Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printed Fall Bouquet

Hi there! It’s Marsha here with a fall decor idea that is fun for kids as well as adults!

First things first - gather leaves. You do not have to dry the leaves before you print them, but flattened leaves are easier to print on, so press them between the pages of an old book before getting started.

Bare in mind that if the leaves are completely fresh, they will dry out after gelli® printing and that means they can warp and buckle.

If you don’t want that to happen, press them in the old book for a while once the print is dry.

Step 1:
Start gelli® printing! This project works in two ways: use the leaves as masks to create beautiful leaf gelli® prints on paper and be sure to cover both sides of each leaf with paint in the proces.

Step 2:
Once you have all sides of all leaves covered, you can throw some stencils into the mix. Look for stencils that have clear patterns. These leave the best visible impressions on the leaves.
Don’t forget to pull some ghost prints!

My main focus was on printing the leaves, but each time I saw a really interesting pattern left on the Gelli® Plate after printing the leaves, I pulled a print on a fresh sheet of paper to preserve it.

Step 3:
Use the NEW GelliArts® Round Mini Kit to stamp another layer onto the leaves. Alternate colours and marks made with punchinella and the 3-sided texture tool.

Step 4:
Add the finishing touch by splattering some black paint onto the printed leaves. I like to tap onto a paint marker to create splatter.

Step 5:
Let the leaves dry for a bit and then attach each leaf to a wire. Just wrap the wire around the stem of the leaf and then reinforce it with tape.

Wrap two or three wires together to form a branch.
I covered the wires with masking tape because I wanted to be able to paint the branches. You can easily substitute the masking tape with coloured or washi tape.

Step 6:
Paint the branches and let dry - once completely they're all dry place where everyone can enjoy!!

Have fun arranging your colorful leaves in a vase!

- Marsha Valk


Gelli Arts®:

Acrylic paint (Royal Talens Amsterdam: Azo Yellow Medium, 
Reflex Rose, Titanium White, Turquoise Blue, Ultramarine Violet)
Paint marker (Posca: black)
Stencils (Nathalie Kalbach for 
Stencil Girl Products: Buenos Aires, Toledo)

Masking tape


  1. really fun bouquet !!!
    thanks !

  2. LOVE off to give it a go.

  3. I am totally in love with these fun and beautiful leaves! I think my granddaughter and I will go leaf hunting tomorrow and choose some nice ones from the millions that are on our lawn, driveway and neighbors lawns! We are going to have loads of fun decorating them! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Barbara! Have fun decorating!

  4. That is cool and looks fun. Thought the fast forwarding was too fast. There wasn't enough time to focus and look at each effect.

    1. Thank you! I hope you try it starthome! The written steps are right here on the blog, if you need to consult them.

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