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Gel Printing Outside..a Spring Treat

Spending the afternoon gel printing and playing outsideThe sun was in that wonderful late afternoon golden glow phase, the birds were singing, and I was playing outdoors. Springtime is my goldilocks time outdoors, not too hot & not many bugs. It’s just right for play.

A basket of fun was put together quickly, of what was on my counter, with absolutely no clear plan. A plan didn’t matter but what did matter was getting out there instead of gathering the “perfect” supplies.

Spending the afternoon gel printing and playing outside

As the afternoon was coming to a close…I took a few photos of the play. You can see how I made those fancy circle making pattern tools in the basket above for the Gel Press plate here.

Spending the afternoon gel printing and playing outside

The layers built up as I played with the rainbow, a gel plate, and stencils.

Spending the afternoon gel printing and playing outside

What will I do with the papers I printed? These will be cut up with some areas becoming art journal pages, some becoming quick cards, and others for collage.

What I will use them for isn’t the most important part to me. The most important part is that I spent some time playing. Hearing the birds chirp as I did it was a glorious bonus!

Spending the afternoon gel printing and playing outside

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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  • Jean Marmo June 1, 2017, 3:07 pm

    So inspiring! I need to get a basket together and do this!

  • Corrine June 1, 2017, 4:36 pm

    So fun and our weather is like that right now. got to mow the lawn first though! xox

  • Andrene June 4, 2017, 9:24 am

    What a great way to spend part of your day outdoors! I am definitely doing this in the fall when its cooler. You use your old paint/medium lids as a palette? Genius!!

  • Lynda Shoup June 4, 2017, 10:05 pm

    Enjoyed basking in the afternoon sun by reading your post tonight. Not knowing what you will do with the results of the printing is such a joy. I love that! It’s fun to pull out a piece that you have made long ago and find just the right spot for it.