RAD Radial Gelli Arts® Prints With Texture

RAD Radial Gelli Arts® Prints With Texture


LESSON PLAN BY: Stephanie Barr, Pens, Paper & Paint


·      Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create a radial design using texture.

·      SWBAT define the term radial.

·      SWBAT understand the difference between applied and actual texture.

·      SWBAT give examples of both types of texture.


What is the definition of radial?

Where do you see radial designs in your everyday life?

What are examples of implied texture?

What are examples of actual texture?


5×5 Gelli Arts® plate, brayers, 5×5 thick ground material like cardboard/mat board/foam core, texture plates, burlap, bubble wrap, geometric foam stickers, brightly colored acrylic paint, large background piece to mount finished product (12×12), 8 5×5 white papers per student


·      Collagraph: Building an image on a plate that can be printed multiple times.

·      Radial: Designs grows outward from the center point.

·      Implied Texture: the surface quality of an object where the texture is simulated or invented. Texture created to look like something it’s not.

·      Actual Texture: the surface quality of an object that feels just like it appears.


Discuss texture with the class with a variety of art images available to have students observe and sort texture. Discuss radial design Demonstrate how to create texture plates and radial designs.


  • RAD Radial Gelli Arts® Prints with Texture
    • Step one: Students roll out a paint color onto the Gelli Arts® plate that contrasts to their chosen paper.
    • Step two: Students then lay a piece of texture (burlap, bubble wrap, stencils, plastic texture plates, etc) into their plate and lift it from the plate.
    • Step three: Lay a 5×5 piece of precut paper onto the Gelli Arts® plate and lift the textured print. Students should make 8 texture monoprints using two types of texture (4 prints from each texture) and choose the set of 4 that you like best to use as your final piece. The remaining set can be practice for step five.
    • Step four: Have students choose shapes from the foam stickers to begin building their design on the 5×5 cardboard. Students should start in the lower left corner and continue to build their design radiating out from the corner until about ¾ of the square is filled.
      • Tip: The cardboard can be sealed with Mod Podge or a similar product to save them for future use.
    • Step five: Students roll the paint over their radial design collagraph with a brayer or paint the design pieces with a brush being careful to not get paint on the background board. Flip the board over and line it up with the edges of their 5×5 texture print you have already made. Rub it firmly with your hand. Pull the print and reveal ¼ of the finished project.
    • Step six: Repeat step five, three more times on each of the remaining texture prints.
    • Step seven: Lay out and mount each of the four prints on a large, contrasting background board in such a way that the four prints create a complete radial design.




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