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I’ve got some more Gelli prints to share with you, using the Arabian Nights Series stencils by artistcellar.

Here’s what my beginning set up looks like:

I mostly used the Dina Wakley Heavy Body acrylic paints for the following prints.

As far as the printing process, I was experimenting with keeping the stencil on the Gelli plate, and printing on deli paper (aka dry wax paper).

In the image below, I had already printed yellow. Now I am about to print a magenta color.

With the thin deli paper, it’s nice because you can touch and see where the paint is coming through the stencil onto the surface of the deli paper.

You can always lift up a corner to check things out, too.

Next, I rolled out a midnight blue color.

Just for fun, below are few photos of layered and printed deli paper, sitting on top of other stenciled prints. There are many semi-transparent options to explore when playing with deli paper!

Happy Gelli Printing, Stenciling, and Layering!

Many Blessings,

Briana of

Greetings Everyone!

I hope this post finds you well and eager to make some art!

Today I am sharing the fact that I love, love, love how the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints work on the 3 x 5 inch Gelli Plate™!

If you are interested in making quick, fun, small art, you’ll want to keep reading.

This tutorial is great for making notecards, journaling cards, gift tags, or small post cards.

Here’s the Supply List:

 Step 1:

Place a small amount of paint on the Gelli Plate in two or three colors. See photo above.

Step 2:

Use a plastic paint scraper, palette knife, or small brayer to spread the paint on the Gelli Plate™.

Step 3:

Place a stencil on top of the wet paint on the Gelli Plate™ and press slightly to make an imprint. TIP: Use an extra piece of paper, as you press, to protect your hands. I used the little book I made and shared in my last post here at artistcellar. You can never have too many layers in mixed media art!

Step 4:

Remove the stencil and place a 3 x 5 inch index card on the Gelli Plate™.

Rub with your hand and lift.

Step 5:

Add another color or two of paint to the Gelli Plate™. Spread paint with the plastic scraper.

Step 6: 

Make an imprint with a stencil as described above.

Step 7:

Place the same index card over the new color and pull your print.

The beauty of the gel printing process is that it’s a surprise every time! If you don’t like what you see, keep printing over it!

Here’s a close-up:

What I love about using the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints with the Gelli Plate™ is that the paint doesn’t dry as fast as the inexpensive acrylic paints I often use for art journaling.

This means it’s easy to go back and get a “ghost print” (or second print) from the Gelli Plate™.

Step 8:

Pull a “ghost print” from the Gelli Plate™, using a new index card.


Step 9:

Grab a new stencil and repeat!


Step 10:

Use a new index card to make a print directly from the stencil.

Step 11: 

Continue making ghost prints until the paint runs out or is too dry.

Step 12: 

Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have a collection of cards that makes your heart go pitter pat!

I hope you have tons of fun!!!

TIP: If you don’t own a 3 x 5 Gelli Plate™, you could try this process on a plastic baggie. The results will be slightly different, but still really fun!

Blessings and Peace to You!

Briana of

Greetings to You!

I am just a weeeeeee bit excited to share my new love with you today.

Do you all know about the 8.5 x 11 inch Arabian Nights Series Stencils available here at artistcellar?

There are so many things I love about these stencils. First of all, the 8.5 x 11 inch stencil size is perfect for the 8 x 10 inch gel printing plate by Gelli Arts. Second of all, the designs of the Arabian Nights Series stencils are fabulous! I didn’t print all of them, but they each have these wonderful open spaces, and gelli printing with them is a pure joy!

To play along, here are the supplies you’ll need:


TIP: Set your Gelli Plate on a smooth, non-porous surface, such as a piece of glass, a Teflon sheet or baking tray

I am right-handed so I set up my work space as follows:

Gelli Plate in the center
Paint above Gelli Plate or to the left of Gelli Plate
Soft rubber brayer to the left of Gelli Plate
Roll off paper to the right of the Gelli Plate (consider stacking several papers)
TIP: Always place your brayer on its back (roller side up) when not in use
Column paper pad within reach
Stencils out of packaging and within reach


  1. Choose two colors of acrylic paint and roll them out on the Gelli Plate
  2. Choose a stencil and place on the Gelli Plate
  3. Place paper over stencil and use hands or brayer to press
  4. Lift paper and see the magic!
  5. Vary these steps in any way that delights you, and keep printing!


First I rolled out yellow and white paint and printed that on the paper. Next I rolled out blue paint, added the stencil, then printed a second layer on the same paper. (There was a short amount of drying time in between).

Next, I put a piece of deli paper on the Gelli Plate to pull a “ghost print”, a print without adding any paint to the Gelli Plate. (See below).

This is the deli paper on the Gelli Plate. (The deli paper already had a yellow print on it).

This is the result of the ghost print on the deli paper once it was lifted off the Gelli Plate.

What you are seeing here is rolled out charcoal gray and periwinkle paint with the Arabian Nights Celestial stencil on top of the Gelli Plate. The paper goes on top.

Roll over the paper with your brayer to create the print.

Lift the paper and see what you created!

Ta Da!

See below for a closer look.

There’s still wet paint to print with, both on the Gelli Plate, and on the stencil removed from the Gelli Plate. Next, I placed a pre-printed piece of deli paper on the Gelli Plate (below left), and the back side of a pre-printed piece of paper over the wet stencil (below right).

And Oh my goodness, I think this is my favorite print of the day! What you are seeing is me lifting the deli paper off of the Gelli Plate. This is a ghost print of the stencil on pre-printed deli paper.

The stencil print on paper looks like this:

I am still feeling pretty jazzed about this one, too!

You know those “junk journals” that us paper collectors love to see and make? Wouldn’t these papers be perfect?!!!!

Alright, one last show and tell.

The Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint works beautifully on the Gelli Plate!

This time I cleaned my brayer on the back of the paper as I pressed to create a print.

I mean, for real! How awesome are these stencils?!!

Time for a ghost print:


What I meant to say is, “I love this!”, and see below for a closer look. ; )


The Arabian Nights Series stencils work well with the 8 x 10 inch Gelli Plate. Gelli Printing is fun and amazing! The creative options are endless. Enjoy!

Blessings and Peace to you,

Briana of



Hello again!

Since my last project I have discovered -- the gel printing plate! I know, I know... where have I been right? So I started this one with a gel print with some Artistcellar stencils! I used the Halftone Dots Series, Sacred Geometry 2 and the Diamond series with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Payne's Grey, Dina Wakely's Turquoise acrylic paint, Golden High Flow in Indigo and Green Gold, and Americana Multi-Surface Acrylic in Deep Turquoise. 

Once the gel print was dry, I taped off the edges with blue painter's tape and then added a wash of watercolor over the print with a koi waterbrush. Then, I cut out a silhouette from a magazine and traced around it with a Scribe-All pencil

Next, I used some black gesso and covered everything that wasn't in the silhouette... and added some drips of Golden's green gold and a little bit of Dylusions paint in "cut grass". 

To finish it off, I brushed some liquid glass over the silhouette because I wanted it to be glossy!

That's it! It was a very easy -- but very fun project and I really like the results.​

We thought February 29th, being a Leap Year, was a pretty cool date to release our  newest stencil series, Sacred Geometry 2! You seem to love our first Sacred Geometry series, we're pretty sure you'll love these also. We are also hosting a blog hop with this release, and I've got an awesome set of artists lined up. The dates and links to their blogs are at the end of this post, so be sure to check them out. Every artist will be giving away a FREE set of Sacred Geo 2 stencils to a lucky person who leaves a comment on the artist's blog post. That means there will be SEVEN lucky winners in all, and you have seven chances to win, but please, to avoid confusion, one comment per blog stop.

I've had these stencils for awhile now, but being predictable, the first thing I did was grab my gelli plate and start monoprinting! You know I love gellin'! And I LOVE the way these stencils print!

The above print was made using a dirty gel plate, aren't those crusty bits yummy?

To see how the stencils looked by themselves as a straight design, I grabbed a few canvases I'd started backgrounds on and did some tests. Metatron's Cube got some tinted Texture Paste squished through it, to add some dimension, then rubbed with a little Inka Gold in Copper. Really hard to photograph because of the metallic/iridescence, the angle makes it look like a different color altogether! A little magical...

I used Seed of Life on another canvas I had laying around, I believe I just stenciled it with some black Media Acrylic paint and a makeup wedge, over an existing red splotch. Can I pick a favorite child? Seed of Life is it!

My most recent project was an art journaling page. I am a member of Journal52 and every week we get a couple prompts to inspire us. That particular week the prompt was "monochrome." That was difficult for me because I love color. I started by drawing a girls face, in a style taught by Effy Wild. I used Aquarelle Water Soluble Graphite Pencils to draw and shade the girl. When I liked her well enough, I decided to use the stencils for a background. (A little backwards... but that's me, ha!) I simply used a light coating of Black Pan Pastels, to make it look like shades of gray, and layered the stencils. So easy and looks great.

When I was done with my monochromatic page, all that gray made me sad. So I found this great quote and added some colorful rub-on flowers to the bottom. I'm a rebel.

That's all I'm going to show you for now, but stay tuned to THIS blog the next few weeks when the Design Team shows you what they did with these stencils!

Follow the blog hop, I will remind you and provide a link each day on Facebook and Twitter. Leave a comment on THEIR blog for a chance to win! Leave a comment on THIS blog post too! Tell me which stencil is your favorite design, and leave your contact info so I can contact you in case you win. Good luck and enjoy!

February 29th - Lisa Cousineau/Artistcellar  <-- YOU ARE HERE
March 1st - Stephanie Gagos 
March 2nd - Lisa Chin
 March 3rd - Linda Edkins Wyatt
March 4th - Sarah Trumpp  
March 5th - Effy Wild
March 6th - Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal  
See you soon!