Alcohol Inks on Gel Plate??? + GIFT!

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Ever wondered if you could use alcohol inks on your gel plate? Well yes, you can!

Let me show you how easy it is to create super interesting backgrounds in a few super easy steps 🙂

And I have a gift for you to download so make sure to watch the video to find out how to get it!


Start the video and follow me along!

As you can see, my gel plate has residue from previous gel printing sessions but it doesn’t matter because it will add some texture to the final prints so… I’m not cleaning it up!

1. Drop and Move

The easiest and most simple way to use alcohol inks on a gel plate, is what I like to call the ‘Drop and Move’ technique! It sounds like it could be a dance move, don’t you think??

It’s the same process as working on yupo where you just drop the ink down and then make it move to create patterns.

It’s best to start with a limited palette of colours so I am choosing just 3 for now: pink, turquoise and lime because they all go well together (apart from pink and lime which will can create a muddy colour but that doesn’t usually bother me much with alcohol inks!).

  • Start adding drops of the 3 colours all around your gel plate but don’t try to cover it completely because we are going to make the ink move a bit later.
  • You can add a little bit of blending solution at this stage or later.
  • You can add a 4th colour in some of the gaps and I’m choosing yellow because it goes well with my 3 colours.
  • Now use your ink blower to move the colours around then add a little blending solution. Keep blowing and adding the solution until your inks have spread out a bit
  • Now you can add more colour if you wish! To avoid going too crazy I am just reusing the same turquoise and continue to spread the ink around.

By the way, adding a white sheet of paper under your gel plate will help see what you are doing (I didn’t do at first because it can make your plate slide around a little but I wanted you to see exactly what I’m doing!).

Alcohol Inks on Gel Plate Mixed media tutorial Mimi Bondi 2

If you create a patch of colour you don’t like or maybe too much of the same colour in one area, dab it with some paper towel to remove it, or tone it down. And then you can keep playing!
Once you are happy with what you have, you must let everything air dry completely! Don’t use a heat tool, just be patient. I know it’s hard but sadly, it’s necessary 😉
Once everything is completely dry to the touch, use a brayer to apply a thin layer of white paint all over. The wet paint will help you pull the ink off your plate.

 2. Hold on!

I find that It’s much harder to pull the paper off when you use alcohol inks than regular acrylic paint so I am using 200gsm cardstock to make sure the paper won’t rip. I wouldn’t try it with copy paper!
  • Place your paper on top of the wet white paint and burnish the whole surface with your hand or with your brayer.
If you want to apply perfect even pressure or maybe you have arthritis in your hands then you may want to use a baren (if you don’t know what a baren is, it’s an awesome tool for gel printing and card making – I added it to the list of supplies below).
  • Now gently pull your paper off and take your time with this – and don’t worry if there is some residue left behind, it’s normal!

And now… Check those colours and fun patterns, and the slight sheen created by the inks!

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3. If you think that’s cool, then LET’S DO IT AGAIN!

This time I’m starting with 2 shades of purple, and some pink (remember, all the supplies used in this video are in the description box). I’ll also add some gold mixative and some turquoise.

A mixative is a lot more dense than regular alcohol inks so make sure to add blending solution directly on it after dropping it on your gel plate to help the particles break up and spread out. The more you can make the mixative move, the prettier it will look. If you don’t break it up you will end up with big patches that didn’t blend with your other colours so it won’t look very organic.


Your turn!

If like me you have lots of residue left on your gel plate then make sure to pull another print because the results are just as interesting!

I hope this quick introduction has inspired you to give it a go! If you are worried about alcohol inks staining your gel plate then don’t be because that won’t happen! Now you have no excuse not to try it 🙂
And if you’re not sure what to do with these crazy colourful backgrounds you just created, I’ll give you some ideas in my next video.
With Love and Sunshine,
Mimi Bondi.
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Oh and I have a little gift for you:


You can download this gorgeous artwork for free!

It’s a high resolution PDF file you can print and use in your own artwork! It’s the one I created in this video, but reworked to make it even prettier!

You could use it as a background for cards or a journal page, or tear it up for collage, or just frame it!

To get it for free:

  • Watch the video
  • Add the file to your cart here
  • Enter the code on the screen at checkout
  • Enjoy 🙂

List of supplies

Want to learn mixed media effortlessly?

My book 'No Shenanigans! Mixed Media Painting' is full of step-by-step tutorials from start to finish!

Mixed media book and e-course by Mimi Bondi

A book to tear up and use in your own art!

My book 'Secret Stash' is a collection of mixed media backgrounds for you to make more art with!


  1. Hi Mimi, love your videos, loved the use of alcohol ink on the gelli plate, i will definitely give that technique a go to produce beautiful backgrounds as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mimi Bondi

      Hey Sue, such a lovely message for me to read today, so glad you got inspired to give it a try! Let me know how it goes for you 🙂 xx mimi

  2. Hi Mimi, thanks for the pdf download. I watched the video just to find out what a gelli plate is and how it works but it seems the plate goes with a whole lot of supplies which I don’t already have such as alcohol inks and blending solution. Pls kindly advise if I could use acrylic / watercolour and is this the only way to make my own journal backgrounds? Tks,

    • Mimi Bondi

      Hi Rosa, Glad you enjoyed the video and the gift 🙂 You can use a gel plate with acrylic paint (it’s it’s main purpose actually!). And there are TONS of ways to make your own art journal backgrounds. I use so many techniques I created an e-course just for backgrounds right here: The e-course also includes 5 full length (step by step) video tutorials (much more details than my free youtube videos) so I think it would be perfect for you Rosa! Let me know if you have any questions about it 🙂

  3. Great technique and fun too!

    • Mimi Bondi

      Hi Alice!! Thank you, and super easy too! There are many other techniques and I’ll demonstrate them in upcoming videos 😉

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