Create a fun journal page using the Gel Plate to build up layers of patterns & colours. The possibilities are endless, no two projects are ever the same.
• Gel Press (we used a 5x7 but you can use any size you like)
• X-Press A5 It Mixed Media Journal
• Soft Rubber Brayer
• Acrylic Paint (We used Jo Sonja’s)
• Textures and found objects (we used corrugated card, a FabScraps stencil, bubble wrap & a paint brush)
• Scrap Paper
First Layer - Background
Apply a small amount of paint to your Gel Press. Using your brayer, spread it out to a thin, even layer. Lay a piece of corrugated card, face down on the plate and gently press. To create a cross hatch, reposition the card in the opposite direction then set your card aside for another project.
Press your journal page face down, onto your Gel Press. Gently rub the back of your page, then peel it off to reveal your pattern. Allow your page to dry enough so that it is no longer tacky.
Second Layer - Bubble Wrap
Apply a contrasting colour of paint to your Gel Press and spread with your brayer. Lay a piece of bubble wrap face down and gently press, then remove and set aside.
Press an area of your journal page onto your Gel Press, rub and peel of to reveal. Use a piece of your scrap paper to remove the excess paint from your Gel Press. See tips below!
Third Layer - Stencil
Apply another contrasting colour of paint to your Gel Press and spread with your brayer. Position your stencil on top of your Gel Press, then lay your journal page down and press firmly. Peel the page of to reveal. Use a piece of your scrap paper to remove the excess paint from your Gel Press.
Fourth Layer - Dots
Using the end of a paint brush, add small dots of paint to your Gel Press. Lightly press your journal page onto the Gel Press. Reposition the opposite corner of your page to repeat the same pattern. The second corner may be lighter, but gives a great effect.
Using your paintbrush add fine lines and dots to lift the colours and make them pop!
• Use a piece of scrap paper to remove any excess areas of paint from each layer of your Gel Press. The odd bits of leftover paint can create really interesting works of art!
• Experiment with different textures to create interesting layers. Try paper towel, a comb, mesh, rubber bands... Be creative.
• Keep baby wipes on for a quick and easy clean up. Check out our previous Gel Press blog post for more tips and clean up tricks.