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A Hairbrush on a Gel Plate? YES!

Anything can become a print making tool when you’re using a gel plate, including a hair brush! This idea came to to me courtesy of the hair brush collections I was cleaning out that my kids had built up over the years. This one was sacrificed for the play. Although it really wasn’t. More about that when I get to the orange prints…

This technique simply involves putting some paint on some of the bristles and then dragging the brush along the gel plate. Repeat this as many times as you want to create the layers of weathered and aged color.

When I switched from the blue to the orange prints, the hair brush was rinsed off. It was amazing to me how easily the paint came out of the brush. It came out so well that if I put it back in the bathroom drawer, nobody would have ever known it had been used with paint!

There’s no right or wrong amount of paint to use. Some colors I used more or less simply because squeezing paint out of a tube onto a hairbrush isn’t an exact science.

This is just one of many ways you can start a gel print. If you want more ideas then check out my free downloadable video and pdf, 600 Gel Printing Ideas for Beginners. It’s is packed with everything you need to know to make a print, create layers, and on top of that 600 ways to start a print. Can all that be in one single video? Yup. See how!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I may 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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  • Cheryl Adams August 25, 2023, 10:17 am

    I subscribed to your videos a short time ago as I just got a gel plate. I’ve been making cards for 50 years! I loved this video and it will make some great backgrounds for my cards. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m not real computer literate so I don’t know how to find the 600 gel print ideas video you were talking about but I’d sure love to see it. Thank you again.

  • Viv August 25, 2023, 10:54 am

    I always save your emails for when I have a minute to enjoy your lessons. Thank you for being so generous. I live your energy.

    • Carolyn Dube September 9, 2023, 4:57 pm

      Thanks for reading my emails Viv! Glad you enjoy them!

  • Sybille August 29, 2023, 3:29 pm

    Hi Carolyn, So great to see you back. The hair brush trick is brilliant. Will have to try it. I’m still at doing my tutorials, now inching towards the 1000 magic number on You Tube. However, we are still not that close enough to monitize with the hours. We shall endeavour to persevere and have fun doing it.
    Cheers, Happy Gell Plate printing +.