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Making Your Own Lined Journaling Paper

You can use household items to make tools for your Gel Press plate. Today, I’m using toothpicks to solve a problem. I love writing on colorful papers, but I need lines on there if I have any hope of keeping the writing close to straight. So a few toothpicks and cardboard but along with these prints there is also the clean up prints!

What pen did I use to write on it? An inexpensive pen that has held up extremely well to writing on paint. At the time of publishing this, it was about $3 for 8 pens!

Along with the lined papers, there were also the clean up prints! So be sure to check out the video to see how these build up layer by layer!

Want to more about gel printing? I’ve got a page of resources to help you here!

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  • Janet Goldman March 22, 2021, 4:14 pm

    As a former corrugated structural designer……great idea! Use e flute!

  • Bev Wilson March 22, 2021, 4:37 pm

    Love it ! you always have such great ideas, Carolyn !! šŸ˜€

  • Bev Wilson March 22, 2021, 4:40 pm

    p.s. – I like to try this idea – but also keep a few aside and scan them, then print them out. It wouldn’t have the same texture, but easier to write on. However, it is interesting your new inexpensive paper mate ink joy pens work so well on paint ! šŸ™‚

  • Maureen Bartling March 23, 2021, 7:34 am

    Hoe very clever, Caroline. I am going to try this! Thanks

  • Suzanne L Eastman March 23, 2021, 8:47 am

    I so like your style and timing, interesting and moving along, not just chit chatting as filler. You’ve hit the sweet spot. I’ll use this technique for journaling inside my art and travel journals.

  • Nancy March 23, 2021, 10:09 am

    Thank you for your great ideas. I love watching you. You are very helpful and creative. And of course fun

  • heatherK March 23, 2021, 12:23 pm

    Love the idea! I love anything that can be made cheaply but have awesome results. Regarding the gel plate slippage, I wonder if cupboard/drawer liners (the squishy foam kind) would give enough grip?