Zen with Gel Press

Hello Creatives!

As the Gel Press™ Creative team and I have been talking about Zentangles this month, I got to thinking about what the root word of Zentangles-ZEN-means. So I looked it up and although it is usually associated with Buddahism, I love the last part of the definition that I found. It says it emphasizes “the value of mediation and intuition.”

I love that is says to value intuition. I think that is what creating art truly is…valuing your own intuition and not being afraid of it.

I decided to make an art journal page to remind me of this.

Supplies

Gel Press™ 8×10 Gel Plate

White Cardstock

Acrylic Paint

Misc Things to add texture (I used a lid, doily, corrugated cardboard, and texture cards)

Black Pens

Die Cuts

How to make your base print

(1) Gather your supplies

Gel Press 8x10 Gel Plate

(2) Start with you base color. Use a texture card to add some designs and pull your first image.

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(3) Add a second layer to your Gel Press™ gel plate using a dark color (like magenta) and a white to add depth. Use various materials like lids, doilies and texture cards to make imprints in your paint. Pull your image (You will use the same paper for all steps…layers are what makes Gel Press™ so awesome!)

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(4) Now it’s time to add some contrast. I chose purple and white. Once the paint is brayered on, use some thing with a large format to add texture to your entire plate. This piece of wavy textured cardboard worked great.

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(5) Add a bright color like this yellow. Layer a stencil over it and using a wet wipe, remove some paint from a few spots. This will allow your base layers to show through.

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This will be your base image. Now….have fun!

Finishing Your Art Journal

Draw and paint an image on your base image. Continue to add layers using stencils and paint until your are happy.

Gel Press Art Journal Tutorial

To finish up, add die cuts that support your thoughts.

Gel Press Art Journal Tutorial

Here are a few closeups:

Gel Press Art Journal Tutorial

Gel Press Art Journal Tutorial

Closing Thoughts 

I hope today challenges your to truth your own heart and follow your intuition…even if you don’t really understand where it’s leading.

Art is a beautiful and sometimes scary journey, but it is always worth the ride.

Need more inspiration to spark your intuition? Check out the Gel Press™ Junkies Facebook Page and the Gel Press™ Pinterest Page.

Until Next time.

Xoxo,

Keri Sallee

Gel Press™ Creative Team

Keri-Sallee

 

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