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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