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How to use gel press in bible journaling

Use Gel Press in Bible Journaling

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Start by adding a layer of wax paper behind the page your are intending to print on and then use a clear gesso to prep your page. I am using my 8x10 Gel Press\u00ae Gel Plate for this.

Start by adding a layer of wax paper behind the page your are intending to print on and then use a clear gesso to prep your page. I am using my 8x10 Gel Press® Gel Plate for this.

For my bright background I used a bright pink and orange, both from DecoArt, for my background. Add a few drops, lightly brayer them across the surface and then add your texture. I used bubble wrap!

For my bright background I used a bright pink and orange, both from DecoArt, for my background. Add a few drops, lightly brayer them across the surface and then add your texture. I used bubble wrap!

This part can be a little tricky...lift your  plate and flip it over onto your prepped page. I recommend this way as oppose to flipping the bible over because it's easy to get the edges even.

This part can be a little tricky...lift your plate and flip it over onto your prepped page. I recommend this way as oppose to flipping the bible over because it's easy to get the edges even.

When you gently peel back your Gel Press\u00ae Plate, you will see your beautiful texture and marbled colors.

When you gently peel back your Gel Press® Plate, you will see your beautiful texture and marbled colors.

To create a completely different design for my butterfly, I started by leaving my plate "dirty" and adding a layer of green before pressing in my Gel Press\u00ae Impressables Overlapping Circles Plate.

To create a completely different design for my butterfly, I started by leaving my plate "dirty" and adding a layer of green before pressing in my Gel Press® Impressables Overlapping Circles Plate.

You can see it lifts a fun and funky pattern in my paint! I then added a layer navy blue, brayered it and then "stamped" my overlapping circles plate again into the wet paint...

You can see it lifts a fun and funky pattern in my paint! I then added a layer navy blue, brayered it and then "stamped" my overlapping circles plate again into the wet paint...

I apologize for not having a picture of this step! When I "stamped" my Overlapping Circles plate into my navy paint, I stamped it onto my background. You can see it in the finished project!

Laying a piece of plain copy paper over my Gel Press\u00ae plate, I gently rubbed the back of the paper and then peeled it up to reveal this beauty!!

Laying a piece of plain copy paper over my Gel Press® plate, I gently rubbed the back of the paper and then peeled it up to reveal this beauty!!

I decided to use this as the background for my butterfly.

I decided to use this as the background for my butterfly.

Using a modeling Paste like this one, I gently scrapped it through my stencil onto my print.

Using a modeling Paste like this one, I gently scrapped it through my stencil onto my print.

The white modeling paste is a great contrast to my darker background. I then cut in out, leaving some of my Gel Press\u00ae Pattern around the edges. Using a matte gel medium, I adhered it to my page.

The white modeling paste is a great contrast to my darker background. I then cut in out, leaving some of my Gel Press® Pattern around the edges. Using a matte gel medium, I adhered it to my page.

I finished my page my adding some hear doodles, "grass" with green acrylic paint and my words with a white paint pen.

For the second print on the opposite page, I wanted to show that not all Bible Journaling pages need to be multi-stepped and take a long time. For this one, I simply used yellow acrylic paint....

On my Gel Press® Petite Circle plate and created "rays" using the end of a paint brush. I used this circle to isolate the Ecclesiastes reference I was using, emphasizing it with....

A darker orange marker, adding more "rays" and using a black pen to add a simple text.

  • Gel Press® 8x10 Plate
  • Gel Press® Overlapping Circle Impressable
  • Gel Press® Brayer
  • Deco Art Acrylic Paint
  • Interleaved Journaling Bible
  • The Crafter's Workshop Modeling Paste
  • The Crafter's Workshop Stencils
  • Gel Press® Petite Plates A
  • Bubble Wrap or Other Texture Elements
  • White Paint Pen