Turn mistakes into beauty with your gelli plate

I am an avid art-journaler and have taught several art-journaling classes. Although I would tell my students there are no mistakes in your art journal, sometimes we really do have pages that just go wrong. So, I would like to share with you a quick and easy cover up technique using your gelli plate.

I recently added the small dylusions journal to my stash of art-journals. I started a page and instantly knew it wasn’t going where I wanted or expected. I decided to save it with a little gelli-plate magic.

I gessoed the page with white gesso. While the gesso dried, I pulled a few papers from my stash. I tore a few pieces of paper into smaller chunks and auditioned them on the page. Once I found their new home, I fixed them down with matte medium.


To avoid bubbling and lifting, apply each piece from one end of the paper across to the other side, slowly. You can use an old credit card or hotel room key card to help you get the paper down correctly.

Once dry, I used a black oil pastel and drew a line along where each new piece started. Using my finger I smudged the pastel. To me, adding black throughout a piece grounds it and gives it an artistic feel.


Next, I added a few elements to finish off the page. First, I stamped and watercolored a Dina Wakley Media stamp.  Second, I glued down a Dina Wakley Media tissue paper sentiment from her new release. I found the perfect saying, “Turn Mistakes Into Beauty”. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I hope it inspires you not to give up on a “ruined” page.




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