Monday, July 31, 2017

Decoupage with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Parchment Paper

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a colorful back-to-school project!

Keep your school files, stationery and magazines organized in these magazine files decoupaged with Gelli Arts® Gel Printed Parchment Paper.

You can easily adapt the colors to match your home decor, and it’s a DIY project that kids will enjoy too!

Step 1:
I decided to use paper die-cuts, that I cut with an electronic die-cutting machine, as masks. I kept the paper that was surrounding the cut-outs and used that as a stencil.

Roll acrylic paint out onto the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate with a brayer, place the paper stencil on top and pull a print with the parchment paper.

Step 2:
Use a brayer to roll paint out on a craft sheet (or another sheet of parchment paper). Then use the brayer to transfer the paint onto the Gelli Arts® mini gel printing plate of your choice.

Place a die-cut or mask on top of the parchment paper and stamp with the Gelli Arts® mini gel printing plate over the die-cut.

Step 3:
Use your favorite tools to make marks all over the sheet of parchment paper.

Step 4:
Use any of the left over rolled out paint to stamp images with (cling) rubber or foam stamps.

Don’t let any paint dry on the stamps. Clean the stamps immediately or keep a bowl of water nearby to temporarily keep them in until you are ready to clean the paint off.

Step 5:
Gesso and then lightly sand a store-bought wooden magazine file or any other object you’d like to alter.

The surface of the object needs to be as smooth as possible.

Step 6:
Tear the printed parchment paper into smaller pieces.

Brush enough decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge, onto the magazine file for one or two pieces of parchment paper at a time.

Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the glue and then brush over the paper to adhere, burnish and seal it at the same time. Let each new piece of parchment paper overlap the previously adhered piece.

Use a discarded plastic gift card or hotel key card to smooth out larger air bubbles.

Repeat until the magazine file is covered completely.

Step 7:
Leave the glue to dry completely. Trim the edges if necessary and then put the Gelli Arts® gel printed magazine file on display in your home!

Enjoy your day!

Gelli Arts®:
8" x 10" Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Round Mini Kit
Gelli Arts® Minis - Set of 3 Mini Gel Printing Plates (Round, Square, and Triangle)
Gelli Arts® Minis - Set of 3 Mini Gel Printing Plates (Oval, Rectangle, & Hexagon)
4" Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer

Acrylic paint
Die-cuts or masks (Silhouette cut files by Nic Squirrell: Seashell, Seashells Wreath or Garland)
Cosmetic sponge
Rubber stamps (Nathalie Kalbach for Rubbermoon: Cross Circle, Running)
Waterproof stamping ink (StazOn)
Wooden magazine file (IKEA)

Decoupage glue (Mod Podge)

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