Valentine Bird Collage Day 19 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Valentine Bird Collage Mixed Media Art Day 19 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days.
Valentine Bird Collage in Mixed Media, 11×14 on canvas board.

I’m working on designing a new card or postcard for Valentine’s Day to put into my gift wrapping bags for jewelry sales. I want to have a card with art on one side and directions on how to care for the jewelry on the other. I made this Valentine Bird Collage using paper I created with my new Gelli Printing Plate. You can check it out here:



The Gelli plate is so easy to use, even Tiny-Small was designing monoprints. We used stencils, leaves, and paint brushes to make prints with. It was really fun! I highly recommend getting one. If you do mixed media art it’s a wonderful tool. You won’t need to buy scrapbook paper and worry about copyrights anymore because you can make your own paper in any color or design your imagination can come up with. It’s also really fun to do with kids. Tiny-Small and I stayed up way past her bedtime because we were having so much fun. We completely lost track of time!

Tiny-Small painting on the Gelli print plate.
Tiny-Small painting on the Gelli print plate.


I prefer making my own paper for mixed media projects and art journaling. Sometimes scrapbook paper is just too uniform or patterned. I like the nuances the printing creates. Not to mention, some of the scrapbook paper companies have a lot of rules about whether or not you can sell art you create using their papers. It’s complicated and confusing and hard to keep track of.

Leaf prints for mixed media art by Lillian Connelly
Leaf prints

After creating some prints and letting them dry I cut the paper up and created a collage with it. I drew and painted the birds on cardstock, cut them out, and glued them down on top of the background. I really like the way the doilies came out during the printing process. I used quite a few of those prints in this piece.

I really liked making the leaf prints too. I collected leaves the last time we were in California. Some of the leaves I printed came from Jim’s parents home, and specifically, from a tree his mom planted many years ago. That makes the leaf prints extra special.

Have you ever used a Gelli Printing Plate? What was your experience like?


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