VIDEO: How to Gel Print With Watersoluble Crayons


Using watercolor paints on gel prints can be a little difficult as the paint beads up if you don’t treat it first but have you tried using watersoluble crayons on your gel plate yet? You can get some gorgeous watercolor effects really easily and without pre-treating your gel plate just by using watersoluble crayons and I’m sharing some techniques for you to try out yourself the next time you have your gel plate out and fancy doing some monoprinting.

Have a play with the amounts of water you use to see what different effects you can get. It is quite striking as you can get really strong saturated color when you use an artist crayon like the Neocolor II from Caran d’Ache, which is what I am using here. You can also get some gorgeous subtle pastel watercolor looks too. And as a bonus I have another technique to share to help you get a unique distressed look from using your watersoluble crayons on your gel plate. You can catch a close-up of some of the prints down at the bottom of this post, so just scroll down after watching the video!


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VIDEO: How to Gel Print With Watersoluble Crayons




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Gel Press and other monoprinting plates (I’ve used the 5×7 Gel Press today)
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Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons
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Creative Stencils (I used Flourish)

Fabriano Accademia Paper is great for printing as it is cheaper but if you can’t find it then try other student art or drawing paper. You can also use the Strathmore Printmaking paper but it is more expensive. (I used the 200gsm version today)
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Amsterdam Standard Acrylic Paint (Pearl Color Sample)
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Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Ashley

    Is this the 30 pack of crayons??

    1. kim

      Hiya, Yes I’ve got the 30 pack.

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