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Making a Rope Texture Tool for Gelli Printing

A Colorful Gelli Print Party video tutorial using rope to make your own texture tool for Gelli Printing

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Just about anything can become a tool to use for Gelli Printing.  A bit of rope, glue, and cardboard have endless possibilities on the Gelli Plate. Check out the video for this month’s Colorful Gelli Print Party to see how easy this is to make!

Watch Making a Rope Texture Tool for Gelli Printing on YouTube.

A Colorful Gelli Print Party video tutorial using rope to make your own texture tool for Gelli Printing

To make a rope texture stamping tool you need rope.  What kind?  I used super cheap clothesline from the hardware store. Any size rope will work, just make sure it is a cotton type of rope so it will absorb paint.

A Colorful Gelli Print Party video tutorial using rope to make your own texture tool for Gelli Printing

 

Use tacky glue to glue your shapes down and let it dry completely.  This was the toughest part for me but it is very important that the glue is completely dry before using it on the Gelli Plate.

Below you can see some of the prints made with DecoArt Media line of acrylic paints and my eyeball shaped rope stamp.

A Colorful Gelli Print Party video tutorial using rope to make your own texture tool for Gelli Printing

 

A Colorful Gelli Print Party video tutorial using rope to make your own texture tool for Gelli Printing

There is more to Gelli Printing than just the prints.  The paper that you clean off your brayer on, stamped bits of paint from the texture tool onto paper, even the texture tool itself all become colorful pieces to use in your art.

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Want more Gelli Plate inspiration?  Check out all the Colorful Gelli Print Parties. 

Want to see what others are making with the Gelli Plate?  Take a look in the Google+ community, A Colorful Playground.    And while you’re there – share what you’ve been making!  New to Google+? No problem! We’re all learning that together.

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  • Heather Davis December 31, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, looks like a great idea. So simple.

  • Corrine December 31, 2014, 6:28 pm

    So fun. Love the texture that shows up too! xox

  • Rebecca January 1, 2015, 9:14 am

    Once again you inspire, Carolyn! Thank you..this is a fun idea, and I love the colors you used!

  • HelenRae Tarantino January 1, 2015, 11:02 am

    Thank you for sharing! I am like you I am always looking at textures for my gelli plate ! I got a poinsettia place mat for 80% off…..it will be my first try this year???and then the rope! Love you girlfriend!

  • Cheryl January 1, 2015, 2:26 pm

    You are awesome! Love you and your muse. Thanks for sharing all your very cool ideas.

  • Janj January 1, 2015, 2:56 pm

    What a fantastic idea…the rope makes wonderful texture!
    I just got my gelli plate so I am ready to ink it up. Thanks for the terrific videos…you are a great inspiration!

  • Cathy B January 1, 2015, 2:57 pm

    Way cool idea Carolyn! Can’t wait to give it a try. Say, do you use cardstock or plain typing paper to pull the majority of your prints? Just wondering.
    Thanks so much for ALL the videos you share with us. You are a true inspiration! :0)

    • Carolyn Dube January 2, 2015, 9:06 am

      When doing tutorial videos I often use white cardstock or white scrap paper so it is easier for the camera to pick up the details in a Gelli Print. When printing off camera it just depends on what is within arms reach.

  • Jean Marmo January 1, 2015, 5:18 pm

    Quite cool! Love the texture from the rope!

  • Vicki ross January 1, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Great, Carolyn…I noticed how you carefully picked out analogous colors…and have made a mental note to me!

  • Cat kerr January 2, 2015, 2:33 am

    Awesome tutorial girlfriend!!!

  • Kathy Gledsdale January 2, 2015, 7:14 am

    Love your enthusiasm, your art and your videos. Happy New year xx

  • Win Dinn January 2, 2015, 8:30 am

    Love the ‘out of the box’ thinking, Carolyn. I may try this with string squiggles, too.

  • Ellie Knol January 2, 2015, 10:46 am

    Gorgeous idea, so simple to just use rope, so many beautiful prints!

  • Sylvia Tabor January 4, 2015, 1:03 pm

    brilliant, Carolyn!! I love, LOVE that texture from the rope!!! Wow!!!

  • Raine January 4, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I LOVE it! Hubby got a gift certificate to Lowe’s for Christmas. I know what I’m getting with it…ROPE!

  • Chris January 10, 2015, 10:56 am

    I love your playfulness with everyday objects. The rope leaves such a great texture. I love your videos!

  • Carolyn Morgan January 19, 2015, 3:19 pm

    I recently discovered your blog. I got a Gelli plate for Christmas (with very specific prompting to my guys ;} .) I am loving your tutorials and wonderful creativity. Ya, I am already addicted!