Make Stunning Portraits with a GelliArts Gel Plate

March 30, 2020

Make Stunning Portraits with a GelliArts Gel Plate

Hi everyone,

It’s Mansi with another process video on how to use your Gelli Arts plate to create stunning portraits without doing an image transfer (which can be hit or miss)!

For this technique, I worked with Spellbinder Jane Davenport’s beautiful line of pastels that glide ever so smoothly on both the gel plate and cardstock. I hope you enjoy the detailed process and give it a try!

I placed my Gelli Arts gel plate on top of the magazine page and traced the face with an acrylic marker. Next, I added in colors following the contours of the magazine image. Once I had a base layer of colors, I peeled off my gel plate and continued “painting” on it. When I felt I had enough color, I used a brayer to spread out a thin layer of white acrylic paint and pulled a print.

My first print unfortunately didn’t have much of an outline but the pastels showed through beautifully. I realized that my acrylic paint layer had been too thin, so it pulled only the pastels lying on top of the gel plate but not the marker ink. Not to be disheartened, I continued pulling ghost prints.

 Making Portraits with GelliArts gel plate

From one tracing, I had three beautiful portraits (instead of just the one you would get were you to try typical image transfers). 

I went on to add some more layers of pastels on each of these monoprints, rendering unique looks to each of them. For someone who doesn’t do portraits, I found this technique to be an amazing aid in learning more about face shapes, contouring, layering and more! So much so, that I am now creating a journal of portraits!

 Jane Davenport pastels

I hope you enjoyed watching me create these portraits with different personalities and will try this technique out with your gel plate!



Until next time,



List of products used:

Gelli Arts 3x5 gel plate

Spellbinders Jane Davenport Suit pastel set

Spellbinders Jane Davenport Chilled pastel set

Spellbinders Jane Davenport Mineral Eyes pastel set

Spellbinders Baton Blenders


Heavy Weight 3x5 index cards

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