Gelli™ Printing: Patterns with Peel-Away Masks

Create amazing patterns in your Gelli prints by printing layers with re-positionable, reusable, peel-away chevron masks! Watch this video and see how easy it is to print an intentional and complex layered pattern using peel-away masks from Hazel and Ruby!

What’s special about this technique is the amount of control you have over your final print, and how easy it is to achieve it!

Hazel and Ruby have a wonderful, on-trend selection of durable, re-usable, peel-away masks in a variety of images, graphic elements and bold alphabets in great font styles. Their self-adhering stencil mask material is also available in solid sheets so you can cut your own (by hand or a die-cutting machine).

Instead of placing masks directly on the Gelli plate as we typically do, the H&R peel-off masks have a low-tack adhesive that allows you to apply them directly to your printing paper—exactly where you want!

The H&R mask images and letters are fairly large—perfect for using with the BIG 12″x14″ Gelli plate! The paper I’m printing on is 9″x12″ Strathmore Bristol—to create bleed (borderless) prints.

All you do is peel the mask off the clear plastic backing sheet, press it onto your paper where you want it placed—then roll out paint on your Gelli plate and print as usual! There’s no need to be concerned about reversals.

After you pull your print, peel off the masks. They’re reusable, so it’s recommended that you replace the masks on their original backing sheet and clean them off right away. It’s easy to wipe the masks clean with a baby wipe while the paint is still wet. As seen in the video, sometimes they stick to the Gelli plate. Not a problem! They peel right off.

The real fun starts when you print additional layers on previously masked prints! With these

masks, you have total control over the placement of one element over another! Pull a print and when it’s dry, place more masks where you want to preserve the previous print image. When that’s dry, you can pull another layer on your print. It’s so exciting to pull off the masks and reveal the layered image!

The paints you use in layered prints have an important impact on the final print image. You can achieve beautiful colors by using thin applications of transparent paints on each layer. Golden Open Acrylic paints work especially well for this. My go-to palette for transparent pigments is Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Quinacridone Magenta and Manganese Blue Hue. I love the clean colors they create when they’re masked and layered!

You can get a totally different effect using opaque paints vs. transparent paints. Here’s an

example using various Golden Heavy Body opaque paint colors.

Using regular masks, it can be tricky to get precise placement when putting them on a painted plate. Being able to adhere your masks directly to the paper makes it simple! To get the effect in the print above, start with smaller circles. For each new layer, cover the previous printed circle image with a slightly larger circle mask.

So there you have it! Another way to create fascinating prints! Creating complex patterns from simple chevron masks can be just the beginning! These prints are a natural springboard for collage or doodling! This technique is great for everything from canvas wall art to journal pages, cards and more!


Winner is Judy H!


And here we go with another AWESOME giveaway!

This prize will have you making large layered, masked prints!

The prize kit includes:

1 – 12″ x 14″ Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

5 – Hazel and Ruby packages of Peel-Off Stencil Masks

3 – 4 oz. jars of Golden Open Acrylic paint

1 –9″ x 12″ Strathmore Bristol pad – 20 sheets

1 – Speedball 4″ Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer

All those goodies—and one more FUN thing…

By request, we’ve taken our ‘Addicted to Gelli’ badge beyond the virtual realm and made it a reality! So we’re adding our brand new pin-backed metal badge to this giveaway!

To enter the giveaway, click on the red “ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE” button below! (This will ensure that we can contact the winner and that entries are limited to one per person. One winner will be selected from all the entries via a random number generator to receive this very special giveaway!) Entries will be accepted until Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 12 noon EST. Our lucky winner will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page no later than January 26th at 5 pm EST! 

Enter Giveaway Here!


Special thanks to our friends at Hazel & Ruby for their generous donation for our prize.

P.S. If you’d like to add our badge to your blog—you can grab the html code from the widget at the top of our blog!

Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

76 thoughts on “Gelli™ Printing: Patterns with Peel-Away Masks”

  1. REALLY enjoyed the video, a new way of using masks directly to the page is fantastic and i am liking the layers of glorious colours and patterns.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win some of the amazing Hazel and Ruby goodies and i would lurve to win a real Addicted to Gelli metal badge, who wouldn't! 🙂 xxx

  2. Another great video and fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance! I've been eyeing those Hazel and Ruby masks!! And who wouldn't want a bigger gelli plate??!!

  3. What a great giveaway this is! Thanks for all the technique tips also, they really help me. Your videos are so clear for a beginner like me to understand.

  4. So many pretty patterns you made, I have not tried gelli anything yet so the next time i visit a craft store I will look into them, they seem so different much fun to create different patterns. Thanks for sharing the video .

  5. Wow Joan! Totally amazing and colourful prints and a fabulous tutorial too.
    Thanks so much for this as I need all the help I can get with my treasured Gelli plates.
    Fliss x

  6. Please, please, please can I win, I would love to try these on a Gelli printed jacket. Thank you Giselle

  7. Maggie Kopp - Martin

    This girl is on a shoe string budget so purchasing a Gelli plate has been out of reach so I opted to try the DIY one and well the results were less then desirable the plate had many imperfections and then it broke apart and crumbled. Here's hoping I win I need the Gelli Plate in my life and the Gelli plate needs me. =)

  8. This is a very cool technique. I always enjoy your videos; they are easy to follow and very well done! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  9. Very inspirational. I'm trying to enter the giveaway, but it keeps saying there's a mistake. I don't know why. Anyway I really liked the project and I do love my Gelli plates.

  10. I love the Results on the Gellie Plate with Golden Open Acrylic Paint, the stencils are great and the prints are lovely (sorry for my bad english)……

  11. What an awesome idea of being able to put the stencils on the paper instead of the plate! Thank you for this give away. 🙂

  12. Another awesome idea that my lack of imagination would have come up with. Please keep the videos coming. Love Gelli Arts!!!!

  13. Woooow what delicious amazingly awesome giveaway! The lucky winner will get heaven on earth! Endless gelli print fun guaranteed! Xx

  14. really enjoyed this video and masks are great. 🙂 The giveaway is awesome. Good lucky everyone. Lynda x

  15. OMG! I HAVE to get the circles! I love circle shapes and polka dots. You don't know how many things I've tried to do this with with on my gelli plate. I can't find anything that works well. This is the answer, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. what a brilliant idea, love it and cannot wait to try this technique. Looks like it is going to be THE one to turn to when Gelli Plating.


    Very clever idea to mask the print and not the plate. Your videos always inspire me, thanks for that:)

  18. What a brilliant idea!!!! Love the layered results……WOW!
    I hope I successfully entered the drawing. It told me I was on the mailing list and to enter HERE, but not sure if I was suppposed to click further or not. There didn't seem to be any other buttons to click.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  19. Now, why didn't I think of that? Peel-away stencils, I mean. What a great idea when used with a Gelli Plate. And I love your button! I would totally wear it.

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