learn gelli printing

Learn gelli printing to make unique and random backgrounds and layers for any type of art that is super easy and honestly, quite addictive.

Traditionally called gelatin printing, meaning you are using a gelatin plate for the prints and you can use oils, acrylics, watercolours or inks.  You can make your own or use a manufactured one and in this case, I’m using
a gelli printing plate from Gelli Arts and using stencils to create some basic prints.

Learn Gelli Printing

Here are some prints from the video.

gelli printing

learn gelli printing



Background Type:

  • Monoprinting can be addictive, so  have plenty of surfaces available.  You can use any weight of paper, but be careful of very thin papers as it may tear when you lift up the print.
  • Book Paper
  • Card Stock
  • Watercolour Paper
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Canvas Paper
  • etc. etc. etc.

Palette: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Hansa Yellow Light – DMFA16
  • Pyrrole Red – DMFA18
  • Primary Cyan – DMFA27
  • Titanium White – DMFA39
  • Cadmium Red Hue – DMFA04

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20 (recommended if you are working in a hot dry environment)

DecoArt Stencils

  • Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencil, Serendipity – Andy104
  • Americana Stencil, Medieval Iron Accent – AS14


  • Brayer
  • Gel Printing Plate


Clear Choice Stencil Brushes

  • 3/8″ Domed White Bristle – 1113
  • 1/2″ Short Length White Bristle – 1112

Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


What did you think?

If you wanted to learn gelli printing, would you prefer using a manufactured plate such as the Gelli plate, or try making one yourself if you had the recipe?  Share in the comments below.