Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Homemade Gel Printing Plate

I wrote about the Gelli plate in my last post but I failed to mention that I had found (and tweaked) a recipe for a homemade gel printing plate. I don’t suggest that this actually replaces the Gelli Arts Printing Plate because it doesn’t...but it will give you an idea of whether or not it is worth it for you to purchase one or not.

gelli printing plate

I made one of these and used it for a couple of weeks before deciding to buy one of the Gelli Arts plates. I’d searched at all the big box craft/art stores but I wasn’t able to find one locally. An 8”x10” runs about $30 plus tax plus shipping (since there were none locally) . 


So, I did what any true crafty-girl would do...I researched how to make my own!

I searched far and wide...well, I searched Google, that’s the same as far and wide, right?...and found tons of results. I read many, many of them but they all said that I had to keep the Gelli plate in the fridge when it wasn’t in use. Uh, no! Too much trouble! I have a tendency to just stand up and wander off from my art desk. so it wouldn’t take but a day or two and I’d have a goopy mess. GAH!!!

But then....


I came across The Frugal Crafter’s Weblog and she shared exactly what I have been looking for...the recipe for a PERMANENT Gelatin Plate (aka Gelli Plate). WOOT!!!

So here’s the recipe for those of us that don’t have an art store nearby to purchase one or, like me, who don’t want to spend mucho dinero from the get-go but want one to experiment with before shelling out the big bucks...

Permanent Gel Plate Recipe

10 packets (each=1 tbsp.) of unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups Alcohol
3/4 cup Glycerin
1 3/4 cups boiling water

Combine room temperature alcohol and room temp glycerin in bowl. Add in gelatin and stir. Add in boiling water, stirring until gelatin is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Pour into a shallow pan with sides over 1” high. If there is any foam that rises to the top, skim it off with a paper will affect your finished Gel Plate. Also, be sure to leave it to set up in a cool, level spot.*

fbac966fd61a4215246221b*I have tweaked her recipe so I could make 0030395103196_500X500a larger gel plate than the 8”x10” her original recipe prepared. My recipe will make a nice thick gel plate a little larger than the standard 8”x10” size.

Your local Wal-Mart probably carries all the needed ingredients. Mine does. Mine even has the unflavored gelatin in a 32 pack box for $8.32. Check in the pharmacy area for the glycerin. This is the kind my Wal-Mart carries. It’s $3.88 for a 6 oz. bottle, which is exactly how much my recipe calls for, too.

A few tips...if your Gel Plate gets damaged (from too much pressure with a tool, etc.), tear the plate into pieces and put into a micro-safe bowl then nuke it in the microwave for about a minute and allow it to re-set up in a cool, level spot. As for clean up, easy peasy with a baby wipe or two and it’s good as new.

I hope you find this little idea something you can use. Let me know if you make one and how it turns out.

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Peace & Love,


  1. not sure if it makes a difference but i would think it would. what percent alcohol did you use?

  2. I used 91% Isopropyl Alcohol...Thanks for asking, Natasha.
    peace & love,

  3. They modified the recipe later to remove the alcohol.

  4. How has it held up? I have been thinking of making me one and now have all the ingredients. I had to order the glycerin from and have it sent to to my store because they did not have it.

  5. I made one today. I used an old donated science tray for dissecting. I also have the blue rubbery dissecting mat that I am going to try out. Art teacher grades6,7,8.


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Peace & Love,

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