Make Painted Papers for Art Making
Beginner | 10 min 36 sec
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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Class Reviews
231 users recommended this class to a friend
Jessica Reyes
I liked learning about the different tools and techniques. I liked the use of different kinds of paper.
3 days ago
Landria SShack
An inspiring course despite its brevity.
3 days ago
Sharain G.
This is my second class I’ve taking from Dawn. She’s amazing. Love this class!!! I learned about new materials & tools. I’m totally inspired to create.
January 23