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Gel Medium Technique for Scrapbooking

By: Lori Bergmann for Ashlyn Design

Try this new scrapbooking technique - it's sure to impress! The Gel Medium Technique for Scrapbooking from Lori Bergmann is perfect for everyone, from beginners to experts.


Gel Medium Technique for Scrapbooking



  • Semi-Gloss Soft Gel Medium (Golden Artist Colors)
  • Acrylic paint (I used 3 shades)
  • Palette Knife (or similar spreading tool)
  • Craft Knife
  • Decorative Scissors, Dies or Punches
  • Non-Stick Craft Sheet (Ranger) or a pane of clean glass
  • Chipboard
  • Painter’s Tape


  1. Cut out a frame from chipboard (I used two layers to make a thicker gel sheet), and attach to the clean non-stick craft sheet or glass with painter’s tape to hold it in place. Mix various paints and soft gel medium to create several shades and drop randomly into the frame opening.

    Gel Medium Techniques for Scrapbooking
  2. Lightly swirly colors together, but be careful not to overmix or they will combine into one solid color.

    Gel Medium Technique for Scrapbooking
  3. Gently smooth down gel mixture so it completely covers the opening and is flush with edges of chipboard. Set aside to dry for 24 to 48 hours (depending on the thickness), then cut sheet away from frame with a craft knife to reveal the swirled pattern on the underside. This is the side you will want to show on your projects, as it will have the prettiest effect. (Note: if you're using glass as a base, make sure you don't leave the sheet on too long or it will be difficult to remove. It's better to take it off just before it's fully dried if you can, and let it air dry on wax paper.

    Gek Medium Techniques for Scrapbooking
  4. Now you can take the "cured" acrylic sheet and use it like you would any sheet of thick cardstock or handmade paper. I love to make up several sheets in various colors and store them with wax paper in between each sheet. If you have any of the gel/paint mixtures left over, you can store them in air-tight containers for later use.

    Gel Medium Technique for Scrapbooking
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Since this is a completely new idea for me... The new "paper" is completely made from paint and gel medium? Can it be written on, hole punched? How long does it last, meaning can it withstand years of abuse from people touching the paper? Thanks


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