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eTEAM Picks Challenge–Gel Medium

2013 May 19


Yay, I finished my eTEAM Picks project for the current challenge which is all about GEL MEDIUM with Julie as your hostess.

OMG, I had so much fun creating this even though it took me several days, working on it a little here, a little there.  Considering we had the garage sale AND I actually helped do some much needed yard work (which kills me…… no, really….. back and hands ache from too much bending and weeding).  Anyway,  I got up this morning and finished it and I absolutely LOVE it.

I love gel medium and it really has lots of uses.  I started by using gel medium to glue an assortment of washi and tissue tape to my pages. 


Then I applied another thin layer of gel medium as a top coat over both covered pages.

Next I used the gel medium as  molding paste with a stencil, no, not because I didn’t have the actual stuff, but because while still wet, I sprayed it with my Dylusions Spray Ink. 




Dylusions Spray Inks are dye based inks and are NOT permanent.  Meaning that even when dry, any wet media will reactive the inks.  Which is fine but I learned from one of Christy Tomlinson’s online classes that spraying non-permanent sprays onto mostly wet gel medium will make it permanent once dry. 

I let that dry over night.  Next I added Distress Stains direct to the pages:


Now it was time to blend with a wet brush:


It’s hard to see but I cropped the above pictures for a closer look at the before and after:


Without the gel medium, my wet brush would have blended the spray spots (or “splots” as I like to call them).  You can see in the picture above that the “splots” are still there.  I wanted the doily to be more visible, so I rubbed white gelato over the dried gel stencil and smudged it with my finger.DoilyDylusionSprays

Now it was time to use my gel medium as a glue and sealer again.  I sketched a face onto regular copy paper, using a black Stabilo Marking Pencil.  I activated the pencil with a wet brush and then got a wild hair to add some Peeled Paint Distress Stain.   (At this point, I thought I ruined it)


Next I cut the face out and glued it to the now dry page using…… yup, gel medium.


I also added gel medium on top of the paper to seal the paper.  Once dry, now the top gel medium layer has become my palette paper.  Meaning, any wet media I apply on top, can be removed with a baby wipe or wet towel – as long as the media (paint/ink/gelatos/markers) is NOT dry.  Another tip/trick I picked up from Christy Tomlinson.  So now, I just started adding more color, focusing on my highlights and shadows.    Below, I scribbled the ink on, then using my finger blended/smudged it.  If the ink was dry, I just dipped my finger into some water.


I also used gelatos to add some depth.  These I did not activate with water, instead just blending with my finger.  I’m really trying to be able to do those loose scribbles like Dina does.  Definitely need to practice more.


I also used REAL Embossing Paste with a Studio 490 stencil.  You know what….. Wendy’s Embossing Paste dries quick! 


See those delicious splatters?  I mixed black gesso with water (like a lot of water) in a plastic squeeze bottle.  Put the journal on the floor, stood up and squeezed a drop out of the bottle.  Red heart


Even though the tissue paper and washi tape added awesome texture, I added a little more using Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 stamps.  



Rubbing some Faber-Castell gelato around the edges gave it a nice dark distressed look.



Then I remembered the handmade “funfoam” stamps created at Dina Wakley’s workshop.  Yes, fun foam:


Ok, the end result:


I think I am getting better with the shadows and drawing noses.  I love her nose!




Lots of yummy texture and distressing. 


As for the face.  I seem to have an easier time doing abstract type of colors (is that what it’s called?).  I think Dina Wakley would approve.

A quick review of  the way I used Gel Medium:

  • as a glue
  • as a sealer
  • as molding paste/ink setter ??? don’t know what to call it Smile
  • as a paint palette

Now, how do YOU use Gel Medium?  We wanna know!!!!  And you could be the lucky winner of an eP gift certificate.   Head over to the eP blog  to get all the details, check out Julie’s video and project, get lots of inspiration AND to see lots of other uses for gel medium.  

Phew, I was a bit long winded, huh?  Thanks for sticking with me!  Until next time…..

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10 Responses
  1. May 19, 2013

    WOW-WOWEE Micki, this is awesome! I love the colors and your girl is amazing! Thanks for taking us through all of the steps – I learned a lot!

  2. May 20, 2013

    Micki, this is stunning!  Your face is spot on…seriously, it's perfect!  (I like the nose too!)  The colors are amazing and I love all of your tips and tricks for achieving your results.  It's beautiful!

  3. May 20, 2013

    Totally awesome Micki!  Love the colors and your abstract girl is so perfect!  I can almost feel the textures you've created.  Now I wanna play!!!!!!!  :)

  4. May 20, 2013

    Shazzammm!!! This is awesome!!!

    I am in love with the non traditional colors you selected for the face…very impressive :-)

    All the layers and new techniques…sweet!!!!!!

  5. May 20, 2013

    Micki, this is totally awesome and incredible!  Your girl drawing is so fabulous and I love how you colored her.  Everything about this just rocks!

  6. May 20, 2013

    Amazingly cool… so many tips and techniques (fantastic about the gel "setting" the Dylusions inks!) – thanks so much for sharing the process, and the end result is just glorious!

    Alison xx

  7. May 23, 2013

    Micki!  This is such a cool spread…. I love all the different ways you used your gel medium.  The results are fantastic!

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  9. June 4, 2013

    Micki I absolutely LOVE this!!! Your girl is beautiful – her face, her feature – just gorgeous!  The colors are perfect and I love how you used the gel in so many ways- very informative!!! Thanks so much for showing us, it came out AWESOME! :)

  10. June 4, 2013

    Woohoohoo Micki..swoon… speechless….Love evry step along the way and the end result..jaw droppingly stunning lady!!!




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