Thursday, May 16, 2013

eP Picks: Gel Medium!

 Hi there!  Today is an eP Picks Challenge!!!!  Julie is our lovely hostess today!  She challenged us to use Gel Medium!  Head on over to the eP blog to see how SHE used it!  Amazing!

What IS Gel Medium?  Here's what Faber~Castell says: "Gel Medium is great for adding body and dimension to other mediums.  Use it to extend colors, add semi-gloss sheen, decoupage and for creating dimension as it will hold its form when it dries.  Try this semi-gloss, translucent medium with all your paper crafting and mixed media projects."

Well, Julie used it as an image transfer vehicle.  Some fellow eP teammates used it in a variety of ways!  You HAVE to check their blogs out!  Amazing!!!!  All links are at the bottom of Julie's post!

What did I do with Gel Medium?  Well, today I just used it as a sheen, more like a top coat, if you will.
I was inspired by eP's Guest Designer, Lynne Forsythe's post using an ATC.  So, I decided to make one too!  Of course, mine doesn't lie flat, and it's probably the wrong size for an ATC, but that's ok!  I'm not going to be sending it to anyone!

I received a fabulous box of goodies today, which I used in today's creation!  The full listing is at the bottom!

To create this ATC, I first took a piece of plain blueish paper from the Park Bench stack by Fancy Pants.  I took a floral piece of paper as well, and tore a piece to use on here.  I inked my brand spankin' new Tattered Chicken Wire stamp from Unity in Onyx Black ink.

Then, I took from the 50's Diner Gelato Collection: Aqua Dolce and Banana and just scribbled over the chicken wire to color it in a bit.  I colored Squid Ink all around the edges.  W/ a blender that comes in the pack, I blended the colors together so they weren't standing out, but faded into the background.  I also added Squid Ink to the bit of floral paper, and blended that in.

I adhered the floral paper to the chicken wire paper, and painted it with Gel Medium.  When you brush in up and down strokes, once dry, the gel medium takes on the look of wood!

Embellishments are just paper cut out and adhered!

I really tried to get a close up shot of the sheen, but my camera just wasn't going to work with me!

So, that means you need to try it yourself!  You can pick some up Gel Medium HERE!
Park Bench 6" x 6" pad
50's Diner Gelato Collection
Big White Brush Pen 
Chicken Wire Stamp

Have a great day!  Can't wait to see what YOU do with Gel Medium!!!


  1. Great ATC. Love the colors and yes, gel medium does add nice texture. I'm still trying to figure out what to do, sigh...... but I am thinking a chicken wire stamp and those yummy gelatos along with gel medium :-)

  2. Erin this is so cool!! Looks like you had a lot of fun playing with your new goodies! The colors and textures are awesome! Great job girl!! :)

  3. Darling creation, Erin! And love the idea of using the gel medium as a covering for projects! Sweet!

  4. Love the colours and techniques you've used here Erin, I must try those Gelatos they sound and look so yummy x

  5. So Cute!! Love all the layers :-)

  6. so pretty - love the color palette and the gelato over the stamped image is fabulous!

  7. Beautiful, Erin! I love all the dimension, and the colors are just awesome!

  8. Super cool - love the colours and the fabulous dynamic composition!
    Alison x

  9. Hellooo Erin playing catch up tonight, looove it..beautiful papers and love the chicken wire stencil!!

  10. Ooops not a stencil a stamp..I am going to have to get one of those too!


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