Sakura® + Gelli Arts® Collaboration: Hand-Lettered Quotes by Martice Smith

Hello everyone! Martice here! Today I’d like to show you how I use scrap pieces of gel prints to create hand-lettered encouragement quotes using Gelli Arts® and Sakura® of America products.

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You can display your quotes on a wall near your work desk or add them to your favorite planner with washi tape. This is a super fun and unique way to bring color, texture, and personality into your space.

I selected a few prints from my paper stash that had bright colors and ones that had darker tones and grungy texture.

Here’s a tip that’ll help you with creating the grungy texture on the Gelli® Arts gel printing plate: don’t clean the plate after pulling your prints.

That’s right – allow the little specks of leftover paint to dry on the plate.

Have you ever noticed that some of the paint doesn’t lift off the plate when you pull a print? I like to think of this as a textural element – a little sprinkle of surprise! I simply apply more paint to the plate when I’m ready to pull another print.

Lay your paper down onto the plate, rub while gently pressing with the palm of your hand and allow it to sit on the gel plate for 1 – 2 minutes.

Slowly pull the paper from the gel plate to reveal your textured print. Over time, the paint will cake up along the edges of the gel plate, like this…

Start free-hand doodling. (Use a pencil to lightly sketch in the words.)  I used this time to experiment and try out each pen.

This is a simple, stress-relieving way to warm up and encourage yourself before diving into your next project or painting.


I create a lot of abstract paintings mixed with graffiti work so I’m always in need of an opaque pen to write on top of dried acrylic paint.

My style of doodling and mark-making calls for pens and markers to work extra hard to create the look I want. This is my first time using the opaque markers. These pens are xylene-free – so there’s no strong odor that’ll make you dizzy or have you scrambling outside for fresh air.

I was surprised to learn that I didn’t need to go over anything a second time – one application was enough! Here are other benefits I like about these pens: 

● The ink flow was smooth and consistent.

● The pens never “hiccuped” or skipped while I was writing.

● ALL colors remained vibrant.

● The Souffle pens “brightened” up as they dried and seemed to glow on the darker gel printed papers.

The Souffle pens impressed me with their texture! It’s subtle but I could feel the difference in this pen vs. the Graphic pen, which has a smooth, non-textured ink flow.

Take a closer look at the ink saturation. (I used a grey Souffle pen to color in the ENTIRE background! And guess what? There was about 45% of ink left in the pen. That’s enough to make at least two more of this same illustration!)


If you like metallics, you’ll have to try the Pen-Touch metallic copper pen by Sakura. (It’s a pump-action pen so you’ll need to press down on the tip to get the ink to flow into the nib.) Usually, the ink in metallic paint pens likes to spread, stain or bleed through the paper. I’m so glad that this pen isn’t like that! Every mark I made with these pens was crisp and clean.


Gelli Arts® – Gel Printing Plate

● Scraps of gel printed and stenciled papers

● Acrylic paints

Sakura products: 

● White Gelly Roll pen 

● Pen-Touch Permanent Paint Markers (1.0 mm fine point)

● Pigma Graphic Bullet + Chisel Pens (1.0 mm, 2.0 mm)

● Souffle Pens (opaque matte 3D)

Be sure to play and experiment with different pens on your gel prints to find out which ones are your favorite! 

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3 thoughts on “Sakura® + Gelli Arts® Collaboration: Hand-Lettered Quotes by Martice Smith”

  1. I adore this style of hand lettering, it's a great way for a beginner to try this craft. Thanks for sharing your opinions of the different pens.

  2. I have souffle pens and they wont work. I use them once and next time I go to use them they seem to have dried up. Caps are always on but they refuse to flow. How do I get these oens to work. Thanks

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