Gelli Printed Peony - Three Ways: Cards & Journal Pages

Nicole Watson
April 10, 2018
December 4, 2017

Today I’m making gelli plate prints with Donna’s “Big Peony Blossom” stencil and turning them into three different projects. I love how this peony blossom is transformed by simply cutting it into card fronts, circles, and keeping it whole for three different looks with one stencil.

Three Projects - One Stencil!

First, a bunch of simple cards, next an art journal page that’s inspired by Kandinsky’s “Color Study – Squares with Concentric Circles.” 

Project #1
Project #2

Finally, the third project features one of my favorite prints from the printing session on a journal page enhanced by paint splatters and Donna's stamps

This project is featured on my YouTube page and linked here.

Project #3

Have you tried gelli printing? Gelli printing is a tool I use to break a blank page, discover new paint colors, or for times I want to create but just don't know what to do! Donna's stencils are excellent tools to use on the gelli plate. In just an hour, I created more prints than I needed for these projects with many extras for future creations (and only used one stencil)!

Look at all these leftover prints!

Printing on plain paper and book pages is fun and inspiring. I just happened to print on a few pages from Pride and Prejudice. Wouldn't these make fun gifts for one of your book-loving friends?

Chapter 18 from Pride and Prejudice

Besides Donna's stencil and Kandinsky, my inspiration also came from circles. This year I’m participating in #the100dayproject, and my 100 days are all about circles. Each day I’m creating a new journal page with circles as the main focal point. To see all my pages, check out my hashtag #100daysofnicolescircles on Instagram. This Kandinsky inspired page is day 8 of my 100 days. The other showcased gelli printing page is from day 5 of my 100 days.


The supplies are featured in the video above, and you can find most of them in Donna's shop! While you’re here on Donna’s website, grab the big peony blossom stencil so you can make these projects, too!

After you've tried this technique, hop over to to the donna downey : Community of Artists facebook page and share what you created! I'd love to see your journal pages and/or cards. And, if you liked my cards, check out my etsy shop to purchase them or any of my other creations.

Happy creating! 

Nicole :)

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Hi! I’m Nicole Watson, a Midwest girl who married a Southern boy and now lives in Houston, Texas.

Art has always been a constant for me … from collecting random bits of paper at a young age, to selling my first painting in high school, then discovering mixed media while studying art and design at Iowa State University (ISU). Other stops along my art journey include scrapbooking, card making, freelance photography, and layout/graphic design.

I enjoy the messy hands that result from creating. Mixed media allows me to discover new art forms while uniquely combining the things I love most—whether fun mediums like watercolor, pastel, or acrylic on canvas to textural elements like gesso, ephemera, and other found objects.

My proudest accomplishments this past year include completing Donna’s 48 Weeks class and binding the 17 plus pound journal that resulted, as well as finishing my Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree/Russian Studies minor as a distance student at ISU.

After taking many online and in-person art classes and creating in my studio, I’m excited to begin sharing my art with the world while hopefully inspiring others to do the same.