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Monet Style Impressionistic Gel Prints

Just about anything can become a gel printing tool! Including dish washing gloves! Yes, you read that right. Dishwashing gloves! These are scrubbing gloves which enables them to create a soft Impressionist style print. Probably not what the manufacturer intended but they do it well! I’ve got the supply list at the end of this post so you can check out what they look like nice and clean.

You dip your fingers into the colors from your palette and then pat it onto the gel plate! Naturally, you use anything you have for the palette from wax paper to a “proper” palette. I chose to use a 6 x 6 gel plate as my palette so that when I was done, the leftover paints would make a print.

The more you pat it around, the more the colors blend. The less you pat it around, the less they blend.To keep the colors from getting muddy, stay in cool or warm colors. Here, I’ve used blues, greens, and a touch of yellow.

Only one glove gets used at a time, so that makes it easy to keep one for cool colors and one for warm colors. That way there isn’t any time spent cleaning the gloves when changing colors. You absolutely can clean the glove, but since that doens’t bring me joy, I avoid it whenever possible.

In the photo below you can see the texture that is on the gloves, these fine little scrubbers. They don’t give me much faith for actual dish washing, but for gel printing they are amazing!

This is not the only way you can use a gel plate! There are so many more different looks you can create in your prints when you fully understand how the plate works, why it’s doing what it’s doing, if you want to be able to steer and guide your prints so it’s not random take a look at my gel printing workshops.

Here are the supplies used.

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  • Linda September 24, 2021, 5:27 pm

    Team orang-ey-warm.. Yummay, yummay colors!! Just sayin’!!

  • Lynne Matsuda September 24, 2021, 6:01 pm

    Thank you for your humor and for giving me inspiration for trying new items with my gel plate printing. How fun this is. Thanx again.

  • Lynn September 24, 2021, 6:12 pm

    LOL! I bought the gloves before I even started watching your video! I’ll have to wait until Sunday or Monday before I can try this technique.
    I really loved the Monet’s Garden effect with the Blues, Greens and Yellows. I’ll use those colors first. Then I think I’ll go back and “finger-paint” the warm colors onto the BGY pulls to bring all the bright flower colors into the Garden. I hope it works the way I think it will.

  • BB September 24, 2021, 6:13 pm

    Love this look,but can’t decide…I love both!

  • Laurel+Rezeau September 24, 2021, 6:57 pm

    The cool colors are my fav. And when you added a bit of pink, the print really looked Monet-y!

  • Julie September 24, 2021, 7:14 pm


  • Cindy B September 24, 2021, 7:38 pm

    Looks like so much fun with those rubber gloves!
    I actually like both (the cool and warm) colors you were able to pull…even the little 6×6 one produced great results.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Odilia Galvan Rodriguez September 24, 2021, 9:35 pm

    I liked both but have to say the pinks were my favorites and I am not really a pink pallet fan.

  • Kathleen September 25, 2021, 2:43 am

    In keeping with Monet’s style, I love the cool colors. But it would really take it to the next level to go back and smear a few dots of bright warm colors on top. The pink dots on top of blue/green look amazing…. but I think adding some yellow and bright purple with the pink dots could imitate lovely drifts of flowers (in a smudgy, impressionistic way). Thanks for the inspiration – I can’t wait to try this!

  • Lory September 25, 2021, 11:57 am

    I’m Team Cool! Thank you for sharing this video with your fun new gloves.

  • Kathy+Gledsdale September 25, 2021, 1:54 pm

    Oh how delicious, I love this idea. Off to find where I put my washing up gloves!
    Thank you xx

  • Karen October 6, 2021, 10:16 pm

    Team Blue, all the way!!!