Gloss Gel Medium and Gel Plates are not a usual combo you would think pair well together right? But oh listen to me my crafty friend- they do indeed! The texture created by using gloss gel on a gel plate is absolutely delicious and I really hope that you give it a try in your art projects!
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For this layout, I sprayed a generous layer mixture of Dylusions Rose Quartz ink spray and Jane Davenport Watermelon Inkredible Ink blended with water onto the surface of my Canson Mixed Media journal. I added a second midtone layer of Dylusions Tangerine Dream ink spray through 6×6 TCW807 Script Dots Stencil.
For the third layer I sprayed Jane Davenport Berrylicious Inkredible Ink through 6×6 TCW460 Ring Doily Stencil and swiped any remaining ink on the stencil across the page. The final ink layer was Jane Davenport Hydrangea Inkredible Ink through 6×6 TCW491 XOXO Stencil.
Using a palette knife, I applied a generous layer of TCW9006 Gel Medium Gloss onto a mini heart gel plate from Gel Press Faith Impressions Kit mounted on an acrylic block. I applied the heart to the top center of the page and gently removed it from the surface. I repeated this process with the hearts being in columns of 3 along the length of the page.
Look at all that delicious texture!!! Even though it’s white at the moment, the gel will dry to a nice clear finish leaving those gorgeous lines in place. Let the gel dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Once the gel has completely dried, I sprayed a generous layer of dark blue After Midnight Dylusions ink spray over the entire surface. I used several sheets of scrap paper (pictured right) to soak up the excess ink from the page. Those texture lines create a unique print onto the scrap sheets that can be used for backgrounds in a later project.
Since I used gloss gel, the gel will resist the ink spray while protecting the background underneath. Using a dry paper towel, I went over the gloss hearts in a circular motion to soak up any excess wet ink.
The Dylusions ink by Ranger is a very saturated ink meaning that it can stain dye the surface to which it is applied. I sprayed droplets of water onto the surface of the gloss hearts and used a wet baby wipe to clean off any ink that may have dried just a little onto the medium while making sure I payed extra attention to the texture grooves of the gloss. I used a second clean baby wipe to remove the final layer of ink onto of the medium.
For the final touches, I traced around the edges of the hearts with both a gold paint marker and a gold gel pen and… plenty of gold acrylic ink splatters across the page. The closeup shots of the textured gel are just delicious!
Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member
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