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How To GelTangle & Color With Washi Tape

Learn how to GelTangle and color with washi tape in my latest mixed media art journal video. Plus, watch a flip through my art journal.

How to GelTangle & Color With Washi Tape

GelTangle = Gel Print + Zentangle

Neutrals are where it’s at, am I right? Lately, I used a multitude of vibrant eye-catching colors. So it was refreshing to return to neutrals and gold. You gotta love gold!

Limit your color palette to 2-3 colors. I used Amsterdam Payne’s Gray & Metallic Gold Deep acrylic paint with Pinata Gold alcohol ink. The embellished Crazy Huggins Zentangle pattern vibe with the medieval color palette.

Add fierce messaging with Note To Self sentiment strips painted with gold. Postal Memory Washi Tape is chock-full of neutral tickets and stamps that coordinate well with the gel print.

Color With Washi Tape

On a two-page journal spread, I tie elements from one page to the next. In this case, the color palette is the same, but in different ratios. In addition, the circles of the Zentangle pattern are represented by gold alcohol ink dots and circles.

Those large gold circles were screaming for flower doodles. And of course there’s never enough gold, so I grabbed some gilded washi tape and got to work.

GelTangle Video Tutorial

Blog posts are fun, but I know you want to see how all this goodness was created. Watch the video here or in HD on YouTube.


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  1. Patricia Wilson says:

    The Geltangle is super interesting. Loved your finished project. What a great idea to use the washi tape on the flowers, just lovely. Thank you for showing us all those great techniques and tips. I agree, I tried one of those swivel cutting knives and it was awful. I made such a mess. Thanks, again, I so enjoy watching you.

    1. Right? I never thought I’d need a class to use a kraft knife, but alas, I do! Jaycee Gaspar, a fellow Altenew Educator, is a freakin wizard with the swivel knife. In fact, I bought mine because of him. LOL! Thanks, Patricia! I’m glad you liked the spread I enjoyed the washi too!