Friday, April 6, 2018

How to Print in Your Art Journal with Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plates

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today! I’m going to show you how you can print directly into your art journal with Gelli Arts® gel printing plates.

Gel printing directly into a bound journal is easy! All you need is an acrylic block slightly larger than your Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

Gel printing in your journal is all about taking your plate to the page instead of your page to the plate!


Take your first Gelli Arts® gel printing plate and place it on an acrylic block.

For my art journal I started out with the 5”x5" Student Plate before I proceeded to the 3” x 5” and the round and hexagon mini plates.

Make sure the pages of your journal lay flat before you begin. Use clips to hold the pages down if needed.

Sometimes the gutter of a journal is too deep to access with a gel printing plate. You can avoid a white stripe in the middle of your spread by painting the gutter before you start printing.

Limit your color palette to two or three colors plus black and white. If the chosen colors mix well, there is no need to clean your plate in between prints.


Roll a drop of paint out on the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate. Use your favorite texture plates, foam stamps, combs, and other tools to make marks.

Lift the acrylic block up and place it down on the page just like stamping!

Stamp off any excess paint on the page. This creates texture and interest, and it’s a good way to repeat elements and colors across the spread.

A fully covered Gelli Arts® gel printing plate will create distinct borders on the page. For a softer result, wipe paint off the edges of the plate before placing it down on the paper.


If you want to use a mask or a stencil it’s best to position the stencil on the page first.

Roll paint out on your gel printing plate, lift the plate up, and place it paint side down over the stencil.

If the paint didn’t transfer to all of the stencil openings, just stamp your plate again until you are satisfied with the result.

Crayon Resist

Use an oil pastel or a crayon to draw a design on a scrap of paper.

Roll a drop of paint out on the Gelli Arts® mini gel printing plate.

Lift the acrylic block up and place it plate and paint side down over the oil pastel drawing.

Lift it up again and stamp the design left on the plate in your art journal.

Finish the spread

Keep going until you are satisfied with your spread. I always like to end with some scribbles and paint splatter!

Happy art journaling!

Gelli Arts®:
3” x 5” Gelli® Printing Plate
5” x 5" Gelli Arts® Student Plate
Gelli Arts® Round Mini Kit
Gelli Arts® Hexagon Mini Kit
Gelli Arts® 4” roller
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint (Freshwater, Jet Black, Lemon Zest, Mixed Berries, Snowbound)

Acrylic blocks
Traveler’s Notebook insert
Handmade stencils and foam stamps
Adhesive numbers
Letter stencils
Oil pastel
China marker
Paint marker


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  1. Supergaaf Masha!!!
    Dank je wel voor het delen😊👍

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  3. This is exactly what I tried recently. I found that giving the pages a paint wash first, and using the mini plates, or even the 3x5 and 5x7 plates worked better than sqare plate I had, but that depends on the size of the journal, and whether the print is part of a bacground, or the sole focus itself

  4. This is a lovely inspiring tutorial with great images. I always forget to use stamping when I am gelli printing but I shall try to remember next time as the effects are lovely. Ceri

    Gelli printing starter


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