Gel Printing with recycled cardboard

I posted a video last week featuring gel prints with stencils. In today’s technique video I use cardboard found at home. One piece was the packaging for eggs and the other a piece of corrugated cardboard.

The huge snowballs falling in the card above were printed using the large circles on the egg carton. I could have done more on the gel plate with extra colour or texture but I kept it simple which works well behind the more intricate sleigh. You can see my process in the video below.

The card below also features a gel print background made with an egg carton but I pulled two prints on the one panel both with green and white paint and egg carton circles.

The card below also features a gel print background made with an egg carton but I pulled two prints on the one panel both with green and white paint and egg carton circles. I stamped leaves from the Darkroom Door stamp set, ‘carved leaves vol 1’ over the bokeh-like circle background. To get the right tones of green in the stamping I used both shady lane and rain forest versafine clair inks one over the top of the other. The sentiment is from the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment strip.

In the video I also made prints with a piece of corrugated cardboard pressing it down on the gel press once for a striped pattern and twice for a grid pattern. I’ve turned a couple of those prints into cards which will be on the blog tomorrow. I hope you try gel printing with some recycling you find at your place. See you soon.

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8 Comments on “Gel Printing with recycled cardboard”

  1. Liane Cavanagh says:

    You are very creative, and I am now looking around wondering if we have any egg crates!
    Love that those dots don’t have to be perfect, and they ‘feel’ like Bokeh but with more gusto.
    Thank you for sharing, it inspires me to try something new.

  2. Pat says:

    Two brilliant cards made from these gelli plate prints, and I would not have thought of using an egg carton to get the circle pattern and the cardboard with most of the smooth surface ripped off has worked beautifully too. Thank you for the inspiration Heather. x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    I think these cards are amazing Heather. I enjoyed watching the video on how you created the prints and I especially liked the stripped back cardboard ones, striped and criss-crossed.I expect we shall see those appear in future creations.

  4. nancystiz says:

    Thank you for the ideas with the gelli plate, one of my favorite things to do. Love the idea of layering that paint and pulling the paint from the bottom layer, something I have not tried. Your cards are so creative using your techniques including an egg carton and corrugated cardboard. Fun video!

  5. Bonnie says:

    These are amazing, Heather! You always inspire me and make me want to use the gel plate!

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