s Marsha back again with another sunny craft idea for kids!
Watch my video to get a better idea of how it works:

These colourful suncatchers feature the packing tape transfer technique. Instead of covering the Gelli® Plate with acrylic paint and pulling prints from the wet paint, you build layers of paint, letting them dry on the plate before removing them using packing tape or clear contact paper.

Each layer of paint needs to dry completely before you can add another, so depending on the amount of layers, there will be more or less ‘waiting for paint to dry’ time involved.

When you want to try this technique with kids, I suggest you use the fastest drying acrylic paint you have in your stash and try and keep the paint layers as thin as possible.

You can of course use the drying time to cut a few DIY craft foam stamps. Or you can choose to work on the different paint layers over the course of a couple of days.

Step 1:
Gather the acrylic paint colours, stamping tools and stencils you want to use.

Step 2:
Apply paint to the plate of your choice. I started out with the 8” x 10” Gelli® Plate because my largest photo frame was 8” x 8” and I chose the 5” x 7” plate for the smaller transfers.
When you are done with the first layer of paint, leave it to dry completely. Once dry you can (finger)paint, stamp and stencil more paint on top.

The drying time ensures that you do not unintentionally smear the paint marks you’ve just made and it also saves the background from turning a shade of mud.

Step 3:
Once you are happy with all the coloured layers, it’s time for one last paint layer: the real art work.
I chose black paint for the final layer because I wanted my transfer to mimic the look of stained glass. 

You can finger paint a pattern or you can paint the outlines of your favourite pet or object.

Step 4:
Now the paint needs to dry thoroughly, overnight if possible.

Step 5:
Cut a sheet of contact paper to the size of your Gelli® Plate and adhere it on top of the painted layers. Burnish it well with an old plastic (gift) card. Then pull it from the plate just like you would pull a print.

Stick the contact paper transfer onto a transparency. You can also adhere it directly onto the glass in the photo frame, but I found this easier to handle.

Step 6:
Get two (inexpensive) photo frames of the same size. Remove the (plexi)glass from one of the frames and discard the frame.

Place the contact paper transfer in the other frame and replace the back piece with the (plexi)glass from the first frame.

Step 7:
If you want to hang the suncatcher, screw two hooks into the frame and attach a chain or sturdy nylon cord to the hooks.

Step 8:
Find the suncatcher a nice window and enjoy the colourful view!


Gelli Arts®
Gelli® Plate 8" x 10”and 5” x 7”

Acrylic paint (Deco Art Americana, Brilliant Red, Calypso Blue, 
Dragon Fruit, Foliage Green, Indian Turquoise, Lamp (Carbon) Black, 
Olive Green, Tangelo Orange, Yellow Light, Sea Aqua, 
Snow (Titanium) White, Wisteria)
Clear contact paper or packing tape
Inexpensive photo frames (two of the same size for each suncatcher)
Craft foam
Craft knife
Cosmetic sponge
Old plastic (gift) card

Optional: Screw-hooks and chain or nylon cord

PS: Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts and #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli® retailer near you!


  1. COOL!!!!! Great idea for grand kids! And 'us' older kids to do!! Thanks!


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