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Gelli Printing with Deli Paper

At last! As part of a job lot I purchased from Interweave (the people behind the mixed media mag Cloth Paper Scissors), I was able to get my grubby paws on the almost-mythical, legendary American “Deli Paper”. The paper that American artists have been waxing lyrical about, pun intended.

Now, I haven’t yet done a comparison study between our Aussie Greaseproof Paper and the American Deli Paper, but to me they feel pretty alike. I was intrigued by the claim that Deli Paper will become transparent when glued to other substrates. So, let’s take this baby for a spin, on my Gelli Plate.

First, I must share with you the object that inspired this latest experiment. It’s actually a teacup and saucer that The Kid picked out for me from T2 in Perth City. The range is called “She Loves“, and my teacup and saucer are no.633 of a limited edition of 900.


The wrapping paper it came in echoed the theme, and once I’d painstakingly removed the sticky tape cleanly, said wrapping paper went up on my bedroom wall. I used a couple of Apps on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to edit a photo I took of the wrapping paper, and added slme more colour and texture to it. It is now my Note 4’s wallpaper.

Here it is:

So, with this colour palette in mind, I decided to play with my new Deli Paper, to put it through its paces and see what all the hype is about.

As my Gelli Plate is 8×10 inches, and the Deli Papers are 6×10.75 inches, I found the best way to marry the two was to use 2 pieces of Deli Paper. I’d already tested out 2 sheets previously, glueing them onto a large art tag, and making more art tags seemed a good place to start. Of course, in retrospect, I could’ve used all the Deli Paper on my Gelli Plate, leaving some extra paint on the outside of the Plate…but hindsight is always 20/20, right? ;-)



I deviated from my usual method of Gelli printing, by experimenting with the way I laid my acrylic paints down. Normally, I would work with 1 colour at a time. This time, however, I decided to go for a mixed, ink splashy look, just like on my teacup and saucer. So, this time I squeezed a few drops of 1 colour onto the Gelli Plate, followed by a few drops of a different colour, and perhaps a third colour, before using my brayer to smoosh the colours around. I tried not to mix the colours too much, as I didn’t want to end up with homogenised mud.

So here are the results:


These are the printed Deli Papers. I’ve put them aside to dry. I also have 4 A3 sheets of paper, printed on both sides, as a result of brayering off excess paints and stencils etc. Because I only used 4 sheets this time, as opposed to my usual 6 or 8, the sheets are super-saturated with all sorts of interesting abstract shapes and colours. I don’t think I’ll be needing to use any or much Dylusion Ink Sprays to fill in the blank spaces, as there aren’t that many blank spaces!

Not sure what I’ll do with all these yet, but watch this space!

Gelli Deli

I’d read about and seen on YouTube videos on the use of “Deli Paper” for Gelli plate printing. What the heck is it, when it’s in Australia?

I know it’s some kind of waxed paper for wrapping deli sandwiches in. It’s supposed to absorb paints really well but not allow any seepage through. It’s supposed to turn virtually invisible when painted over and stuck onto your chosen substrate. But where can you get it?

There were a few sellers on eBay selling Deli Wrap/Deli Waxed Paper/Deli Paper/Deli Sandwich Paper. They weren’t too expensive to buy on their own…but factor in p&p to Australia and you’re talking about a $1 guitar that costs $599.99 to post to your country. Not even going down that route.

My local haberdashers/craft shop/home decor depot, Spotlight, didn’t have anything like it. They had tracing paper on a roll, for drawing dressmaking patterns…at $12.99 per roll of 30m. Ouch, no go.

I had a look in my local supermarket, Woolworths, instead. Did it sell good old-fashioned wax paper? Nope. There was Greaseproof Paper, Baking Paper With a “Special Coating”, Baking Paper with a “Non-Stick Coating On Both Sides”, Greaseproof Paper with “Special Dimples To Soak Up Grease”, etc etc…but NO.WAXED.PAPER.

I bought a roll of a brand that promised to keep in the goodness of cooked food by “locking in the juices”. I thought this sounded about right for what I needed my paper for – to absorb acrylic paint without going soggy.

While queuing to pay for my MultixBake paper ($7.20 for a roll of 35m), I happened to see some large squares of greaseproof paper lying in the doughnut/muffin help-yourself cubbyholes. The girl in the bakery section didn’t know anything about what kind of paper they were, or whether they were like the ones I was about to buy, or indeed where I could buy them. But she said I was welcome to take a few to test them out for my own purposes. Don’t mind if I do!

Back home, I found my roll of supermarket-homebrand Greaseproof Paper (less than $2 for a roll of 30m) and added it to my stash. So now I’m sharing with you the results of my Aussie-style “Deli Paper” test. The papers have all been folded up so as to test both sides.

Red = fluid acrylic paint
Purple = watercolour paint
Sunshine yellow = spray ink
Orange = daubed acrylic paint

image First up. The MultixBake. Notice the beading. None of the test patches were absorbed by the paper, they all sat on top of whatever coating the paper had, on both sides of the paper.

image This one’s the freebie from the bakery section of Woolworths
supermarket. The paper appears to be waxed on one side but not the other. Top shows good absorption of all 4 test paints. Bottom is very similar to the results using MultixBake paper. Both sides of the paper look and feel pretty much the same to me, so it’ll be a 50/50 chance of me using the wrong side. Besides, this is the paper that no one could tell me anything about, even where to get it.

image Woolworths’ homebrand, cheapo Greaseproof Paper. Great even absorption on both sides of the paper. No beading. No seepage. Paper is robust and stronger than tissue. (This is what I already use for my own printing projects, I stick this paper onto an A4 canvas carrier sheet, which feeds through my Canon Pixma MX870 and I can then print out any of my mobile photography art images onto it. Then I simply remove it from the carrier sheet, and stick it onto canvas or wood).

And the clear winner is: Contestant No.3, Woolworths’ Homebrand Greaseproof Paper. Less than $2 for a roll of 30m.

Australian readers, I’ve done the legwork and homework for you now, so you won’t have to. Got Gelli, need Deli? Use Greaseproof Paper. US readers, meanwhile, may be scratching their heads and wondering what the heck “Greaseproof Paper” is back in the US of A. :-)