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Turning Junk into a Tool for Gelli Printing®

Old paint lids become an upcycled tool for making patterns for Gelli printing®! Lots of info in the video!

This is a technological marvel that involved intense engineering to create a pattern making tool for the Gelli Plate®.  Okay…no engineering…just gluing.  It might not be fancy technology but it is just as much fun when it comes time to make a pattern! I repurposed old paint lids and cardboard then let myself build up layers on my papers.

Old paint lids become an upcycled tool for making patterns for Gelli printing®! Lots of info in the video!

What color did I want?  I couldn’t decide so I grabbed the rainbow.  Turns out I didn’t use it all…but it’s nice to have the option.

In the video, I share how I built the very advanced tool and how the layers of color build up.  The tongue was tied as I talked, but that was just an Oops, an opportunity for you to see how my mind and mouth communicate some days…which isn’t very well!

Watch Turning Junk in a Tool for Gelli Printing® on YouTube.

If you’re new to the Gelli Plate®, I have a getting started page with all sorts of information for you here.

Here’s all I needed to upcycle and repurpose the old paint lids destined for the trash…cardboard, glue of some kind, and a way to spread the glue.

Old paint lids become an upcycled tool for making patterns for Gelli printing®! Lots of info in the video!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

Here are the papers you saw me create by building up layers in the video. These will make great papers for collaging!  Or maybe I will rubber stamp on them! Or maybe I will use them for an art journal background!Old paint lids become an upcycled tool for making patterns for Gelli printing®! Lots of info in the video!

 

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  • Caroline Duncan July 30, 2015, 8:42 pm

    Great idea for the lids! Gelli printing is always fun no matter what you use!

  • Kathy Gledsdale July 31, 2015, 9:38 am

    I bet you were wonderful at telling children’s stories to your kids, your enthusiasm is very infectious and fun. Great results with your lids, I have those same glorious but died up paints too! Now I know what to do with them. Thank you xx

  • stephanie July 31, 2015, 10:09 am

    An engineering art marvel for sure 🙂

  • Judy Shea July 31, 2015, 2:44 pm

    I love this..but I can’t stop looking at the colors on your gelli plate. You must lift that. I bet it would be cool.

  • PennyD August 2, 2015, 5:45 pm

    A very cool idea of reusing an item. Maybe even usable not on a gelli plate. Plain paper?