Challenge: Gel Plate Printed Vintage Books

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it:

Use gel plate printed papers to collage in AND let’s also use a gel plate to print directly in an altered book.

This challenge is hosted by Andrew Steinbrecher

PS: If you’re wanting to dig deep and become besties with gel printing, you should check out Drew’s class, Exploring Gel Plates: Print your Creativity!

You may know that I have a love/hate relationship with my gelli plate. Drew, on the other hand, has a love/love relationship. He totally rocks it. This tool is the most asked about one in art journaling, so when he shared his challenge, I knew we had to make a way for those wanting to DIG deeper. If you’re wanting to dig into gel printing (which I know a lot of messy artists are), then he’s your guy. You can click here to find out more.

(This isn’t sponsored, I just love connecting you with things that make your heart boomboom.)

Andrew Steinbrecher

Drew has enjoyed working with his hands and being creative from a young age. He has a university degree in graphic design and has worked professionally for over 20 years. Drew is an avid knitter and photographer. He currently lives in Cincinnati working as a graphic designer and teaching a high school group. He creates art in his free time.

Here’s your host’s take on the challenge:

More about Andrew Steinbrecher

What is art journaling to you?

I use art journaling to relax and have fun. It’s a way to explore… trying this and that and moving on when something doesn’t work. It’s chill. It’s calming. It’s something to look forward to every day.

What does community do for your art?

A community of artists gives you perspective. They’re empathetic. They encourage and inspire you and are there to pick you up when you’re down.

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Action Steps

Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know that more than zero is enough. Click here for tips on making the most out of the challenges. 


Accept, adapt, or decline the challenge. Create.


Share your art in the gallery and your heart in the forums.