Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tag Chandelier with the Gelli Arts® Stamping and Printing Kit by Kirsten Varga

I needed to make something, anything, to attempt to pull myself out of a massive creative slump I have been in as a result of a massive 1,100 mile move I made with my family a few months ago. Workable space is hard to come by in my mess of a studio as I attempt to reorganize my supplies from the unpacking.  When I feel uninspired (we’ve all been there!) I tend to make something small with easy to use supplies, simple marks and then try not to overthink it. Please tell me I am not alone! My original thought was to just make a small stack of prints and add them to my collection of collage papers or even print some patterns on some tags for future gifts. You know, something small and not too intimidating. Well, it became much more than that.
This project started out with the Gelli Arts® Stamping and Printing Kit. Having the tools I needed already picked out for me was a relief. So I gathered my paint and a stack of manila tags and got to work.
I started off with creating simple patterns on the foam so I could use them to stamp onto my Gelli Arts® printing plate. Making my own marks with a ballpoint pen on the foam was an exciting, easy and satisfying way to create my own patterns.
Included in the kit was some bubble wrap and sequin waste so it was easy to decide to use them along with my patterned foam sheets. I thought I would end with a dozen or so tags, you know ‘cause I wanted to “keep it simple”, but I was having so much fun that I ended up with 42 tags! Printed on both sides!

One side is a burst of color and the backsides are strictly monochromatic black. (Here is a tip for getting a great print from your foam “stamp”. Make sure you don’t have too much paint on your plate.)

I likened the contrast to my creative brain. Sometimes it is bursting with ideas and other times not so much. I purposely used my foam plate patterns on both sides because my creative brain still has ideas waiting to come through even when it seems like I am creatively stuck.

I decided I wanted to keep the tags together in a single project. To showcase them I took one part from a small embroidery hoop and tied the tags onto it by their strings.
Repetition is one of the strongest principles of design and makes a great visual impact.  I am so glad I got lost in the process and created such a large number of tags at once.
This project became much more than just a quick way to make something to jump-start the creative juices. I am glad I was able to find personal meaning within it and create a visual reminder for myself. Whether I am bursting with ideas or not so much, the creativity is there, ready to burst forth.


  • Gelli Arts® Stamping and Printing Kit
  • Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paints
  • Manila Tags with strings (mine are about 4.75” x 2.5”)
  • 4” embroidery hoop
  • Natural colored cotton string
I hope this inspires you and ends those dreaded creative slump days.  Happy Creating!!

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