Create Double-Exposure Image Transfer Gel Prints With Gelli Arts® by Marsha Valk

Hi there! It’s Marsha here today, sharing how to create image transfer gel prints with a double-exposure effect!

Some results can be super spooky, so this is a fabulous technique to try this month!

Check out my video:

In the video, you can see that I use magazine images, book pages and laser prints interchangeably.

The basic steps for resist image transfer gel printing are the same for all these images. However, you will notice that you must apply a softer hand and act more swiftly when printing with laser prints.

I suggest practicing loads with magazine pages before moving on to image transfer printing with laser-printed images.

If you’d like to see more information on gel printing with your own laser-printed photos or images, then you can have a look at this blog post: Laser Image Transfer Prints with Gelli Arts® (

The most important thing to remember is that there’s always a chance of mishaps regarding image transfer gel printing. No matter how seasoned you are with this technique!

So try to have fun and experiment. And don’t forget to share your prints with us using #gelliarts. We’d love to see what you make!



8″x10″ Gelli Arts® Printing Plate


High-contrast magazine images and/or book pages (test first to learn which ones work for you!)

High-contrast laser print images

Acrylic paint

4″ soft rubber brayer


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8 thoughts on “Create Double-Exposure Image Transfer Gel Prints With Gelli Arts® by Marsha Valk”

    1. The best paper depends on personal preference and what you intend to do with the prints afterwards. I like smooth paper, so I use smooth drawing paper like bristol and computer paper in various weights. I do not like to print on super heavy paper because I’d like to feel what’s going on under the paper. However, you might love to print with heavy paper. So try a couple of different ones and see what you like!

    1. I’ve had good results with Epson inkjet prints. I print on parchment paper (tape a piece to a sheet of printer paper and cut to same size. The printer paper will carry the parchment through without jamming.) Apply the image to the plate as soon as you print it and burnish we’ll with your hands or a barren. Lift off carefully from one side (I usually start at the bottom and peel away from me.) If the image hasn’t completely transferred, you can smooth it back onto the plate as long as you have not removed it completely. Rub some more and lift again. Works every time for me.

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