Faithful Sunday – Subway Art by Keri Sallee - Gel Press

Faithful Sunday – Subway Art by Keri Sallee

Good Morning All!

Keri Sallee here and it’s time for another Faithful Sunday!

Today, I wanted to share with you a technique for getting a “subway art” style image in your journaling Bible. We’ll be using the same technique with two different mediums: archival ink and acrylic paint!



For these projects you will need:

  • Faith Impressions by Keri Sallee for Gel Press- Border Plate
  • Stencil with Words
  • Archival Ink in various colors
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Sponge
  • Black Journaling Pen

Project #1 – Archival Ink

NOTE: When using words on your Gel Press plate, the BIG thing to remember is to make sure your words will be readable when they are transferred. The way to do this is to make sure you place your word(s) BACKWARDS on your plate so that it will be the correct image when transferred.

Gather your supplies.


Set your stencil on to your plate, making sure the word you are wanting to use is positioned where you want it.


Faith Impressions plates have the same formula as all Gel Press plates, so you will notice that your stencil will “stick” to the surface, making for a nice, clean image

Using your sponge, dab into your ink pad and use it to apply your ink through your stencil. Once you have applied a sufficient amount of ink, remove your stencil.


Archival Ink dries relatively fast. If you choose to add multiple layers to get your “subway” style, make sure each on is dry before adding the next so that the images aren’t accidentally smudged by the stencil.


The blues and pinks are hard to see, but they will show up BEAUTIFULLY once we pull the color with acrylic paint.

Allow your ink to dry before adding a thin layer of acrylic paint.


For more texture, use a texture plate, like this one from Carabelle Studios, while the paint is still wet.


Transfer your print to your Bible margin or other project.


TIP: If you ever question whether or not you have added your words correctly, look at your plate from the back. If you can read the words, you will have the words facing the correct way.

Once you pull your plate up, you’ll see all the colors of archival ink showing.

To finish up I added more color and a little bit of pen work.

more color

pen work

Technique…Take 2!!

This technique is SUPER versatile! I am going to show you how to use it with acrylic paint next, but try it with other materials like pan pastels and gouache.

The steps are exactly the same…

believe stencil

step 2

step 3

finished project # 2

close up

Closing Thoughts

Sometimes being creative is about deep thought.

Sometimes it’s just about making pretty things.

I don’t have any deep, meaningful words for you today. But rather…I have a challenge.

Be creative.

If it is the thing within you that drives you and is the spark that lights up your face, don’t let life steal it from you.

Life is hard. Life is busy. Life…the DAILY things of life can keep US from taking time to be US.

Don’t let life tell you that you don’t have time.

Creativity isn’t about the minutes. It isn’t about punching a clock or doing a duty.

It’s about taking time to let out whatever is inside of you and putting pen, paint, pencil…whatever…to paper….no matter how “little” time you have.

Be creative…even if it’s just for a minute.

Until next time,