Make Painted Papers for Art Making
All levels | 10 min 36 sec
Make Painted Papers for Art Making
The depth, texture, and whimsy of cut-paper illustration begins with one thing: beautiful papers.  Artist and children’s book illustrator Dawn M. Cardona demonstrates how to play with acryla gouache on a Gelli plate to make uniquely textured papers to use in your crafts. You can apply these papers to other classes taught by Dawn, or use them to add interest to any collage or drawing projects. While this process is instantly gratifying, you’ll be rewarded by experimenting on papers with different weights, textures, and colors in order to make them uniquely yours.

To see more of Dawn's classes that use the papers made in this class, visit her artist page here.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Gelli plate
  • Paint brush, flat or round
  • Acryla Gouache paints or fluid acrylics
  • Cup with water
  • Brayer
  • Posca pens 
  • Colored pencils 
  • Caran d'Ache Neocolor II artist crayons
  • Various papers: vintage, Bristol, graph, colored, maps, etc.
Learn how to:
  • Use a Gelli plate to create textured canvases
  • Use colored pencils and crayons to add depth 
  • Build a stash of beautiful paper for art making

What you'll get:
  • Video lessons on how to use a Gelli plate to make decorative papers
  • 2 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Dawn M. Cardona
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
257 users recommended this class to a friend
Nancy Rushton
I have done lots of gelli printing. This one shows how adding water and using gouache creates a nice texture. This is a good, quickie video that will give you a new technique to add to your gelli repertoire.
March 9
Kathy Sherlock-Green
I never thought about using gauche with my gel plate. I like the effect it has when combined with water.
March 8, 2023
Michelle Balts
It was so fun to watch Dawn see what would happen to each piece of paper as she applied it to the mat. Now I have to get one to have fun experimenting myself. Thanks for sharing your love of painted paper for art making!
March 3, 2023