Keeping it Simple — Project #1 2013 A Bit of Gelli Madness

Decluttering some business files from 1998 – yes you read that correctly – 1998 – left a stack of discarded file folders that were pretty ratty.  As I was contemplating what to do with them, the gelli plate popped into the corner of my eye.  With a whole stack of stencils, rubber stamps, fingers making marks in the acrylic paint, I was able to gelli up those folders and turn them into something viable again.   As I saw all the colorful results it occurred to me that maybe a folder journal would be in the making. There are so many layers of paint on these that they stand up by themselves….wooha.

The gelli is a great way to snazzy up any old thing and give it new life.  Hop on over to Carolyn Dube’s  A Colorful Gelli  Print Party and see what everyone else is doing…..IMG_5447 IMG_5459 IMG_5453 IMG_5443 IMG_5445 IMG_5446


25 Responses to “Keeping it Simple — Project #1 2013 A Bit of Gelli Madness”

  1. NancyLee January 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    That is such a good idea! As a retired first grade teacher I threw many of those away.
    Now add a label and you are ready to go!

  2. Carolyn Dube January 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Oh Oh Oh OHHHHH! This is such a genius idea! I might actually be excited to do paper work and filing if I had folders like this! What a great gift idea too! What a fun way to bring painting and color to usually drab places! I may have to call the fire department because all the sparks that are flying here might turn into a bonfire!!!

  3. Jessica Sporn January 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    These are stunning . What a great way to recycle old folders — I think a gelli journal sounds like a great idea!

  4. Pamela January 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Wow — those are making me have the urge to file something!!!

  5. Gloria J Zucaro January 2, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Wow! Those are really beautiful! I could see you making tags with that nice weight of paper, too.

  6. Snap January 2, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    What a great idea! Now I know why I was saving all those old folders! 😀 😀

  7. annie! January 2, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    OK…now I guess I’ll have to go organize that dang file cabinet.

  8. Judy Shea January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Oh boy.. what fun… the recycle queen has struck again. LOVE!!!!

  9. Julie January 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Great fun and enough to brighten any day!

  10. Terrie -Creative Explorer January 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Totally yummy! Santa did NOT bring me a gelli this year so I’ll have to keep it on my wish list a while longer……seeing what you and Carolyn are able to accomplish certainly gives my pocketbook a tug! Love the layers and layers and layers of colors!

  11. Marilyn J. Rock January 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Happy and healthy New Year to you and yours Corrine. Wishing you the best life has to offer!

    Love your creations, here, so alive with color and patterns. I have yet to play with my gelli plate.

    Love, Marilyn

  12. jan January 3, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    always fun to stop in and see what you are up to…it is like sliding down a rainbow and becoming drenched in color.

  13. mary helen fernandez stewart January 3, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I love revamping the old manila folders….I have one more student today at 1 pm than I can get back to my reorganization of supplies and employ my storage storage bays. It is a never ending exercise…but I am sure it will be worth it. have a safe and warm day in your sparkle and shine. Peace, Mary helen fernandez Stewart

  14. Maria McGuire January 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    What a FABULOUS idea! Love them!!!!!

  15. Nicole Maki January 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I often recycle file folders as stencils but I never paint them. Brilliant idea and I really love your color choices. Very pretty.

  16. Beth Ridenour January 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    These will make great presents for my ‘non-artistic’ friends. Thank you!

  17. jill eudaly January 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    It looks like you had a lot of fun. Great project!

  18. Debbie January 4, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    I’m loving your colors, and this cool project idea!

  19. Katie January 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Those are great! Good spicing up! I totally want a Gelli plate. It’s on my wishlist.
    Happy New Year!

  20. Bleubeard and Elizabeth January 5, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    OK, this has my heart beating faster. I can’t use a gelli plate, but I have some gelatin I might just use, since I’m in need of backgrounds for my calendar pages I’m making out of file folders. I stopped by to wish you a happy new year, and ended up getting bit by the gelatin bug (grin). THANK YOU!!!

  21. Chris January 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    I don’t think I even know what this is yet, but I do know that playing with colors on surfaces that seemed to be goners is one of the biggest pleasures of the studio! I love making old things new again!

  22. Suzy January 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Love the colors that give life to those old folders. Way to recyle! I’ve made a journal from manilla folders and all I need to do is put it to the Gelli Plate !

  23. clare January 13, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    fabulous prints!

  24. kathleen codyrachel January 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I love these – is there nothing safe from gelli plates?

  25. Denise March 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Love these. I think I am officially addicted to my new gelli.

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