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The Multi Purpose Gel Press Plate

It slices, it dices…well not really, but the Gel Press plate did just about everything for this art journal page! It masked, it stamped, it added the title and of course, made the background.

Watch Stamping, stenciling and masking all on a gel plate on YouTube.

Using a gel print from my stack of papers for the background, I wanted to mask off a hill.  By simply ripping paper, I had the mask but I wanted it positioned somewhere specifically on the print.  That is when the gel plate showed how helpful it can be!

Once I had the paint for the hill on there, it was a breeze to ink up the hand carved owl stamp.

The intention was for this little owl to be standing straight up but instead he has a bit of tilt. OOPS! Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly!

So why didn’t I just paint the hill on the paper? Because it would just be a solid piece of black then.  By using the gel plate, I had little bits of the color underneath artfully peeking out.

To stencil the title for this art journal page, I didn’t want to just stencil it straight on with black paint.  I could have, but that just wouldn’t look like it belonged, so I used the plate to add the title.  I flipped the Uplifting Words stencil over, since words go on backwards to be legible on the print, and applied the paint with a cosmetic sponge.

That little owl needed just one last touch…scribble journaling in the wings and a bit of color in the eyes.  The white Pitt Pen followed by a touch of blue with a brush tipped Pitt Pen.

Remember the stamping OOPS?  Well, that turned out to be a gift because that little bit of leaning gave him so much more personality than if he’d just been standing perfectly straight.  Imperfections add character. Go be magic little one!

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  • CJ July 28, 2017, 2:01 pm

    The “Uplifting Words” stencil u referenced is NOT the stencil with the words “go be magic”

    • Sue July 28, 2017, 5:15 pm

      Hi CJ,
      It seems like it is to me…
      If you click on the blue underlined “Uplifting words” it takes you to the stencil on the website ~ just trying to be helpful. ?

  • Cheryl July 28, 2017, 6:56 pm

    Carolyn, I haven’t commented in a very long time, however, I never miss a video of yours. Not only do you remind me ways to play with my gelli plate, you are so darn fun to watch. Have yourself a great weekend.

  • Maureen Bartling July 29, 2017, 7:21 am

    Love this! Surprised to see the black but I really like it. It is not your typical work and you will leave people wondering whoooo did this one.

  • Susie Risk July 29, 2017, 1:14 pm

    I don’t have a gelli plate yet but it is on the top of my “wish list”. I really like how you used it to make this art page. Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Donna July 29, 2017, 3:01 pm

    Always enjoy your videos and your energy. I love your quirky owl but instead of saying, “Whoo?” I think he might be saying, “What?”

  • Corrine July 30, 2017, 11:32 am

    Really cool video, so simple but a fantastic take on yet another way to use the gel press plate….xox