Printing Drop Shadows with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® Blog!

It’s Birgit here today to show you a technique that is definitely not new- but, there is nothing wrong with revisiting an oldie but goodie, especially when it is such a great one, right!?

Watch my video and create along with me:

This 3- layer technique with stencils and masks creates drop shadows which gives your prints a wonderful 3D effect.

And it is easy as one – two – three!

Print your first layer in middle value colors. Then, place a stencil or mask on top and print the second layer with a darker/contrasting color. Finally, place the stencil or mask slightly off on the print and print with a light (but opaque) color on top. I added some titan white to my last layers to make the light colors more opaque. 

Please share your drop shadow prints with us on Instagram using @GelliArts and #gelliarts – We love seeing your creations!


– Gelli Arts® 6×6″ Gel Printing Plate

– Brayer

– Acrylic Paint (DecoArt, Amsterdam, Liquitex)

– Stencils and masks: my designs for Carabelle studios (Indian Tile stencil, Indian Mandala mask)

– Acrylic block 17x17cm: Carabelle studio

Thank you for reading and happy printing!


5 thoughts on “Printing Drop Shadows with Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen”

  1. I haven't used my gelli plate for a while but Birgit inspires me with this technique to get out my gelli plate and try this technique for myself, my day off work today and and I know now how I will pass the time, thank you!

  2. Hi Birgit, I absolutely love this technique and cannot wait to try it. You always have such creative new ideas, many thanks, Jo

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