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What Is the Best Paint for Gelli® Printing?

What is the best paint for Gellii® printing?

What is the best paint for Gelli® printing?  Any acrylic paint will work and different paints behave differently.  Spoiler alert- there isn’t one paint that is best.  Why? Because it depends on what look you want as well as what paints feel most comfortable to you.

In the video, I compare 5 different acrylic paints: Golden Open Acrylic, Liquitex Heavy Body, Amesterdam, DecoArts Fluid Acrylic, and Folk Art.

What else is in there?

  • how to get rid of brayer lines
  • what impact the amount of paint has on a stenciled print
  • how 2 of the paints behave differently with a stencil

There’s lots of great information in here!

Watch What is the best paint for Gelli® printing? on YouTube.

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Gelli Play One Pull Wonders Workshop with Carolyn Dube

Ready to play with the entire rainbow all at once?  Take advantage of the hours and hours I’ve spent discovering what you can do with a Gelli Plate®.  I’ve done all that experimentation so you can dive right in and make complex prints yourself with One Pull Wonders.

Once you know how it’s done, it is very easy to create layers of vibrant colors in just one easy pull.  Even if you’ve never Gelli® printed before!  And these are all techniques that I haven’t shared before!

 You can find out all about this workshop here.

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The Prints Made During the Video

Here the 5 paints and pull number 1 and 2 made with them.  Golden Open Acrylics stay wet, or open, longer than any of the others.  This can be very handy if you live in a very dry climate or want to work slowly when printing. The others will dry out so I have all my supplies nearby so I can quickly get paper onto the wet paint.

Time is of the essence if I want to get multiple pulls.   Any paint with fluid in the name means it flows easily…it’s more fluid.  When spreading fluid paints with a brayer, it has a very different feel than a thicker, less fluid paint.  Good or bad? Depends on what feels  comfortable to you and what look you want in a print.

What is the best paint for Gellii® printing?

What type of paint you use impacts the look of your prints and so does the amount of paint.  In fact, how much paint you use makes a huge difference in the prints.   Below you can see how the same stencil (Arched Aqueducts stencil) prints when using more or less paint.  Both of these are first pulls.

What is the best paint for Gellii® printing?

The first pulls are nice, but it is the ghost prints that make me the happiest.  Serendipity at its finest.  I never know for sure what I am going to get with each print I pull off.

What is the best paint for Gellii® printing?

You can mix paints right on the Gelli® Plate, and you can mix different types of acrylic paints.

What is the best paint for Gellii® printing?

Here is the first and second pull from the Gelli® Plate using 3 different acrylic paints.  In the video, I showed how to get rid of those brayer lines if you want, however I really like how they add to my prints.  The first prints is great but the 2nd pull is where the magic is for me.

What is the best paint for Gellii® printing?

Want more Gelli Plate® fun? I have more YouTube videos waiting for you right here!

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  • Corrine July 1, 2015, 8:49 am

    Nice comparison. I like Delta craft paint. It’s opaque, but fluid and works great for monoprinting. xox

  • Penny July 1, 2015, 9:38 am

    Wow, this is a great video. I so appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge. I have many craft paints and use them with lots of satisfaction. Thanks!

  • Caroline Duncan July 1, 2015, 10:48 am

    Great video and comparison! But I loved the tips you gave the most of all. The packing tape strips are divine! Could you feel me trying to will you to use the printed side of the scrapbook paper with the stencil?!!? LOL I think it would look cool… and gave me an idea of how to use up a lot of scrapbook paper now. 🙂

  • SusanJane July 1, 2015, 1:52 pm

    Brilliant… as always! I live in drought land California and I’ve had some luck with a super fine mist of water between pulls. I haven’t tried open body but I’ve really been able to extend my paint that way. Too much mist and it gets watery, of course. Just a thought for anyone in a dry climate or maybe even older paints.

  • Susan July 1, 2015, 6:58 pm

    I was hoping to learn more about the difference in paints after they have dried. I find using mostly inexpensive craft paints on my Gelli plate that I get very rough texture once the paint has dried. I will often scrub with a paper towel to get the paint not so rough to the touch. Is that because of the type of paint I’m using or the amount of paint? I should provably experiment but wondered if anyone had noticed this and had a quick answer.

  • Vicki ross July 1, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Man, that was some f-ugly paper! Glad you recycled…giggle! Good demo!

  • Jackie July 2, 2015, 8:35 pm

    Great informative video, Carolyn. Thanks for sharing that with us. Loved those rich teals! 🙂

  • Elizabeth F. Kaplan July 3, 2015, 9:32 am

    This is SOOOO great! How kind of you to research/pay for our benefit. =)

  • Julie July 7, 2015, 2:02 pm

    I always learn something new when I watch Carolyn’s videos, and I enjoy every minute!

  • Pam Muir February 27, 2019, 8:27 am

    I really liked the presentation. I’ve been playing with gelli prints for 3 years and still found your video very refreshing. Thank you.