Gel Printing on Wood with Gelli® Artist Tania Ahmed

Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing how to gel print on wooden surfaces and I will be demonstrating this on MDF coasters which make a perfect small project to experiment with and also make great gifts! I think I might make a few of these as stocking stuffers to give to family and friends.

Watch my tutorial here:

Here are a few things I learned along the way:

-Gel printing works best on a smooth surface, to make sure, you might like to sand your wooden surface lightly.

-Sometimes your wood might be porous and starting with a layer of white acrylic paint or primer will help. Using white will help your colours pop!

-I am using Paper Glaze by Picket Fence Studios, which have a beautiful metallic sheen to them. They also hold texture really well! You can also use any acrylic paint that you have in your stash.

-Make sure to let each layer dry before moving on to the next one. I usually use thin layers of paint which means they dry faster.

-You can also do image transfers on to your wooden object or surface which would make your coasters even more unique pieces of art.

-To finish, you can add gold marker around the edges of the coaster to neaten them. You can choose not to do this or use another color too!

If you plan on using these coasters, you can protect them with varnish, sealing spray or even resin to give a high gloss finish.

I hope that you enjoyed my video tutorial and give this project a go!


  • 5″ x 5″ Gelli® Student Printing Plate
  • Gelli Arts Mini tools 
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Brayer 
  • MDF or wooden coasters
  • Alphabet diecuts or stickers
  • Repositionable Adhesive
  • Textured/Embossed Paper/ Wallpaper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Archival Ink
  • Metallic Gold Marker
  • Paper Glaze by Picket Fence Studios
  • Flower Die Cuts
  • Acrylic block for stamping

Optional: Resin or varnish


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