How to Use Gel Press in Bible Journaling

Today I am using my Gel Press® plates to create 2 very different Bible Journaling Pages.

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How to Use Gel Press in Bible Journaling
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Start by adding a layer of wax paper behind the page your are intending to print on and then use a clear gesso to prep your page. I am using my 8x10 Gel Press® Gel Plate for this.

Start by adding a layer of wax paper behind the page your are intending to print on and then use a clear gesso to prep your page. I am using my 8x10 Gel Press® Gel Plate for this.

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For my bright background I used a bright pink and orange, both from DecoArt, for my background. Add a few drops, lightly brayer them across the surface and then add your texture. I used bubble wrap!

For my bright background I used a bright pink and orange, both from DecoArt, for my background. Add a few drops, lightly brayer them across the surface and then add your texture. I used bubble wrap!

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This part can be a little tricky...lift your  plate and flip it over onto your prepped page. I recommend this way as oppose to flipping the bible over because it's easy to get the edges even.

This part can be a little tricky...lift your plate and flip it over onto your prepped page. I recommend this way as oppose to flipping the bible over because it's easy to get the edges even.

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When you gently peel back your Gel Press® Plate, you will see your beautiful texture and marbled colors.

When you gently peel back your Gel Press® Plate, you will see your beautiful texture and marbled colors.

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To create a completely different design for my butterfly, I started by leaving my plate "dirty" and adding a layer of green before pressing in my Gel Press® Impressables Overlapping Circles Plate.

To create a completely different design for my butterfly, I started by leaving my plate "dirty" and adding a layer of green before pressing in my Gel Press® Impressables Overlapping Circles Plate.

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You can see it lifts a fun and funky pattern in my paint! I then added a layer navy blue, brayered it and then "stamped" my overlapping circles plate again into the wet paint...

You can see it lifts a fun and funky pattern in my paint! I then added a layer navy blue, brayered it and then "stamped" my overlapping circles plate again into the wet paint...

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I apologize for not having a picture of this step! When I "stamped" my Overlapping Circles plate into my navy paint, I stamped it onto my background. You can see it in the finished project!

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Laying a piece of plain copy paper over my Gel Press® plate, I gently rubbed the back of the paper and then peeled it up to reveal this beauty!!

Laying a piece of plain copy paper over my Gel Press® plate, I gently rubbed the back of the paper and then peeled it up to reveal this beauty!!

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I decided to use this as the background for my butterfly.

I decided to use this as the background for my butterfly.

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Using a modeling Paste like this one, I gently scrapped it through my stencil onto my print.

Using a modeling Paste like this one, I gently scrapped it through my stencil onto my print.

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The white modeling paste is a great contrast to my darker background. I then cut in out, leaving some of my Gel Press® Pattern around the edges. Using a matte gel medium, I adhered it to my page.

The white modeling paste is a great contrast to my darker background. I then cut in out, leaving some of my Gel Press® Pattern around the edges. Using a matte gel medium, I adhered it to my page.

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I finished my page my adding some hear doodles, "grass" with green acrylic paint and my words with a white paint pen.

I finished my page my adding some hear doodles, "grass" with green acrylic paint and my words with a white paint pen.

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For the second print on the opposite page, I wanted to show that not all Bible Journaling pages need to be multi-stepped and take a long time. For this one, I simply used yellow acrylic paint....

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On my Gel Press® Petite Circle plate and created "rays" using the end of a paint brush. I used this circle to isolate the Ecclesiastes reference I was using, emphasizing it with....

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A darker orange marker, adding more "rays" and using a black pen to add a simple text.

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