Gelli Print on Clear Packing Tape

It’s that time again. It’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?!

And the answer is:  Gelli prints, Gelli Plate prints, and Gelli  Monoprints. Ha, ha. Thought if I mixed up the names a bit I might make it sound a bit more interesting. I’m getting a bit stir crazy as I plod my way towards my 101 prints target!

 Gelli Prints

But I digress . . .

. . . Returning to my Gelli Plate Monoprinting Board on my Pinterest account I found a video describing how to make a print using clear parcel tape (packing tape to those of you across The Pond)! It’s a very different approach from most of the other videos out there because it requires the paint to dry on the plate. So you’ll need a bit of patience!

Excellent written instructions can be found here:  Gelli Transfer Prints and here’s the video:

I found this to be much easier to do than the Mask on Gelli Print one and I’m pleased with the results.


Clear Parcel Tape Gelli Print


I brayered on a layer of yellow and green acrylic paint and then added various marks using an old food container lid, corrugated cardboard, a drinking straw, a cake making tool, a plastic fork and a rubber tipped tool.

There were about 5 periods where I needed to stop and wait for the paint to dry before continuing.

This is the final print still on the plate. Note the clear gaps.





After lifting the print with the packing tape I added music, book pages, kitchen foil and gold foil to the sticky side. This is the result after lifting the paint from the Gelli Plate.

Packing Tape Gelli Print

I’m thinking I could make some pretty tags from these. What do you think?
Linking to Linking to A Colorful Gelli Print Party June, Thriving On Thursdays and Inspire Me Monday

15 comments to “Gelli Print on Clear Packing Tape”

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  1. Helen - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

    I think these are fab Gillian – what a great idea. I still have one pristine Gelli Plate waiting to get out of its packaging and I think you may just have liberated it! Thank you for sharing the link. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 78

    • Gillian - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

      Come on Helen. Get that Gelli Plate out. You know you want to! 🙂

    • pat j whittle - 29 Mar, 2014 Reply

      I just love working with the gelli plates. I am still trying to make up my mind about what to do with the packing tape ones. I am a mixed media artist and am trying to make them available for my art.

      • Gillian - 29 Mar, 2014 Reply

        I used some of my packing tape gellis on some of my Christmas cards last year. Not an obvious use but they looked really nice. I should have taken a pic!

  2. Monique - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

    I think they look wonderful and would make great tags.
    Have wonderful week, Happy WOYWW. xx

  3. Ria Gall - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

    That is a first for me seeing a gelli plate being used like that. I am still on the fence about do I need one in my craft room. I love what you have done with your print and I am sure you will do a lot more
    Have a great WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #47

    • Gillian - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

      Hi Ria. Thanks for the comment. I must admit it’s harder than I thought it was going to be to produce prints I really like. This is one that went particularly well. Feel free to follow me on the blog. I’m aiming for 101 prints trying a number of techniques. It might help you decide whether you want to get one or not. Mind you. Once I’ve got a pile of prints I’ll need to find satisfactory ways to use them. Have a fun week too.

  4. julia dunnit - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

    This may be the first result from gelli printing that hasnt made me think ‘oh look, more of the same’. That may be unjust, but it’s a reaction! Love the choice of colours you’ve made too, but most, I like the shiny result of this technique!

    • Gillian - 19 Jun, 2013 Reply

      What a lovely comment. Thanks Julia!

  5. Pam - 20 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Still trying to justify getting a gelli plate but you may have convinced me!! Happy (late) WOYWW. Pam#38

  6. Bleubeard and Elizabeth - 21 Jun, 2013 Reply

    I actually saw that technique on someone’s blog. I also saw you had to wait till everything was completely dry to pull the print. I don’t have a gelli, but I’ve tried pulling prints from my plexiglass plate and the results were not that good. Love what you did. Have a super slightly late WOYWW from #17.

  7. Karen - 23 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Wow, yes I think these would make some lovely tags or cards even. Fabulous xx
    Happy WOYWW
    Karen #131 x

  8. Carolyn Dube - 26 Jun, 2013 Reply

    These would make amazing tags! Thanks for sharing with the party!

  9. Michelle V. Alkerton - 27 Jun, 2013 Reply

    You did a wonderful job with the transfer technique. I just watched that video yesterday and was intrigued.
    Stay inspired!

  10. Gillian - 27 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Thanks eveyone for your lovely comments. They’re very much appreciated!

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