Image Resist Printing Using StazOn + Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen

Hello and welcome to the Gelli Arts® blog!

It’s Birgit here today with some exciting news.

Maybe you remember that almost 2 years ago, I made a video about the image resist printing technique. It was an exciting new technique and many people tried it. Some with amazing results, but there were also quite some people who didn’t get it to work. It was a challenging technique where you needed to have all the variables right and I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people got sad, frustrated and gave up.

Today, I have some great news for all those people! I discovered another way of doing image resist printing that is much easier and has a way higher success rate.

The magic ingredient is StazOn!

I tried this technique with more than 10 different magazines and brochures, combined with 6 different types/brands of paint and my success rate was over 95%. The failures had to do with too much rubbing or too much paint, but all combinations worked.

So, if you wanted to do image transfers on the gel plate, but they never worked for you, then check out this video, give it a shot, and image resist printing may be your new favorite thing to do ☺


1. Apply a nice even layer of StazOn to the Gelli Arts® gel printing plate.

2. Let the ink dry.

3. Roll out some paint on a sheet of paper.

Note: make sure your brayer is covered with a thin layer of paint before you touch the gel plate. A dry/clean brayer will lift up the ink. 

4. Apply a thin and even layer of paint on top of the ink with your brayer.

5.Then place the magazine image on top while the paint is still wet and rub carefully.

6. Then remove the image.

Note: if there is not enough ink left on the plate, then you probably rubbed too much. You can carefully lift up the image to see if you need more rubbing. The more absorbent the magazine paper is, the less pressure you need.

7. Apply a new thin layer of paint, there is no need to let the first layer dry.

8. Place your printing paper on top while the paint is still wet and rub firmly. Pull- et voila!

Note: if there is still ink left on the plate then you probably used too much paint. You only need a thin layer to pick up the ink.

Remember- your prints don’t have to be perfect! If you want perfect, it’s easier to make a photo copy ☺ Be sure to share with us your image resist prints by tagging us @gelliarts and #gelliarts !

Thank you for stopping by and happy printing!



Magazines tested: Harper’s Bazaar, Nouveau, Jan, Elle, Linda., Marie Claire, Margriet, Vogue, Happinez, Flow, and a couple of cheap brochures I received in the mail.

Paints tested: DecoArt premium, Talens Amsterdam Standard Series, Americana, DecoArt Media Fluid, Gelli Arts®, Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body and Liquitex Soft Body.

StazOn colors tested: Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Olive Green and Royal Purple. I also tried to do this with pigment inks but they didn’t work.

Other products used: Gelli Arts® 3×5″ Gel Printing Plate, Speedball Brayer, heavy (200gr.) copier paper.

Giveaway time!

We are giving away 2 StazOn ink pads and a 3×5″ Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate to one lucky winner!

To enter: leave a comment on this blog post and we will randomly draw a winner. Deadline is Sunday, December 23, 2019 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

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97 thoughts on “Image Resist Printing Using StazOn + Gelli Arts® by Birgit Koopsen”

  1. I noticed that the glossy paper magazines worked for me in the past. I will definitly try this technique with other papers. Thanks! & Happy Holidays! Ilse

  2. This is great. It worked for me once and after that no more but this video is nice to see how to let it work. I think is used too mutch paint so it didnt work thanks for the nice video.

  3. Thanks Birgit for finding another way to do resist prints. I tried the other way, and didn't get good results. I'm excited to try this new technique. Love your videos!

  4. I have always wanted to try this and I definitely will be now. Thanks for finding a new and consistently successful way to get great transfer prints.

  5. I am excited about this new technique. I had been trying all the other ways and nothing seemed to be working. I have one Stazon ink pad in black, so I am going to try it. Great giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win. ����

  6. There definitely has been a high failure rate when I’ve tried image transfers. Imagine my delight and excitement if I can succeed more with this technique! Thanks Birgit!

  7. Oh my gosh, that looks amazing. I am the proud new owner of two Gelli print blocks and this technique looks amazing.

  8. This is odd. I have more success with the old technique then this one. What am I doing wrong? The ink is still tacky but not wet when I apply my thin layer of pick up paint but the whole thing comes up and only once (out of 4 tries) did I get part of the image. I have two plates inked now and I'll let them dry overnight then try again in the morning. AWK!!

  9. Yay, Birgit, a wonderful post. I love your clear thoughts and instructions. Your statement, "I think it's safe to say that a lot of people got sad, frustrated and gave up" is so true. I had marginal success but still got abstract results that I liked and could use, but this seems much better. Will try this soon. Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays to everyone!

  10. Oh wow This is goed news. I struggled a lot with image transfer and can’t wait to give This a try. But unfortunately I have no Stazon. So I love to join the give away. �� Thanks Birgit voor your research and lovely art!

  11. Diese Technik werde ich definitiv ausprobieren, sobald ich meine Gelli Plates, die ich im Moment verliehen habe, zurückhabe. Tolle Idee!

  12. I am really eager to try this out. Stazon has some great colors of inks. Do you know if this would work with inkjet or laser jet prints? I want to use my own images! Always enjoy your videos and ideas, Brigit!

  13. I love the technique of using Stazon! It gives the opportunity to easily use successful multicolors to image resist prints without the constant worry that the print won’t come out. Thank you so much for ALL the inspirational ideas!

  14. Thank you Birgit, I’ve enjoyed watching your tutorials, so much that I was inspired to teach Gelli pattern printing in a little kids workshop. It was a huge success.
    Image transfer is the next level and also a planned workshop. Can I please enter the competition to help cover costs. Thank you Lucy

  15. Thank you Birgit, I’ve enjoyed watching your tutorials, so much that I was inspired to teach Gelli pattern printing in a little kids workshop. It was a huge success.
    Image transfer is the next level and also a planned workshop. Can I please enter the competition to help cover costs. Thank you Lucy

  16. You must have spent hours figuring this out! Thanks for sharing the results of your hard work. I'm looking forward to giving it a go … from a previously "sad" reader now anticipating happiness.

  17. Can you use different colored Stazon ink or just black? I can hardly wait to try this! Thanks for a great tutorial

  18. Wow, this could open a whole new world to so many artists….would love to be one of those trying it out.. Great share!

  19. thank you for this video. i have all the ingredients except the stazon, but that will be remedied soon 🙂 and then….. happy printing.

  20. Can’t wait to try this technique as I have been somewhat successful with image transfers! Thanks for all your hard work Birgid!

  21. I guess I’m one of those people that had an awful time trying to get transfers to work. I tried just about every paper, paint, technique that I could. I watched many videos, and followed a bunch of people doing transfers with no problem. I hate to say I gave up, it was way to frustrating.
    After reading this blog I’ve got new found hope. I will be trying this new technique as soon as possible.
    Thanks so much, I’m excited to try!

    1. So glad to hear you have renewed hope for the process!! Keep having fun with it and good luck! Also- be sure to read this for answer FAQ -

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