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Gel Printing with a Toy from the 80s

Gel printing tools can be anything, including cheap toys! The minute I saw the mini puzzle cube (a generic Rubiks cube) I wanted to see what it would do on a gel plate!

You can print on more than just paper. Here, I used Dura-lar. What is that? It’s a clear surface that has a special coating on it so that you can use acrylics and pens and inks without beading. It is also won’t discolor with age and it stays flat.

The benefit of using Dura-lar to take the pull is that it creates a very translucent print. This was important for how I wanted to use it, as the insides of a glass ornament. When this is on the tree, the twinkling lights behind it will show. The ornaments were from the local craft store.

This is the just the tip of the iceberg for what you can do on a gel plate! To get you started, I’ve made a downloadable video of 600 ideas for beginners that I can send to you. And there’s a printable PDF for you too. Just let me know which email you’d like me to send it to and the computer elves will take care of the rest.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I get a small percentage and it doesn’t cost you anything extra! And you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!

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  • Debbie G October 7, 2022, 6:38 pm

    thank you for the 600 ideas and the Rubik’s cube idea.