Faux Leather Tutorial with Gel Press

Good Morning Creatives!

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Father’s Day in The Creative Life Studios

For my project, I wanted to finally use these fun little white pillow boxes that I found at Hobby Lobby last month.

Pillow Boxes Hobby Lobby

I turned this plain white box into….

Gel Press_Father's Day_Pillow Box

My goal in the project was to turn my white box into a leather  finish.


6×6 Gel Press Gel Plate 

Deco Art Dazzling Metallics & Americana Acrylics

Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics

White Pillow Box


Prima Flowers

Butterbee Scraps Metal Gears

Drywall Tape

Corrugated Cardboard

Misc: Glitter Feather, Wooden Blocks, Domino, Hemp Rope

How to get your leather finish…

Here’s how I made my project.

(1) Start with your 6×6 Gel Press Plate.

Gel Press 6x6 Plate

(2) Start by using a bronze metallic paint like Deco Art’s Dazzling Metallics.

DecoArt dazzling Metallics

Press your white pillow box on to your plate. It’s ok to use your brayer to push the box down and remember to do both sides!

(3) Next add another color of brown to your plate, this time using a reddish-brown. This time, when you press it down on to your Gel Press Plate, use a light touch to allow some of the other brown to show through.

Gel Press

(4) The next 3 colors will be done using the same technique, layering 3 colors.

Start by laying another brown color onto your Gel Press plate with your brayer.

Then, using a crumpled piece of butcher paper or wax paper, dab your paint, revealing your Gel Plate beneath.

Gel Press

Press your box into your plate.

Deco Art Gel Press

Continue these steps with 3 more colors: (1) Brayer on your color (2) remove some paint with a crumpled piece of paper (3) press your box onto your plate. {You’ll note in my pics, I didn’t clean my plate between colors.}

Here are the colors I used and the order I did them in:

Color 1

DecoArt Fluid Acrylics

Gel Press_Deco Art Fluid Acrylics

Gel Press_DecoArt Fluid Acryilcs

Color 2

DecoArt Fluid Acrylics

Color 3

Gel Press_DecoArt Fluid Acrylics

Finished Base

Here is my finished base:

Gel Press_DecoArt Fluid Acrylics_leather tutorial

As you can see, using this technique of pressing the crumpled paper onto the Gel Press allows all the layers of paint to show through and give that leather look I was going for.

Finished Project

Here is another look at my finished project:

Gel Press_Father's Day_Pillow Box_leather tutorial

I layered Prima Flowers, Butterbee Scraps Metal Gears and Watch Parts, and wooden blocks over a glitter feather, painted drywall tape and corrugated cardboard.

Here is a couple of closeups:

Butterbee Scraps_Prima_DecoArt_Gel Press_leather tutorial

I am super happy with the leather texture I ended up with on my project!

Gel Press_DecoARt_leather_tutorial

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are inspired to try this leather technique.

Don’t forget to hop all around the my fellow artists before heading back to the Gel Press Blog  for your chance to win some amazing Gel Press goodies.

Want a bonus chance to win a prize from Gel Press™?  Between now and Father’s Day (June 19, 2016) create your own “Just For Him” project and post it on our Facebook page Gel Press Junkies!  Everyone that plays along will be entered in a drawing as well.  Yes, we would love you to use a Gel Press™ in your entry- but you don’t have to! Just make a fabulous project featuring Fathers Day and post it!  Maybe you will win a Gel Press™!

To Qualify for the drawing:

1) You may enter a maximum of 3 times with individual projects.

2) You must by 18 years old.

3) You must live in the USA.

4) Mentioning other products or other companies in your post disqualifies your project.

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Until Next time!





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