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Gel Printing with Texture from IKEA

Gel printing with a placemat from IKEA using Gel Press and Liquitex paints video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

What happens when I go to IKEA? I find textures for gel printing! Just about anything can create patterns or textures on a Gel Press plate so that means there were loads of possibilities. One of the treasures I found was the $2 bamboo placemat.

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It began with the rainbow on the 12 x 14 Gel Press plate. Once the paint was spread all around, I placed the bamboo placemat on the paint to create a linear pattern but there was a side effect that brought me rainbow joy!

It made a rainbow placemat! We’re not a placemat-at-the-table kind of a house, but that might be changing. Now I’m thinking I need to go and get an entire set of these to fill my dinner table with play and the rainbow. And of course, cover up all the brown.

Gel printing with texture from IKEA video tutorial by Carolyn Dube

Notice the linear movement on the prints. That’s the formal way of saying what cool lines those placemats made! Just about anything can make a texture on the gel plate, so take a look around where you are…you just might have some awesome texture tools within arm’s reach!

Gel printing with a placemat from IKEA using Gel Press and Liquitex paints video 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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  • Mari November 24, 2017, 2:56 pm

    I have found many fun patterns for gel printing in the kitchen. Yoghurt cups and other food containers have interesting textures, often the best ones are in the bottom!

  • Courtney November 29, 2017, 3:42 pm

    I love to use bubble wrap! It makes such fun little polka dots! It reminds me of candy buttons. Another fun one is plastic forks or even old paint caps!