Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gel Printing with the Gelli Arts® Feather Printing Kit

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today sharing a fun project you can do with the Gelli Arts® Feather Printing Kit.

The Feather Printing Kit contains everything you need for gel printing: a 5x5” Gelli Arts® printing plate, 3 bottles of Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint, a 4” roller, 8 white feathers, a three-sided Gelli Arts® mini comb, 12 pieces of 5x5” parchment paper, bubble wrap, yarn and punchinella.

The white feathers in the kit are perfect for gel printing on, but have you ever tried to use feathers as a texture tool? The results are stunning and super detailed. Let me show you!

Step 1
Place your Gelli Arts® printing plate on a smooth flat surface. I’m using the mylar sheet with 1” grid that comes with the new 9" x 12" Gelli Arts® gel printing plate underneath.

Take a sheet of paper (I’m using A5 sized paper, which is 5.83” x 8.27”) and tape it to the surface on one side to create a hinge. This will make aligning the paper easier because the sheet can’t move in between prints.

Step 2
Roll a drop of acrylic paint onto the Gelli Arts® printing plate with the roller. You can use more than one color if you like!

Step 3
Use the three-sided Gelli Arts® mini comb or press the bubble wrap, yarn, or punchinella into the paint to create texture. Or leave the paint as is for a solid colored background print.

Step 4
Place the paper on the Gelli Arts® printing plate and print the first layer.

Step 5
Roll a layer of contrasting color onto the plate with the roller.

Step 6
Take one or two feathers and ruffle them a bit.

Place them on top of the painted plate and pull a second print on top of the previously printed layer.

Step 7
Remove the feathers and pull a third print on top of the previously printed layers.

You can use the feathers over and over again. Just make sure that the paint on the feather is dry before using it for another print otherwise it might stick to your paper.

Step 8
I decided to create cards with my feather prints.

I splattered a contrasting color onto each print and left them to dry. Then I trimmed the prints to fit 14,5 cm square notecards (this is approximately 5.75”) and machine stitched a border around the prints before I adhered them to the front of the notecards with double-sided tape.

Enjoy gel printing with Gelli Arts® and feathers!

Gelli Arts®:
Gelli Arts® Feather Printing Kit
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint (Freshwater, Jet Black, Mixed Berries, Snowbound, Sunbeam)

Paper (A5 size: 5.83” x 8.27”)

Paint markers
Sewing machine and thread
Notecards (14,5 x 14,5 cm: approximately 5.75” x 5.75”)
Double-sided adhesive


  1. I've used feathers before but your post shows some really interesting and different ways to use them! Thanks!!!

    1. Glad to hear that Robbie! Have fun gel printing!!!

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