Gel Powers with Pizzazz

Lesson Plan, Grades 4-9, Art


Lesson Plan and Artwork by Edwin Leary 

This lesson will explore the composition of images and elements of art in which students will create original notecards using layers of creative papers 


  • Students will use art elements to create the base for a note card design.
  • Students will experiment with decorative papers.
  • Students will unify their design with an overprint that has been designed on a monoprint gel pad.

Supplies Needed

Monoprint Pad, 4x6 in.
Monoprint Pad, 6x6 in.
Monoprint Pad, 8x10 in.
Acrylic Paint, assorted, set of 12
YES! Paste, 16 oz.
Mixed Media Cards, package of 10
Foil Origami Papers, set of 36
Craft Paper, package of 32
Decorative Hues Paper, package of 192
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Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Define and complete artistic work.
Standard #4: Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.
Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.



Select decorative papers and cut to size, creating a design.


Paste onto note card and set aside to dry. 


Use a brayer to roll the monoprint pad with acrylic paint in a thin layer. If the layer is too thick you will lose your design.


Use soft edge tools and combs to create designs into the paint that is on the monoprint pad.


Apply over note card with heavy pressure and gently remove.


Students can allow paint to dry and apply a different print design to a new area or overlap with another color.


Curate print, (title, edition, artist name and date.)