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The Plan Didn’t Go as Planned While Gel Printing

Gel printing in an art journal and making clean up prints on envelopes plus how to use watercolor pencils to add the rainbow video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What do you do when you have a plan but you’re distracted in the middle by your muse?  Follow her lead!  I had planned to gel print an art journal page but the clean up prints were so scrumptious I had to ditch the journal.  Instead, it was watercolor pencil play on the clean up prints, which were supposed to be on plain paper but that didn’t go as planned either.

Watch Using Watercolor Pencils on Gel Prints on YouTube.

The plan was to fill the entire background of a Dylusions art journal. A little paint, a  Rae Missigman stencil, a Gel Press gel plate and voilà, a background.  That part was on track.  But it was the clean up prints that pulled me “off course”.

Gel printing in an art journal and making clean up prints on envelopes plus how to use watercolor pencils to add the rainbow video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The clean up prints were calling so I ditched the art journal.  It’s okay to do that, after all it doesn’t have an expiration date, unlike those old eggs I found in the back of the fridge.  Those definitely had an expiration date.

Gel printing in an art journal and making clean up prints on envelopes plus how to use watercolor pencils to add the rainbow video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

The best supply is the one within arm’s reach. When a piece of paper couldn’t be found for a clean up print, whatever was on my counter that could be used was used.  Hence the prints made on envelopes.

Gel printing in an art journal and making clean up prints on envelopes plus how to use watercolor pencils to add the rainbow video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Those lines screamed for color, so in came the watercolor pencils. New to watercolor pencils?  They go on like a colored pencil but when you get them wet they move around like watercolors.

Gel printing in an art journal and making clean up prints on envelopes plus how to use watercolor pencils to add the rainbow video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Now there are playful envelopes that will be fun to mail or I just might end up putting it in my art journal. But whatever the plan, I’ll be ready to follow the muse even if she points me in an unexpected direction.

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Gel printing in an art journal and making clean up prints on envelopes plus how to use watercolor pencils to add the rainbow video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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Every comment and every share feeds the muse. Thank you for being part of this colorful journey!

  • stephanie January 12, 2018, 10:04 am

    Nice!

  • Kelly Anderson January 12, 2018, 6:07 pm

    Enjoyed seeing this technique. Will be trying it soon.

  • jean marmo January 12, 2018, 6:13 pm

    Love those flower masks! The envelopes will certainly make the post office smile!!

  • Wanda Hentges January 12, 2018, 7:09 pm

    What fun!!! Those envelopes are going to be wonderful going through the mail!!!!

  • Christina January 12, 2018, 7:13 pm

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing your fun!

  • Loretta January 12, 2018, 9:36 pm

    Beautiful results as always, but Carolyn what did you do or plan to do with the envelopes!
    😉

  • Sandy Boreen January 13, 2018, 9:59 am

    Great idea using envelopes. Carolyn, thanks for the spark of inspiration.

  • Corrine January 14, 2018, 10:04 am

    I love this video and how these turned out. Simple but so effective as your colorful self. xox

  • Diane Taylor January 15, 2018, 2:07 pm

    I love the freedom you give yourself!