Zen with Gel Press Blog Hop

Zen…it means different to different people but in the art community, you say “Zen” and out brains auto-fill to “Zentagles.”

Today, my fellow Gel Press Designers and I are having some Blog Hop fun, inspired by Zentangles.

Zentangles Inspired Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gel Press Blog Hop featuring Zentangle inspired projects by all of our great creative team. Hop through all of the posts then head back to Gel Press Blog and comment on how you were inspired. One person 18 or over will win a Petite Set!

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My Zentangle Inspiration

Gel Press Zentangles Blog Hop


For this project, you will need:

Gel Press (TM) 8×10 Gel Plate 

White Card Stock

Deco Art Acrylic Paint

Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics


Misc Object for impressions

Black Pens

Dewert Inktense Blocks or watercolors

How to make make your background

  1. I started with this ghost print that I had leftover from another project. It was made using yellow paint on my 8×10 Gel Press Plate and covering it with a  stencil. I removed some of the paint through the stencil and then lifted my image with the stencil in place. Once I removed my stencil, I was able to lift this ghost image.

Gel Press  DecoArt Gel Print

2. Next I added light blue and red to my Gel Press plate and used my Faber-Castell texture plates to add texture lines. I added this layer on top of my first layer.

Gel Press DecoArt

3.  For my last layer, I added solid aqua on top of my plate, layered on a stencil and then layered my paper to capture the image.

DecoArt The Crafter's Workshop Stencil

4. This is the finished background.

DecoArt Gel Press Monoprinting

Adding my Zentangles

I have this apron that my sister-in-law bought me as a house warming present 5 years ago that I have always loved the doodle-style flowers on. {as you can see…it’s well loved!}

Gel Press Zentangles

I decided to use my flowers as inspiration.

  1. I started by drawing my flowers with pencil firstZentangles Inspired Gel Press
  2. Next, I added a layer of gesso to my drawing. Zentangles Inspired Gel Press
  3. Using various black pens, I added my Zentangles designs to my flowers and leaves, using my apron as inspiration. Gel Press Zentangles Inspired Zentangles Inspired Gel Press Blog Hop
  4. To add some color, I used my Dewert Inktense Blocks. You could also use watercolors.
  5. I finished my Zentangle Flowers with a quote from Alice in Wonderland: Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
  6. Here is my finished project again! Gel Press Zentangles Blog Hop

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

I have to admit, Zentangles in not usually in my creative wheelhouse, but I had a lot of fun taking the flowers off my apron and interpreting them onto paper.

Don’t forget to hop along to the other blogs before heading back to the Gel Press (TM) Blog  for your chance win a Gel Press Petite Set!

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Until Next time!






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