Gel Printing on Dark Backgrounds with Gelli® Artist Tania

Hi Friends, 

Today I am sharing one of my favourite ways to use up gel prints: making a very easy mini art journal! 

The binding on this journal is a pamphlet stitch which is an easy one to learn. Just note that the knot will sit on the side where you begin you first stitch. You can cover this afterwards with more paper or even tape, but I personally like seeing the threads. 

For my prints, I love the contrast of metallic paints on black paper but you can use any opaque acrylic paints that you have in your stash! I don’t cover the papers completely, so that the black paper shows through the paint. 

You can also use interference paints which would work beautifully on darker backgrounds. It is worth experimenting with how much paint to use, which depends on the brand you have. 

After you have finished the binding, you can use a craft knife and a ruler to even out the edges if there are a lot of pages. 

I hope that you enjoy my video and that you give printing on dark backgrounds a go!

Take care and have a great day! 



  • Gelli Arts 8×10 gel plate 
  • Gelli Arts Mini tools 
  • Attempt for making texture: DIY Texture plates, bubblewrap, recycled packaging, silicone mat, 
  • Arteza Metallic Acrylic paint 
  • Brayer 
  • Black paper 
  • Clips 
  • Awl or pokey tool 
  • Bookbinding thread and needle 
  • Craft knife and ruler


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4 thoughts on “Gel Printing on Dark Backgrounds with Gelli® Artist Tania”

  1. Awesome mini journal Tania. I love the metallic on the dark paper.
    Great video tutorial, with lots of awesome texture samples.
    Thank you so much for sharing, also how to make the journal itself,
    stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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