Art Journaling With a Gelli Plate

Hi, friends. Before I get into this week’s blog post, I want to announce the winner from last week’s wonderful OttLite Giveaway.  Angie B. is the lucky winner. To put it another way, it’s her lucky day! Angie, please email me your mailing info and OttLite will send the prize directly to you. 

OttLite Prize Winner - Jan 2017


Now, on to it! I’m joining the gals at Mixed Media Monthly for their current challenge. It’s called “Put a Stencil On It.”  With a theme like that, how could I not join in? In the first place, I’m a stencil fiend. In the second, one of my favorite artists, StencilGirl herself is their guest this month, and their design team has created lots of inspirational pieces.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Click the image below to head over to their challenge:

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #32 (Put a Stencil on It)

I decided to make a journal page using my gelli plate and stencils.  This gal looks sassy, so I added “Bring on the New Year” as the sentiment.  I imagine her saying it with bravado.

Art Journal with Gelli Plate (Marjie Kemper)

Gelli Plate + Paint + Stencil

First, I applied paint (Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics) onto the gelli plate with a brayer. Of course, you need to move fast while the paint is wet. I made a number of overlapping prints in my journal. 

Gelli plate + paint + stencil = ready for art journal (Marjie Kemper)

After playing around a bit, I found the print I especially liked was one created from the negative design leftover on the plate (below):

Gelli Plate ready to print (Marjie Kemper)

As much as the prints come more easily when the paint is wet, there is a way out if it dries. You can either apply more paint or spritz with water. On the other hand, you can simply clean the plate with a baby wipe and start over.

Layers in Progress

I added many more layers and a lot more stencils, which meant ultimately those circles were covered up. But I know they’re there!  Here are a few process pics:

Art Journal Gelli Plate in progress (Marjie Kemper)

Above all, have fun!  After all, it’s your journal and that’s what matters.

Art Journal with Gelli Plate (Marjie Kemper)

Online Mixed Media Class

If you’d like to see more of what I do in my art journal with paint and ink, then be sure to check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee.  It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects.  Here’s a 2-minute preview video:

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Congratulations Angie B!! And such beautiful inspiring work!

  2. Beautiful layering with the gelli plate! I am going to have to take mine out to play with this weekend! Thank you for the inspiration! Thank you so much for playing with us this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  3. Gelli printing is such fun! You certainly have achieved lots of layers using your stencils. A fabulous, fun project. Thank you for taking part in this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Clare DT

  4. Awesome journal page! Love the colors you used too.

  5. Debby Podgorski says:

    Colors, layers, and stencils! Love what you have done.

  6. Linda Chidster says:

    *** CONGRATS *** Angie!!!
    B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L Colors!!!

  7. Gigi Black says:

    Great job. I love it!

  8. barb macaskill says:

    Congratulations to Angie and I love these prints! They ROCK!! TFS!

  9. A beautiful page Marjie and a great challenge for you, you always do such beautiful work with stencils! Congratulations to the winner too! Anne x

  10. Congrats to Angie! I loveeeeeeeee these! GORGEOUS colors!!!!!!!