An Oval, A Rectangle and a Hexagon Walked Into a Bar… - Gel Press

An Oval, A Rectangle and a Hexagon Walked Into a Bar…

No they didn’t! But did I get your attention?? Kathy Adams here to share some ways to use the Gel Press Petite B Set which includes a three inch version of each above mentioned shape.

To get inspired, I made a pattern page using each shape and various rubber stamps on tracing paper.

As Pablo Picasso says, “Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.”

Here is what I learned by doing the above exercises:

  • Petite Gel Plates don’t need much paint.
  • Fabric makes interesting patterns on monoprints.
  • Tracing paper is perfect for collaging.
  • Hexagons make a really cool background.
  • Use the rectangle plate to make a background for a stamped sentiment or quote.
  • The oval plate makes a fun half-moon border.
  • Use the rectangle plate to make an interesting brick background.

I created an art journal page using some of these ideas.


  • Gel Press Petite Set B
  • Tracing or Deli Paper
  • Fluid Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Blocks
  • Brayer
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Art Journal

Mount the three plates onto acrylic blocks. Gather some mark-making tools, like burlap, denim, lace. rubber stamps, etc.

Brayer turquoise and white paint onto the plate. Press the denim fabric into the plate and remove.

Stamp the hexagon plate onto the journal page. Repeat without cleaning the plate and adding different shades of blue with white. Alternate mark-making tools.

Continue until the background is covered with hexagon shapes.

Add more texture to the background using a script background stamp and dark blue archival ink. Stamp randomly over the entire background. This helps to unify the background.

Add green fluid acrylic paint to the oval plate and make lines using a catalyst tool. Print half the oval along the bottom of the journal page.

Add green splatters to the background using diluted green paint and a fan brush.

To make the house, add brown and red paint to the rectangular Gel Plate and use a brick stamp to make the pattern on the plate. I used the triangle Gel Press Plate from the Petite A set to make the roof.

Attach the house and roof to the background and embellish with black and white pens.

Use the rectangle plate to create a background for the stamped sentiment. I made several so that I could pick the one I liked the best.

Use matte medium to adhere to the background.

Add details to the house and more stamping to finish the page.

I hope that I inspired you to use the Petite Gel Press Plates in fun new ways!  Thank you so much for visiting today!