STEAM Gelli Arts® Bookmark

STEAM Gelli Arts® Bookmark


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


·      Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) explain why oil and water do not mix.

·      SWBAT connect the concept to their everyday lives.

·      SWBAT create a bookmark showing the oil resist water concept.


Why does oil resist water?

Why is that concept important?

What are some examples of oil resisting water in your everyday life?


5×5 Gelli Arts® Printing plates, oil pastels, bright colored acrylic paint that has been watered down, heavyweight paper cut into bookmark sized pieces, damp sponge, hole punch, and yarn/fibers for the tassel.


·      Bookmark: A piece of paper that holds the place in a book.

·      Resist: To stop


As a class, talk about the oil resist water concept and how it applies to everyday life. Show the method with a bottle filled with oil and water. Demonstrate how to achieve this using the Gelli Arts® plate.


  • STEAM Gelli Arts® Bookmarks
    • Step one: Students will use oil pastels to draw outlines of images, letters, shapes, and ideas onto the bookmark paper.
    • Step two: Students use color mixing knowledge to decide what two or three colors they would use on their printing plate. Colors should look good together and not mix into a muddy gray or brown. Tip: If you don’t have enough brayers, use a damp sponge to dab small amounts of paint onto the plate which creates a fun texture.
    • Step three: Lay the bookmark paper (oil pastel side down) on top of the plate and rub the back of the paper. Lift the print. If there are white spots replace the bookmark to pick up the leftover paint off of the plate.
    • Step four: Students can speed up the drying process by fanning the bookmark or using a hair dryer on the cool setting.
    • Step five: Once the paint is dry, students will use a craft stick to gently scrape away the paint from the oil pastel areas to reveal their designs.
    • Step six: Talk about the artistic and practical application of oil and water not mixing. As the students “find” their oil pastel designs under the paint, prompt them to think of examples in life where oil resists water (salad dressing, suntan lotion, wax crayons and watercolor, car wax and car washes)
    • Step seven: Students will use a hole punch at the top of their paper, then add yarn/fibers through the hole to create a tassel.









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