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Ripped, Torn, and Layered

This all started with 2 gel prints. Then the ripping. The tearing. And that’s when I realized the plan I had wasn’t going to work. And that was a good thing because where it ended up was far better than what I had planned!

These 2 gel prints sparked the idea for this art journal page. They’re made with PanPastels on a gel plate using 2 stencils, Venetian Buildings and Uplifting Words.

How do you use PanPastels on a gel plate to get grungy layers in one pull? My process is broken down step-by-step in Gel Printing with PanPastels online workshop. Plus, there’s a bonus video in there of how the techniques were combined to create these exact pages.

The “plan” was to use the entire print and a couple of the words. But I didn’t want to cover up a thing on the print and no matter what I did, the words just didn’t feel right.

Then it finally dawned on me that maybe the plan I had needed to change. So I went through a box of leftovers and scraps to see where that took the play.

What was found in that box pointed me in a new direction and the plan I had was abandoned and the words set aside.

This background is colorful junk mail. Anything can be arted on, and junk mail is a great way to have fun with color.

The new plan created a new challenge, how to use all of the gel print and have the colorful Rembrandt on the page looking down. Spoiler alert, something had to be sacrificed.

Torn edges are great for adding extra pops of color, especially with Marabu’s Art Crayons. They’re creamy like my mom’s lipstick (and yes, she did get mad every time I used it like a crayon as a kid) and blend easily.

For a bit of scribble journaling, I wanted a gray colored pencil because they write so nicely on a PanPastel gel print. But I didn’t have a gray one. Then it hit me, a regular pencil is gray and I have plenty of those!

There were little bits of paper all around from the ripping and tearing of edges early in the process. Those scraps were colored, torn, and glued all around page.

Public Service Announcement- keep the scraps, leftovers, remnants of other play around you instead of cleaning everything off perfectly, because you never know when those will call to you!

Ready to make layered prints with your PanPastels to use in your art journal? Then check out Gel Printing with PanPastels!


Gel Printing with PanPastels

Can you use PanPastels on a gel plate? Yes! There are things that PanPastesls can only do with a gel plate that they could never ever do with paper alone.

The process I use seals the PanPastels automatically. That means as soon as you take the pull, they are sealed and good to go for art journaling, card making, scrapbooking, collage, or framing! 

So how did I figure all this out? Play.  I was curious, or as my husband would say obsessed, with understanding what would happen when I use these supplies together.

Once I realized why it was happening, it opened up a whole new way of using PanPastels.  I loved PanPastels before and once I started using them on a gel plate, it’s taken that love to a whole new level!

What I learned I’ve put into a workshop for you so you can dive right in and immediately understand the whys and hows while having fun making prints with PanPastels!

It’s all broken down step-by-step. But just because the techniques are easy to understand -they are anything but simple.  It’s actually pretty advanced stuff in here

In this workshop:

  • Discover the techniques that PanPastels can only do when you use a gel plate.  They’ll never be able to do this on paper alone…
  • Find out the little layering touches that take your prints to the next level…
  • How to have your PanPastels sealed without actually sealing them. It’s always great to be able to skip a step…
  • And MUCH, much more…

Do I need to know how to use PanPastels?  Nope. This is a completely different way of using PanPastels so no experience needed.  

My gel plate is still in the package. Can I still do this workshop if I’ve never made a gel print?  Yes!  It’s a step-by-step process that is fully explained.  

My Guarantee

Try the workshop for 30 days.  After watching the videos, you will know how to use PanPastels on a gel plate to make prints you love.  I 100%  guarantee it. If you don’t, send me an email, and I’ll gladly refund you.  No questions asked.

What’s included:

  • 9 lesson with 15+ videos-Watch on mobile or desktop
  • Over 3 hours of carefully edited videos
  • Printable Mud Makers Cheat Sheet 
  • Printable templates for the clouds and waves
  • Self-paced – all content immediately available
  • Lifetime access

PLUS get 3 bonus lessons when you sign up now!

Printing on Fabric, Grungy Layers, and Aged Layers!


In the first BONUS lesson you’ll see several workshop techniques combined together to create this colorful grungy layered background. Watch it go from a so-so printing to mysteriously layered in the end! But this bonus is only available when you sign up now!

Yes, you can print on fabric with these techniques! The 2nd bonus video shows you how! The fabric is not washable, so that means it is great for art quilts to be hung on a wall, mixed media fabric art, home decor items, basically, any fabric use that won’t involve putting it in a washing machine.

But wait, there’s more! There’s a 3rd bonus lesson where we’ll create the look of aged layers. You’ll see how these 2 prints came to life using a combination of techniques from the workshop. You’ll be looking over my shoulder as I explain it step-by-step.

What supplies do you need? PanPastels in any colors you like, cosmetic sponges, any stencil, any size gel plate and the basic supplies for making a gel print. I’ll be using StencilGirl stencilsand Gel Press plates.

I encourage you to use what you have, and in the classroom, I have a video that walks you through your supply options in depth.

Lessons in this Workshop:

  • How PanPastels Work on Gel Plate
  • Cleaning the Gel Plate
  • Blending Colors Directly On the Plate
  • The Pounce and Grab
  • Rainbow Clouds and a Silver Lining
  • Surfing the Waves
  • Blended Butterflies
  • 2 Very Different Looks from the Same Supplies
  • Layers of Pattern in A Single Pull

The Superpower of PanPastels is the blending.  All those vibrant creamy colors blend magnificently.

The gel plate’s superpower is layering.  There are things with layers that you can only do with a gel plate! When you use these 2 together, it opens up a whole new set of possibilities for your prints!

What’s included:

  • 15+ videos-Watch on mobile or desktop
  • Over 3 hours of carefully edited videos
  • Printable Mud Makers Cheat Sheet 
  • Printable templates for the clouds and waves
  • Self-paced – all content immediately available
  • Lifetime access


PLUS get 3 bonus lessons when you sign up now!

Printing on Fabric, Grungy Layers, and Aged Layers!


This is a self-paced workshop which means all of the videos are available for you to watch at your own pace as soon as you’re registered.

How long do you have to watch it all?  As long as you need since you have lifetime access and all the videos are downloadable.

What if I’m new to understanding color? There’s a Mud Makers Cheat Sheet for you to print out so I’ve got your back!

How long is each video? On average, the videos are approx. 10-15 minutes long. There is over 3 hours of edited content in the workshop.

Is there a guarantee? Absolutely! Try the workshop for 30 days.  After watching the videos, you will know how to use PanPastels on a gel plate to make prints you love.  I 100%  guarantee it. If you don’t, send me an email, and I’ll gladly refund you.  No questions asked. 

Are the videos downloadable? Yes!  They are hosted on Vimeo so you can watch them on your computer or mobile devices.

Is there lifetime access? Yes!

Am I able to ask questions or get help?  Yes!  You can post your questions in the classroom and we have an optional private Facebook group.

Have a question about the workshop? Just send me an email and I’ll get you an answer!


Play.  It isn’t just for kids, it’s for grown-ups too.  Kids jump right in to play – no warm-up needed.  Adults sometimes need a little help getting to that playful place. That’s where my free Sparks of Art-spiration can help.

See how to use a Spark as a springboard for your play in the video and you can get the Spark that goes with this video here.  Then each week, you’ll get a brand new Spark as well as creative encouragement in your inbox.

When I looked in the Spark I saw a flower.  The cool thing about Sparks is that it’s like looking at clouds, everyone can see something different. I’ve even found that on different days, I’ll see different things in the same Spark. 

Since Sparks are downloadable, when you see another shape in it, you can print another and play again. That also takes away any pressure that it might be “ruined”. If it is, you just print another!

Is that grass shark fins or mountains? It certainly didn’t look like blades of grass to me. 

To get a bit of color that was translucent for the center of the flower, a bit of water was added to the acrylic gouache. Acrylic gouache will act like watercolor when you add water but when it dries it is permanent, meaning it won’t reactivate any more the way a traditional gouache or watercolor does.

Did you notice that oddball flower petal when the white background was added?  Well, that was an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  Not a mistake, but an opportunity. 

That horrifying petal had to be covered up. Okay, that might be a bit overdramatic, but I really didn’t like it. So I used a word to hide it.  

My Open Ended stencil from StencilGirl let me trace the letters to fill in with paint. I designed this stencil to help people like me who are impatient, hate to measure and struggle to make even titles.  Without the guide of the pencil lines, my letters would have been 4 different heights!

This is a do as I say not as I do kind of a thing.  Pens write really nicely on the acrylic gouache, but you do have to let the paint fully dry before you write on them.  That required more patience than I had, so I wrote on there before I “should have”. 

That’s why I was wiping the pen tip off in the video. In case you’re wondering, the pen did survive!

Now you know how to use a Spark of Art-spiration as a starting place for your play.  Download it from the email, print it out and then use any supplies you have on hand, after all the best ones are the ones within arm’s reach! 

What’s a Spark of Art-spiration? It is a springboard for your creative play that comes weekly in the newsletter.

How do you use a Spark?  Print out the Spark on a printer, any printer- ink jet or laser,  in whatever size you want and then play.  You have complete freedom to experiment, play, explore.

What if one gets “ruined”?  Simply print another. That means you can never run out of them so there is no pressure whatsoever as you play.  Of course, any time there is a “mistake” it is really just an O.O.P.S., an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.

How you can get a new Spark each week? Just click here to get signed up for the newsletter. When you get signed up, you’ll get this Spark right now and you’ll get a new one each week in the newsletter along with creative encouragement.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!