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. Wow, how could I not know about this exciting printing product!!! I can't wait to place an rider and getting started!!!

  2. Great new technique! Thank you for the tutorial. Can you make 'thin' paints by just adding some water to acrylics, or do you specifically need to have the Golden high flow paints do to this? All of my paints are the inexpensive ones from craft stores, can't afford the nice ones just yet.

  3. Great new technique! Thank you for the tutorial. Can you make 'thin' paints by just adding some water to acrylics, or do you specifically need to have the Golden high flow paints do to this? All of my paints are the inexpensive ones from craft stores, can't afford the nice ones just yet.

  4. Well, at first I didn't think I'd really use a Gelli Plate. Then I began seeing more and more great things being done on the web and YouTube but thought I could find a less expensive way. After trying to use a sheet of glass and piece of fun foam I give up and am prepared to buy the real thing. Maybe I'll get lucky and win your generous prize pack!!!

  5. Never heard of the High Flow Acrylics. I should get some to play around with. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  6. What an awesome prize!!Someone is going to be very lucky to win. I love Gelli printing. Like Forrest Gump says, "you never know what you're gonna get". Always want to do just one more!

  7. I would love to try this. I'm sure my kids would love to dig in and help me. Looks like a great way to create elements for my art journal

  8. What a great prize and great ideas. The things you can do with a Gelli plate and a few paints are truly endless. Thanks for the chance to win and for all of the inspiration you and your artists provide.

  9. today is my birthday and i love gelli printing. I do a demo every year at our art weekend, and would love to use this paints to demo this beautiful technique!

  10. Jane Lazenby ~ Artist

    I love to see what you girls have come up with these wonderful plates and paint colors. Would love to win this prize and play some with them!! Thanks for sharing !!!

  11. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway, it looks like great materials to play with!

  12. Such a wonderful giveaway… love everything that you share here… makes playing with the gelli plate even more fun… posted your badge to my blog…

    Jenny ♥

  13. I LOVE printing and playing with the Gelli….I am a school teacher and just ordered some for my classroom and can't wait to inspire my students…….they are going to LOVE it as much as I do….finger's crossed I win so I can share with my art students…….thanks for the chance………………

  14. we would really love to win these fantastic products.the ideas and possibilities could be little girl loves journalling.she could have so much fun with these paints.we could play and play.Thankyou.

  15. Wow that looks like so much fun! I'd love to win some Gelli to try it out myself 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  16. I LOVE the thick and thin Gelli printing technique!….and would be THRILLED to be the lucky winner of this fantastic giveaway!

  17. Amongst my artista friends, I think I'm the only one not to have tried GelliPrinting yet. It's on the Taa-Dooo List for many reasons, still on the list because of the 25 things ahead of it, but this giveaway would make it #1 for me. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a cool giveaway!!

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