Pan Pastels + acrylic medium and the Gelli Plate


I mentioned using a bit of a sample of a Pan Pastel technique on the SDC post last week where I pulled a print on the shiny side of an old CD, but the thin strips were so small you had no chance of actually seeing what it was like! This is the ATC background I alluded to:


How I got to this is:

I smudged Pan Pastels all over the paper.  It can be a solid covering or a patchy one, single colour or lots.


I brayered on the Acrylic medium through a stencil. You can either then remove the stencil to get the pattern only, or you can brayer on the medium, lay on the stencil, pull that print, then remove the stencil and pull THAT one. You know the drill. Pull the print over the Pan Pastels.



Now, once it dries, the pastels are trapped under the medium. You can erase the rest of the background, you can add more pastels over it …



Here you can see the different techniques in the four quadrants. Bottom right you can see it with the background erased.  I’m curious to play more and see what happens if you maybe then pull a regular paint-y print over that.  Might be cool, might be rubbish, not sure yet.


or even daub on the Distress Stain,like in the Gelli Arts video,  or mist  mica-mists. What is kinda cool is that the pastels trapped under the gel still retain a slightly matt quality (or at least with the matt medium they do!)



I really like the ATC background.  I’ll have to consider a bit more what I want to do to finish that off…



9 thoughts on “Pan Pastels + acrylic medium and the Gelli Plate

  1. Hello, you are brilliant, how you clean your gelli plate after, baby wipes ?? Works god before ? Thanks so much for your answer.

    • Yes, baby wipes are ok but hand sanitizer is better and then I oil it with baby oil. Not every time, but at the end of a session.

  2. did you ever used the panpastels directly onto the plate?

    • I could never visualize how it could work. The pastels are so dry! I did experiment with brayering on matte medium first then dusting on pastels or sprinkling on pan pastel scrapings but honestly, just cause you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD. I don’t think the payoff was worth using an expensive resource in that way. The technique in this post give you a lot of bang for your buck and looks pretty. I didn’t get anywhere near the effect with pastels direct to the plate! It might seem like they could work if Brushos do but PPs are not mean to spread like them. But hey, if you’ve done it and can prove me wrong, let me know! It could be interesting and my PPs are languishing in a drawer at the moment sooooo……..


      • thank you for your answer. pp on the plate works lovely but then the pp doesn’t come off . I had to use baby oil and rub the plate to clean it. Fortunately that worked. Your technique as shown is beatiful; I will try it out this afternoon.

  3. Super tuto merci

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  5. On my recent travels I visited a store in New England that had the Gelli plates (which I’ve not found in my South Carolina area). Thanks to your blog, I knew what the item was! First I picked up the smaller one, then went back and got the larger one (dunno why…just in case I never find these again I suppose!). The store owner was ‘new’ to Gelli plates as well, but very kindly sat down and did some experimenting as a demo. I shall be using your blog as a good reference to learn how to use this new toy. Thanks for the inspiration AND the education!!! Hugs

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