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Let’s Play with Lace and a Gelli Plate®

How to make textured and patterned Gelli prints® with cheap lace video for the week's Let's Play link party! Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

What neglected supply did I find to play with today?  A roll of stiff white lace.  Anything that is white in my studio begs to have some color added. But what colors?

Darker colors that I rarely use. Why?  Using often ignored supplies makes playing exciting because it is almost like the supplies are new again to me.

New to Let’s Play?  It’s all about how to let go and embrace the fun of artful play.  Each Tuesday, there’s a new link party where I’m sharing my play and you can link up to share your play.  And yes, it can be any creative play!  Plus there’s a monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway!

How to make textured and patterned Gelli prints® with cheap lace video for the week's Let's Play link party!

Using the lace, you can make one color prints with a Gelli Plate® that are fast and unique like the blue ones above.  The excitement builds when you start layering the colors.  When you lift up the paper, there is that rush of wondering what will appear!  The purple/green print is probably my favorite.  It screams mermaid tails to me.

How to make textured and patterned Gelli prints® with cheap lace video for the week's Let's Play link party!

Here’s my play and I’m looking forward to seeing your play in this week’s link party!

Watch How to Gelli Print® with lace and build up layers of color on YouTube.

Let's Play February all about showing neglected art supplies some love and weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person.  Giveaway closes Monday, Feb 28th at 8am EST and will be announced the following Tuesday.

New to Let’s Play?  You can find out all about it, what you can share (and it is almost anything), why your play (yes YOURs!) helps others to play, plus other info here.

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Link up etiquette  

  • If you see something you like, leave a comment on their photo or blog post and show some love – let them know they inspired you! 
  • Share your recent play (any form of creativity is welcome) that hasn’t been linked up to a Let’s Play before ( limit 3 per week please)
  • Add a link back to to this post so that others can find it, be sparked, and join the fun!
  • New link party begins each Tuesday..sometimes even late Monday night… 
  • Enter the giveaway for the $50 gift certificate by linking up (and you get a bonus chance for sharing your fun) or by leaving a comment telling something you liked about one of the photos shared in the link party. One comment per person on this week’s blog post.  The winner will be announced on the first Tuesday of the following month. You can find all the details about Let’s Play here.

You can upload a photo or use a URL or Instagram.  Not sure how to find a URL or link up? Check out this page of Let’s Play FAQs.

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  • Robin February 15, 2016, 9:38 pm

    I just purchased my first gelli plate and will be checking out your video tutorials. Follow you on g+ YouTube. Awesome.

  • Jean Marmo February 15, 2016, 9:52 pm

    Oh – love this!! PRetty sure I have some lace lying around!!

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith February 16, 2016, 8:10 am

    Loving the ghost prints and now your laces are so much more colourful!

    • Rose McGuinn February 20, 2016, 1:02 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. I really like how the laces look now. I wonder what Carolyn will do with the colored ones?

  • Arianna Barbara February 16, 2016, 10:40 am

    Oh wow! I love how you mix the colours!!!! And I love the beautiful Inky Dinky Doodle’s project” The butterfly is simply stunning!!!

  • Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill February 16, 2016, 10:45 am

    Ohh…love the lace idea! They make such great patterns.

  • Jeanne February 16, 2016, 11:28 am

    Carolyn, what a cool use of that lace! I just strated playing with my 6×6 Gelli plate and am loving it. Now to move onto the 8×10!

  • Linda Ford February 16, 2016, 2:46 pm

    I just had to tell that I think these lace gelli prints are gorgeous. I wish I had some of that lace, I will have to keep a look out for something like that.

  • Yva Barbour February 16, 2016, 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the gelli printing inspiration, Carolyn! I made some inspiration cards or art journal prompt cards with my gelli plate recently. Can’t get enough of the yummy color and texture I’m surprised with each time I play with my gelli plate!

  • Valerie February 16, 2016, 6:49 pm

    I really love the color on the posted works.

  • Maria McGuire February 16, 2016, 8:19 pm

    Once again, another AWESOME Gelli Plate technique to try!!! Inspiration!!!! 🙂

  • Rose McGuinn February 16, 2016, 10:33 pm

    This time I dug out an old foam stamp set. It’d been probably about 4 or 5 years since I’d used any of the letters from it. Plus, I’d never before tried any of them using paint or gesso. Messy, sloppy, gloppy, smeary, but I am smiling! So much fun. I’ll be adding your video, Carolyn, to G+ soon.

  • Susan Schultheis February 17, 2016, 10:11 pm

    Instantly my eyes honed in on the little village. Love the colors and the doodling.

  • Irena Stefanova February 18, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Hi Carolin. It will be good for me if you share where you find from this inspiration. Thanks!

  • Nona February 19, 2016, 12:38 am

    Love how you kill two birds here, pretty colorful lace, and lots of prints to play with.

    All the play links shared are so much fun. But the second one makes me want to try to carve a stamp!

  • Annie February 19, 2016, 3:51 am

    I’m going to try this lace idea!

  • Janis in ID February 19, 2016, 4:25 am

    Carolyn……those lace prints are the most beautiful Gelli prints I have ever seen in my life!!!! I NEED TO TRY THIS!!!! Oh…..so gorgeous!!!

    What fabulous projects in the link up. I see several that I want to go visit. Thank you so much for hostessing this great idea for a linky party!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Rose McGuinn February 20, 2016, 1:05 pm

    I really enjoy how freeing this all is. It’s a blast! And your lace demo is a delight.
    OK, I confess to having no gelli plate at this point. What I did most recently is not online yet, but it’s monoprint messiness using sheet glass. I even tried something new in the process.
    Funny how freeing not caring about outcomes can be!

  • D.Ann C February 21, 2016, 12:02 pm

    This is so neat! I love lace!! I’m still trying out my Gelli plate.. The first two tries gave me less-than-stellar results, so I’m just waiting to have the time to figure out what I’m doing wrong. Bookmarking this for when I get it right – thanks for the inspiration!

  • connie felton February 22, 2016, 8:50 am

    i love all the great work i’ve seen on my journey through youtube a colorful journey and the many great people along the way i am new to site but i’ve already been enjoying the experience.

  • karenladd February 23, 2016, 6:35 pm

    Oh, I know what you mean about being so excited to see what the results of your lace gelli print will be as you lift off the paper…I always love that surprise! There’s just something about going in without a real plan and seeing what develops. Those backgrounds are gorgeous!

  • Suz February 29, 2016, 6:11 pm

    Love watching you play and have fun, Carolyn! There are wonderful results from using different kinds of lace- yours look great!
    Love the butterfly and the village. Super stuff!