Thick and Thin of Gelli Arts® Printing … And Our New Badge!!!

Addicted to printing with Gelli®? You’re not alone! In fact, we’ve heard that from so many of you, we created a badge so you can share your passion for printing with Gelli® with the world!

To place our new Addicted to Gelli Arts® badge on your blog, just copy and paste the HTML code below into the appropriate HTML/text widget on your blog! 

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Copy this code!

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We hope you like our badge and, of course, we hope to see it in action on your blog 🙂 We’d love to highlight some of the blogs who showcase the Addicted to Gelli Arts® badge so let us know if that’s you!

And now …  

Another exciting technique for your Gel printing!

Watch what happens when you roll a layer of thick paint over a thin one … for a unique way to create a layered multi-color Gelli® print in one pull!

If you’re fascinated with unpredictable paint interactions — you’ll want to explore this FUN technique! 

The principle for this process is simple:

  • A layer of thin paint is rolled on the plate … you must have areas with NO PAINT.
  • Quickly, load your brayer with thick paint and roll it over the thin wet paint.
  • The thick paint will adhere to the plate in the bare areas — and is repelled by the thin wet layer underneath!
  • Wet paint is rolled over wet paint … so it’s FAST and FREE and FUN!!!

This is also known as “Viscosity Printing”. The key to this technique is using paint layers of very different viscosities.

So, in case you’re wondering …

High viscosity paints are thick

— like heavy-body acrylics. 

Low viscosity paints are thin and flow easily 

— like acrylic inks.

Golden Artist Colors has a brand new line of paints called High Flow — and they’re great low viscosity paints for this technique!

Here’s the step-by-step process:

Printing Thick Over Thin

1.  Roll a layer of thin paint onto your Gelli® plate.

NOTE:  If the paint beads up on your plate, try washing it with dish soap (I use Dawn) — then rinse and pat dry.

2. Remove some paint using a paintbrush … or cotton swab … or comb … or your favorite texture tools … and create a design.

3. Apply thick paint to a palette and roll out to load your brayer. 

4. Carefully roll the thick paint over your first layer of thin paint on the Gelli® plate. The thick paint will adhere to the bare areas — while it’s repelled by the thin wet paint.

NOTE:  There’s an element of “touch” involved in this step. As you experiment, you’ll get a feel for how much paint to load on the brayer … and how much pressure to use when rolling the brayer on your plate. You can “kiss” the surface with a light touch  … or use a heavier hand and lay down more paint. The results can vary accordingly, so be prepared to play a bit 🙂 

5. Cover the plate with paper, rub to transfer the paint — and pull your print!

The paints will interact with interesting and unpredictable results — giving you a multi-color print in one pull!

NOTE:  The brayer will pick up the pattern from the plate as you roll the second (thick) layer … so have a piece of paper ready to roll off your brayer and capture these unique images 🙂

Brayer picks up the pattern from the painted plate!
Roll the brayer on a piece of paper for an offset print!
The painted brayers will repeat the pattern as they roll — like a ghost print


  • Keep a sketchbook handy for rolling your brayer and create fabulous pages with various offset prints! You’ll quickly have a collection of great pages!
  • Have fun combining “Thick and Thin” printing with stencils and masks. 
  • Use metallic paints! They’re available in thick and thin viscosities.
  • Roll out more than one color in each thick and thin layer.

Combs make wonderful marks and create fabulous effects in viscosity prints! 

Try the new Catalyst Contour tools by Princeton Artist Brush Co. for creative mark-making!

Empty Montana markers filled with High Flow!

Golden High Flow acrylics have the consistency of ink … so they’re liquid. 

Which means they’re ideal for using with a pen or brush!  

Following a recommendation by Golden, you can load High Flow acrylic paint into refillable markersgreat for working back into prints! 

Printing with different viscosities is fun and adventurous … not to mention … addicting!!! Give it a try — you’ll create some amazing effects!

Check out our fabulous GIVEAWAY!!! 

Our INCREDIBLE PRIZE will have you printing in the “Thick and Thin” of it … and includes:

To be entered to win, you MUST leave a comment here on the blog (not on Facebook… please leave comment HERE on the blog!)

Entries (via comments on the blog) will be accepted until 5pm EST on Tuesday, August 20th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced Wednesday morning, August 21st, here on the Gelli Arts® blog and on our Facebook page

This Contest is officially CLOSED. 


And while you’re feeling the Gelli® love … 

Remember to grab the new Gelli® badge to post it on YOUR blog! Let us know if you do … we will be looking to highlight blogs with the badge on our Gelli Arts® Facebook page 🙂

Good Luck and Happy Printing!

501 thoughts on “Thick and Thin of Gelli Arts® Printing … And Our New Badge!!!”

  1. I would so love to win this. I've been dying to try out the Gelli plate! Thank you for the opportunity at a chance of winning this great prize!

  2. Thank you or showing us new techniques! I teach children at Art Camp and in private lessons and I use the Gelli Plates to teach them about exploring with freedom. They love it and so do I! It also teaches them about color mixing and layering….It's awesome!

  3. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome giveaway. I love the eye candy that is featured here and on Facebook.

  4. That looks amazing. I'm loving the Gelli plate and now have two sizes to play with. Gotta get some thick and thin acrylics now….

  5. Love everything about these techniques, Iw ill have to try them out and I will be grabbing the new badge!!!

  6. My children and I love our Gelli printing and would love to experiment with these items. We love the Gelliarts videos too. Thanks.

  7. Thanks for all these beautiful techniques and thank you for a chance to win this fabulous give away =)

  8. This blog is a treasure …always something it! And this little kit would be sooo perfect sitting on MY desk..Please!!Pick me!! Thank you!

  9. It's very helpful to learn this technique. Will apply this technique to the coming Gelli Arts workshop. Thanks a lot!

  10. Oh my gosh, how have I missed this, How do I beg,pray, plead for this opportunity?But in the meantime I will just say thanks for the great introduction to these fabulous products and how to use them along with all you do for us with the technique tutorials.Muaah!!!Sharon

  11. Had my first Gelli Plate Printing experience a couple weeks ago and I am hooked! This would make a great starter kit for me! Iwould love to win!

  12. Deadicated Morris Park

    Love, Love, Love all your posts, they provide me with an endless amount of inspiration and ideas <3
    Keep em' coming!

  13. What a great technique!! That thin paint sounds fabulous. I got a gelli plate recently, have had so much fun with it.

  14. I seen a link to this product not long ago and I cannot wait to save up enough money to buy and try this! I am coming into my final year studying Fine Art and love printing however its so messy the 'original' way but this just looks awesome 🙂
    This just seem so innovative, easy and unique!

  15. by far this is the most amazing way to express our creativity I've never been so excited about a craft as I am ab9out the
    Gelli Plate got my friend hooked on it just from showing her a video and I tell all my friends its just the coolest thing

  16. I absolutely love calling here to see what's new! I am excited as I've been asked to demo the Gelli plate at a local craft store in September. The Gelli plate has opened a whole new world up for me. Thank you!

  17. WOW! The techniques for Gellis just keep getting better and better! What fun it would be to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

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