It’s Martice here sharing how to create simple coloring book pages using black gesso, stencils and of course, a gel plate. Black gesso is smooth, just like white gesso. Most of the time I use white gesso to prime my canvases or any painting surface. Black gesso is a great primer that allows gel pens and acrylic paint markers to glide on top of it with ease. I love how it keeps all colors vibrant and rich. Let’s get started!
STEP 1: Roll out a thin layer of black gesso on a 4” round gel plate
If your layer of gesso is too thin, you’ll notice the gesso will start to separate. No worries, just add another layer.
STEP 2: Place the gel plate directly on top of a stencil and press firmly.
You’ll know you have a good image if you can see it peeking through the back side of the plate.
*Tip: I like to keep at least one of the plastic protective sheets that comes with the gel plate. It helps me handle the plate better when I want to use it as a stamp.
STEP 3: Carefully lift both the gel plate and stencil.
STEP 4: Repeat steps 1 – 3 to cover your surface.
STEP 5: Add color!
Use gel pens, markers, paint markers, watercolors, etc. to add wonderful color to your new coloring pages. There’s no wrong way to approach this – just have fun! If you try this tutorial, please be sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook using #gelliarts and @GelliArts – we love seeing your creations!
- Black Gesso
- Assortment of paint pens, markers, crayons, watercolor