Gelli Plate Printing Ideas with Carolyn Dube!

A guest post by Carolyn Dube

My Gelli Plate is becoming the little black dress of my artful supplies. Why? It’s versatile and fun!

Just about anything can become a tool to use on the Gelli Plate. Found objects, such a lids and caps, are a fast way to make circles. To create bolder thicker circles, add hot glue around the edges. As long as you have that glue gun heated up, add a bit of hot glue to cardboard to make a custom stamp to use on the plate. This print was made by twisting an empty vitamin bottle with a bit of craft foam.




Creating rich papers is a snap. Textures transfer beautifully.  These dots are thanks to using a piece of ordinary burlap on the Gelli Plate. Layers build up effortlessly and adding a touch of metallic paint adds magic to a paper.


Different types of paints have different results and benefits on the Gelli Plate. Using dimensional fabric paints allows for color pulling. Open Acrylics by Golden keep the paints open or workable longer so the level of detail that can be achieved is amazing.



The Gelli Plate works wonderfully with paints for textiles so that it can create washable fabrics. In the video I show you how to turn any acrylic paint into fabric paint!



Want videos explaining all the techniques in this article?  No problem! You can find them and more at

Carolyn Dube is an art adventurer and educator. Get in touch with the creativity inside yourself as she inspires with entertaining tutorials that invite you to play and laugh along side her. Join Carolyn on her blog, A Colorful Journey, on Facebook, and at Google+. Her stencils are available at StencilGirl Products.

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One Response to Gelli Plate Printing Ideas with Carolyn Dube!

  1. jean says:

    Love Carolyn’s work! Great idea using fabric!