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Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plates


Gel printing plates look and feel like gelatin. They are durable, reusable and can be stored at room temperature. Easy to clean and always ready for printing.

  • Recommended to use with acrylic paints. It is not necessary to clean the plate between prints, unless desired.
  • You may use oil paints with the gel printing plate.
  • Not recommended to use with dyes when printing on the plate as the gel plate will absorb some of the dye and become permanently stained. Stains will not affect printing performance.
  • Compatible with many paints and inks like water-soluble printmaking inks and fabric paints.
  • You can also use washable and permanent markers.  When using permanent markers, the ink drys more quickly so you have to move quickly to pull the print. You have more time with washable markers - as they stay wet longer.

Easy clean up:

  • Acrylic paints can be cleaned from the plate with mild soap and water. Rinse and gently pat the printing plate with a paper towel.
  • Oil paints can be cleaned from the gel printing plate with baby oil and wiped clean with a paper towel.
  • Baby wipe products can also be used to clean your gel printing plate.

Making your mark:

  • Achieve fun textures with bubble- wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string.
  • For hand drawn mark-making use soft- tipped tools like paint brushes, cotton tipped swabs or rubber tipped tools.
  • Do not use pointy tools such as pencils and toothpicks as they may scratch the gel plate surface and leave permanent marks.

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Essential to know:

  • Store your gel printing plate in its original packaging, or on a smooth tray or piece of glass. Always keep your gel printing plate laying flat on a smooth, clean surface. 
  • The gel printing plate has an extremely sensitive surface and will imprint any texture it is sitting upon.
  • Do not cover gel printing plate with plastic wrap or waxed paper as these wraps will wrinkle and imprint on your gel printing plate.
  • The gel printing plate is made of a unique plastic that contains mineral oil. The gel plate will leak a small amount of harmless mineral oil when left sitting on an absorbent surface.
  • We recommend you protect your work surface by placing your gel printing plate on a smooth, flat, non-porous barrier such as a Teflon® sheet, baking tray or piece of glass.
  • Do not place your gel printing plate directly on a surface that may absorb the harmless mineral oil, like a wooden table.
  • The gel printing plate may exude a small amount of harmless mineral oil when exposed to warm environments. This is normal and, when wiped off, will not affect printing performance.
  • Do not use any glossy paper stock, including glossy photo paper. It can stick to and damage the surface of the gel plate.
  • As your gel plate is used, it is normal for it to lose its glass finish and become matte and cloudy. This does not affect its performance.
  • There is no latex in the gel plate, and it does not contain any animal products.

View PDF:  Gelli Plates Instructions and Care

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Gelli Arts Made Lessons - How to make:

  •   Faux Crackle Boxes
  • Tangling Books,
  • Layering Techniques,
  • Image Transferring,
  • Cacti Name Placeholders,
  • Cardboard Texture Plates,
  • Wrapping Paper, etc
Gelli Arts Lesson