Gel printing with Dylusions Inks & Shimmer Sprays (ST78)

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Gel printing with Dylusions Inks & Shimmer Sprays

So far I’ve used my gel plate with acrylic paints, distress oxides and alcohol inks so I thought: today, let’s do some gel printing with Dylusions Inks & Shimmer Sprays!

I know what you might be thinking (and that’s what I was thinking too before giving this a go): ”But… inks are liquid, it will go everywhere and make a total mess”….

And you would be completely right if… You put too much but, with just the right amount… Oh my!
I did not expect to create such beautifully vibrant gel prints (and if yours turn out to be a bit ”too much” to your liking”, I’ll show you an easy way to tone them down without covering everything up)…

Are you ready to do some gel printing with Dylusions Inks and Shimmer Sprays with me? Let’s do it!

Watch the videos below and let me know your thoughts (and if you’ve tried it too, any tips?) with a comment at the bottom of this page πŸ™‚

xx mimi bondi

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List of supplies:

I included links to as many products I could to make it easy for you to find what I used in my video.
The orange links are to my store, The Mixed Media Store and whenever possible, I have also included blue links for

I really hope you find the list below helpful cos it took me a very long time to put together πŸ˜‰

Gel printing with Dylusions Inks & Shimmer Sprays ST 79 Mimi Bondi

Watch the video tutorial!





  1. Hi Mimi enjoyed watching πŸ‘€. I have a love hate problem with the sprays. I definitively have a control issue as I like to be able to predict the outcome. The inks reactivate if they are used in say collage mixed media page. It drives me nuts!!!! I have gone to Seth Apter ink sprays. They are exactly what I need and I use the ink with a dip pen as well. Never reactivate after, what I created is final lol. Have you had other feedback?

    • Mimi Bondi

      Yes, that can be really annoying Lorraine, I agree! Have you tried doing a few light coasts of a mat spray varnish? This should not disrupt the inks if you make sure they are light coats (let each one dry in between) and then you should be able to add on top without reactivating. Let me know how that goes πŸ™‚

  2. Time to get my Gel plate back out. I’ve not been doing much with mixed media lately, you know…..having a creative block. This might just spark my creative juices again. Thanks muchly =)

    • Mimi Bondi

      I do know Michelle! Sometimes we just have to force ourselves to make the first little step and then it all flows back. I really hope you got your gel plate out and got reminded of how much fun it is πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks Mimi for the videos. You’ve introduced me to the love of iridescent paints1

    • Mimi Bondi

      So happy to hear Denise! Is it a love or an addiction?? LOL A lovely addiction 😁

  4. Thanks for posting Mimi! I find it so relaxing to watch. Just the colours and beautiful results, very therapeutic πŸ™‚

    • Mimi Bondi

      Thanks Jane!! It makes me happy to know you are watching my videos and finding them relaxing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ You always seem pretty chilled though hehe xx mimi

  5. Hi Mimi,
    Thank you so much for sharing your gelipress ideas. You made some gorgeous backgrounds & gave me lots of ideas to try, many thanks.
    Sam πŸ™‚

    • Mimi Bondi

      Oh I’m so happy to hear this Sam!! Thank you for letting me know and for popping by this corner of the internet πŸ™‚ x mimi

  6. When I use a spray through a stencil on the gel plate, after spraying, I lift the stencil and put is down on paper. I don’t put paper on the stencil while it’s still on the gel plate, because then it picks up the paint in the holes, which is what you want left behind. This is why it wasn’t working for you, especially with the first one you tried, because you were pressing the paper into the holes, and picked up all the paint there.

    I love the colours of the Dylusions sprays, but I don’t like the way they seep through everything you put on top. You got some interesting prints though, and I always love watching gel printing videos! It’s been a while since I did any gel printing, I need to get back to it, but it means clearing space on my desk so I have room!

    • Mimi Bondi

      Hi Julia!
      Thanks for your feedback! You know what, I sometimes feel really retarded with my gel plate because my brain seems to have trouble processing things that are ”up side down” if you know what I mean… Sometimes I really have to think about the end results and then it kills the fun so I just go with the flow and no brain thinking LOL So I end up doing weird things like that hahaha
      Yes the seeping can be a total pain but you can use it to your advantage!! I show you an example in one of my latest videos (the ‘go with the flow’ spread in my Jane Davenport journal) πŸ˜‰ And I have to use the floor when I gel print, forget about the desk! x mimi

    • Haha, I know exactly what you mean, especially if there’s letters and numbers, I often end up with them back to front! I couldn’t use the floor, or all my prints would have paw prints and cat hair all over them! Even using the desk it’s hard to keep them off. One of them (it would be the one with white fur!) stuck her paw in a painting I was doing, and ended up with a sky blue paw! She wasn’t happy with me trying to clean it off!

      Gel printing is so relaxing though, before you know it, the room is covered in sheets of paper or card, drying off, and 2 hours has gone by!

    • Mimi Bondi

      Mhhhh Wet paint and animals definitely don’t mix so well hahaha I agree, gel printing is so fun and relaxing, it doesn’t even need to be complicated πŸ™‚

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