Wipe Out Monoprinting

Create unique monotypes by wiping paint OFF your Gelli® plate. Watch this fun video to see some great effects you can achieve using the fabulous new Catalyst Wedge tools for printing with Gelli®!

This is a subtractive, or negative, method of monoprinting. That means you start by applying paint to your plate — and remove some by wiping it off to create your image.

Combs and scrapers can create an exciting variety of highly individual mark-making resulting in original and unique Gelli® prints.

Wiping combs and scrapers across the Gelli® plate is a fast and easy way to create dynamic patterns. I’m using Catalyst Wedges, made by the Princeton Brush Co., for these techniques — and they work beautifully! I am loving these tools!

In case you’re not familiar with the new Catalyst Wedges — they’re made of silicone and ergonomically designed to fit in your hand. Fun to use. Easy to wipe clean … and dried paint peels right off.  How perfect!

And did you notice that the prints in this video are created on our NEW biggest Gelli® plateYES!  That plate is 12″x14″ — so for those of you who are looking for a larger Gelli experience … it’s now available 🙂

To make your print:

  1. Apply paint to your Gelli® plate and roll it out with a brayer. Using several analogous colors can give your print added interest.
  2. Swipe the comb tools into all kinds of patterns. Use a scraper tool and remove some of the paint to make your marks. Be spontaneous and have fun!
  3. Cover your painted plate with paper. Rub to transfer the paint — and pull your print.


Layer comb lines in different and crisscross directions to create complex patterns!

Layer one wiped print over another!

Comb into the paint before you add stencils and masks for another element of pattern in your prints. Love that!

Easy! Fun! And totally addicting!

And since we’re talking about wiping out … let’s not forget the ubiquitous pencil eraser! It’s a perfect tool for making dots! Just press into the paint and it will leave a nice round mark! Try it! Cotton swabs also do the trick 🙂

Wiping paint off the plate creates prints with areas that are perfect for working back into. It’s fun to doodle in the blank areas!

Write journal entries along the swirly combed lines! Add collage elements!

Fill in wiped out areas with watercolors, sprays, Distress Stains and more! The acrylic paint will act as a resist. (See blog: Are We There Yet — for ideas and info!)

So many possibilities!

This Contest is officially CLOSED

Eager to get your hands on these fabulous state-of-the-art new Catalyst Wedges?

Here’s a truly AMAZING GIVEAWAY to get you wiping out print designs like crazy!

And hey, who says the number 13 is unlucky???!!! Not us!

THIRTEEN! — yes, 13 — lucky winners will be selected at random to each win a set of three (3) new Catalyst Wedges.


ONE lucky GRAND PRIZE WINNER will ALSO win a 6×6 Gelli plate in addition their set of 3 Catalyst Wedges. *GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*


To enter to win all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog….

**If you announce our giveaway on YOUR blog or Facebook page, your name will be entered TWICE — doubling your chance to win! Just make sure we know you’ve done it 🙂**

This Contest is officially CLOSED 

A HUGE Gelli thanks to the wonderful Princeton Brush Co. for contributing their ultra-cool wedges to our blog giveaway!

The winners will be announced on (this Friday – November 23rd, 2012) here on the blog … and by Nancy on the Gelli Arts Facebook page.

Good Luck! And Happy Printing!

237 thoughts on “Wipe Out Monoprinting”

  1. I love the variety and flexibility of these techniques. Instead of paper, I plan on applying these to printing on fabric. Thanks for sharing this wonderful set of ideas.

  2. I am so looking forward to getting a chance to try out Gelli plates. I posted your info on my facebook page and in groups on facebook. 🙂

  3. I would totally love to win those Catalyst wedges. Haven't used my Gelli plate yet, looking forward to doing so soon.

  4. Love see the variety of results people get with the Gelli Plate. Would be so fun to play with it and the Catalyst wedges. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  5. Wow wow!! My brain is overflowing with expiraments for this! Like black and white copies of photos as the paper to print on. Fingers are crossed!

  6. Woh i love my gelliplates and all the possibilities they give me to be creative. Those wedges look pretty cool. Hope they will sell them in the Netherlands to…
    I hope i have a chance to win and keep my fingers crossed!
    With regards,
    Anna Lemsma

  7. Carmone Macfarlane

    I would love to try these in my classroom!! They look like a great tool that can withstand lots of uses!

  8. I'm already fascinated with Gelli printing, but these new gadgets will be the catalyst to send me "over the wedge."

  9. I just discovered your company and web site. I have never tried Gelli printing, but I sure do intend to do so asap. This has given me some great ideas for my card making.
    Posted the contest link on my facebook page.

  10. Holy Toledo, those Catalyst Wedges are awesome! I hope I win, but even if I don't, I'll be ordering some I bet. LOVE my Gelli plates.

  11. Oh my gosh, I'm totally blown away with the looks one can get
    with your wedges. You've opened a whole new world of painting with Gelli Plates for me. Thank you for offering a chance to win some of your wedges.

  12. Totally love the effects these wedges give especially when you leave the paint to dry then do a print, that's just too cool.
    Would love a set to see the effects in person!! :OP

  13. I would love to try this! I took many printmaking classes in college and would have loved to have had Gelli +the tools!

  14. Rockin Robin Caldwell

    I just got my gelli plate a couple of weeks ago. I've been looking at hair picks, noodle brushes and other household texture making possibilities. I sure would love to win a set of these! Love the blog and am following on FB too. Hugs, Rockin Robin Caldwell

  15. Wow, this is another awesome video!! I love the gelliplate very much! It's conquering the Netherlands!! 🙂 Thank you for this inspiration!

    Margo Marnette

  16. Amazing video. I love my Gelli plates and can't wait to try these nifty tools. What kind of paper do you print on? I love that you can go back and add to your prints. Truly inspirational!

  17. I keep thinking of the Dr. Seuss book – Oh, imagine the cloth and paper you can print!!! I love my baby Gelli!

  18. Amy Art Quilter & Fyber Cafe

    Love these new tools!! I want some to try! beautiful bright colors on your samples
    AmyVetter at amysetcetera.blogspot.com

  19. This video was so intriguing – and so frustrating, because I wanted to instantly recreate what I saw – only I don't have the Gelli Plate yet – and I don't have the wedges yet – I have the paint, though! Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

  20. I used a scraper similar to the wedge tools at the weekend with pleasing results. I can see that having different sizes can be even more fun.

  21. Enjoying using my gelli plates and a set of wedge tools would be fabulous. thanks for the chance to win a set.

  22. I'd love to be in with a chance of winning a set of these tools. I think the gelli plate is fab. Hopefully this time my comment will load.

  23. Hope I am not too late to be entered in the giveaway! I love the Gelli Plates – use mine for printing fabric, mostly.

  24. I just got my Gelli Plate. I've only had time to make a few monoprints but what fun!!! I love the video with this post. I can see that I need ALL the Catalyst Wedges. Keeping my fingers crossed…toes and eyes, too. LOL!! Thank you for the opportunity.

  25. Thanks to everyone for all the fabulous comments and for sharing our tutorial and video with friends – you're the best! The winners have been chosen and contacted via this blog post, email or on Facebook. Thanks again and Happy Printing!

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