Monoprinting with Embossing Folders

June 23, 2015

Hi! It’s Marsha here today, sharing an art journal page I created using the Gelli Plate.

I recently spent a whole day monoprinting at a class taught by two of my friends. It was very inspiring and the idea for this page came from that class.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinting with Embossing Folders - Owl Art Journal Gelli Print

I’ve been wanting to use the sentence on the page ever since I got the owl die. It translates as ‘Hoot, I love you’. It rhymes in Dutch dialect and it happens to be one of those silly things my husband and I say to each other at home.

Here are the written steps to create the page:

1. Die cut the shapes you want to use out of paper. I used scissors to cut clouds. You can also use a circle die to die cut the sun shape. The All Seasons Tree die would be good to use here as well.

2. Take a sheet of paper (mine was A5 size – 8.27 x 5.83 inches) and think about which parts you want to mask off. Use a re-positional adhesive to adhere the die-cut shapes to the paper.

3. Choose a couple of paint colours and start monoprinting. I started with the sun, then the sky, then the grass and I stenciled the heart in last.

4. To create the pattern in the sky and the grass, layer paint onto the Gelli Plate and then use an embossing folder to stamp on the plate.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Monoprinting with Embossing Folders - Owl Art Journal Gelli Print

5. The embossing folder will take some of the paint off, leaving a beautiful pattern that will transfer onto your paper when you pull your print.

6. Finish the page by adding additional die-cut shapes and a title or sentiment.

I created a video to give you a better idea of how I did it:

Layering like this can be a bit of a puzzle, but don’t let my little mishap stop you from trying this technique! Happy mistakes are just part of the process and most times I end up liking the imperfect prints even better.

Option: I could have masked off the owl before I printed the yellow and I also could have die cut part of the owl silhouette out of the sun mask.

I hope you try using your embossing folders with the Gelli Plate! Have fun creating!



Elizabeth Craft Designs:
E111 Flower Mosaic
E116 Mini Mosaic
794 Heart with Wings
1032 Owl
1033 Leafy Branch
781 All Seasons Tree

Paper (A5 size)
Gelli Plate (6 x 6 inches)
Acrylic paint (Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic – Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Light Blue Permanent, Light Green Permanent, Naphtol Crimson, Ultramarine Blue (Green Shade)
Brush pen (black)
Adhesive (I used re-positional and permanent dot runners)
Baby wipes

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  • Reply Sherlockhoka June 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Lovely job.

  • Reply Causeries June 23, 2015 at 9:24 am

    thanks for your vidéo.
    martine from France

  • Reply Candy Spiegel June 23, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I love that you placed a saying that means so much to you on this project!

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