Gelli Plate Fun and the NEW Labyrinth Series Stencils -Briana

Hello Everyone, 

Did you hear the great news? There is now a Labyrinth Series stencil set in the artistcellar shop! Yes, you read that right. My jaw dropped about a foot when I saw them! You’re going to fall in love with them, too!

Immediately, I thought of how awesome these Labyrinth stencils will be to use with the eight inch round Gelli Plate. So, let the experiments begin!


The first Labyrinth stencil I grabbed is Anasazi. The design is really, really cool! The image I am sharing doesn’t do it justice, but I was only getting warmed up. That’s a good lesson for you to remember, too. You’ll need to warm up, just like an athlete, before you really get into the zone.

What you are seeing is the Lime and Lemon Dina Wakley paint printed over an initial orange Anasazi Labyrinth stencil print.

Moving right along . . . 


Here I am using Blick Matte Acrylics in the following colors: Brilliant Magenta, Yellow Deep, and Sage Blue. I rolled out the paint with a soft rubber brayer. Then the Gelli Plate looked like this:

I placed the Chartres Labyrinth stencil on top and pulled a print.

Next, I removed the stencil from the plate and pulled a second print (the ghost print).

TIP: If you move quickly enough, sometimes you can pull a third print from the wet stencil you set to the side. If you use Golden OPEN acrylic paint, you have a longer working time. If you are using craft acrylic or student grade acrylic paint, you can mix a medium like Traci Bautista’s Collage Pauge with your paint as you roll it out on the Gelli Plate.

I tried another color combination and method of printing the Chartres Labyrinth stencil, too.

First I rolled out some orange and orange-red craft paint, and then pulled a print.

Next I placed the Chartres stencil on the pulled print. I mixed my own color using Dina Wakley’s Sky and Blackberry Violet heavy body acrylic paints.

Then with a cosmetic wedge, I dabbed the color over the stencil on top of that glorious orange circle.

Ta da!


For the Gonzaga Labyrinth stencil, I tried yet another method of getting that stencil print.

I rolled out the Lime and Lemon Dina Wakley paints. I placed the Gonzaga stencil on the wet Gelli Plate. Then I used a cosmetic wedge to add a subtle color. I removed the stencil and pulled the print. Keep in mind all of these decisions are happening quickly because acrylic paint dries really fast! (As I mentioned earlier in this post, you can always add an extender medium, if you need a longer working time).

I tried to get an action shot for you, of me dabbing the color through the stencil on the Gelli Plate.

TIP: Some people like to put duct tape around the edges of their stencils to give them more room to apply paint to the outside edges of the stencil, without “messing up” beyond the stencil edge.


As you can see, I love color, but something was calling me to make a black and white Crete Labyrinth print. I rolled out black acrylic paint onto the Gelli Plate and placed the Crete Labyrinth stencil on top.

With the stencil on the plate, I pulled a print.

Next I removed the stencil from the plate and pulled the ghost print.

I quickly went to the wet stencil and made a third print.

These two are my favorites from the black and white Crete Labyrinth prints.


Hopefully you now have a number of ways to play with the NEW Labyrinth Series stencils. Here are three of the methods shown above:

  1. Put the stencil on the wet Gelli Plate, remove the stencil, and then pull a print
  2. Roll out some paint, place the stencil on the Gelli Plate, leave the stencil on the Gellli Plate, and pull a print.
  3. Roll out some paint, place the stencil on the Gelli Plate, and apply another color of paint through the stencil. Remove the stencil, and then pull a print.

I am sure as you play around, you will come up with even more ways!

TIP: Make notes on the back of your prints about paint used, and how you got that print. Since you are working fast, you may not always remember later! Trust me, I am speaking from experience.

Thank you for reading this post. Have fun!

If you’d like to learn more about color, I am a guest teacher in the upcoming 21 Secrets Color, Color, Color workshop series. Read all about it on my Orange Spiral Arts blog here

All of my best,


Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


1 Response


August 22, 2016

Great new stencils! A tip – you can add Golden Open Medium to any paint to extend its “open” time too.

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