Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Getting creative with the gel plate

Tags, and Embellishments kits designed by me!
Available from Tando Creative

I just LOVE mono-printing, love it. It's unpredictable, surprising, and most of all messy :-) Today I decided to have a play with a small gel plate to see if I could print a background straight onto a greyboard tag, using fluid acrylics. I took  lots of snapshots as I was doing this so that you can see exactly how things worked out.

I began with a large tag, and some embellishments from the Tando kits, and gave everything a layer of gesso, and then I scribbled into it just for a bit of texture.

Next I selected my colours from the  DecoArt Media line of fluid acrylics because I really wanted to see how they would behave on the Gel plate, especially going straight onto greyboard. I think you can probably tell from the photo that these are my *favourite* colours and they are looking well loved and nicely messy! I also used the DecoArt Tinting Base, Gesso and Matte Medium.

I used a small gel plate and used a brayer to add thin, light, patchy layers of colour. I started with the yellow, and then built up the colours in layers:

I added Turquoise, Green Gold, Primary Magenta,  Quinacridone Red ...

...followed by Quinacridone Magenta:

So, then I had my mono-printed background but it still needed a lot of work. Here are a few more steps.

Paint through a variety of stencils:

Stamping using Archival ink pads:

Texture Cube 1 designed by me!
For Stampotique Originals

Stamp from Skulldoggery by Andy Skinner

Doodling with a white gel pen:

A bit of junk stamping with bottle lids and an old gift card with metallic Gold:

Now, back to the embellishments. I added some paint to these using co-ordinating colours, but when painting small embellishments like this I always aim to keep it a bit lighter in the centre which I do with a bit of help from the Tinting Base:

Finally I pieced it all together and added a quote and a hanger, I may keep this on the wall of my little art studio:

Or I may keep it in my Tando Divided Box which has all of my other tags and bits and bobs:

Divided box kit designed by me!
Available from Tando Creative


  1. Oh I love this. So many things to see in one place. It's simply lovely. Thank you for sharing it Kate!

  2. Love this! You get the most amazing colors!!

  3. Wow can't wait for Sunday after seeing this. I have 2 gelli plates bought at different times and never used them. Roll on Sunday xxx

  4. You always use colour so beautifully, I love the gorgeous heart and banners, such lovely additions!

  5. Absolutely love it! Like you, I love gel plate printing for all the same reasons too!

  6. so wonderful!!! wish you would make a youtube for us one day! id love to try out how you actually get those textures and results.... thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

    1. Ooh, thanks for your kind words :-)
      I have just done a video for Gel Press which can be found on you tube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hb7OB9dLuI
      I also have on-line classes in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheKathrynWheel

  7. wonderful inspirational projects xx

  8. FUN, FABULOUS, FRIVILOUSLY FANTASTIC. What an inspirational creation Kate! Xj.


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