Make Painted Papers for Art Making
Beginner | 10 min 36 sec
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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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Mrs Rosemary Andrews
a very simple but effective method to colour papers for various projects ,I will try this sometime ,I'm sure this looks effective in different ideas .
1 day ago
Victoria B
Fun textures on the paper. And yes, it would easy enough to do with children
3 days ago
Janet Nebeling
Some great ideas for me to explore with my own jelly plate. Short classes like this one are great for inspiration!
November 4, 2022