Alcohol ink gel print

I tried a technique this week that I’ve seen demonstrated by gel printing wizards but never tried myself. In some ways it’s not that different from making abstract alcohol ink patterns on yupo or craft plastic but I found that I ended up with more of a distressed look which is rather nice.

I started with a not entirely clean gel plate and three or four alcohol inks, I’m not sure exactly which ones I used as I was very much in experimenting mode. Obviously there was a green and some blues in there and in real life you can see I also had a silver. I dropped dots of the different colours on the gel plate added rubbing alcohol and blew it all around with the air blower. It dried quite quickly so it took several additions of inks and rubbing alcohol before I was happy with the coverage. Once the AI had dried completely I brayered white acrylic paint over the painted area and took a print on some white cardstock. You can see the usual overlapping patterns of alcohol ink blobs but also some white patches and ‘grazes’ from the acrylic paint.

I trimmed the panel and added a three layer PB die cut sentiment along with an additional sentiment strip. I will definitely be trying this technique again.


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5 Comments on “Alcohol ink gel print”

  1. PaperMorePaper says:

    Love the colors, love the AI technique on a gelli plate, and love the directions (thank you)!
    My afternoon is now replanned.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Amazing, Heather! I hadn’t thought to use alcohol inks on a gel plate! Awesome results!

  3. Pat says:

    Beautiful and bright AI colours Heather and the white patches add lots of interest using your gelli plate, and finished perfectly with the large die cut and added stamped sentiment. x

  4. Loll says:

    Very cool background. I have not seen AI’s used on geli plate before. I imagine it’s a bit of a clean-up afterwards, but the design you achieved is really gorgeous. I love that some of the white acrylic paints shows through in places. xx

  5. Lindsey M-P says:

    I have seen no other wizards do this – just you! Beautiful results.

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