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Speedball Gel Printing Plates make it easy for hobbyists and fine artists to create beautiful one-of-a-kind prints. They're great for mixed media, card making, journaling, scrapbooking, home décor, and much more.
For best results, use printmaking inks such as Akua Intaglio Inks, Akua Liquid Pigment, Speedball Water-Based Block Printing Inks, and Speedball Screen Printing Inks. Oil-based paints and tempera paints are also suitable.
Speedball Gel Printing Plates offer the optimal durometer and thickness to create prints with exquisite detail. They clean up easily with soap and water or baby wipes when using waterbased inks, or baby oil for oil-based inks. They store neatly in their protective clamshell packaging. In the bulk packs, the plates stack and store neatly in a sturdy box.
Available in a range of popular sizes, 10-packs, and kits. Gel Printing Kits include a 5" × 5" plate and other must-have supplies.
Conforms to ASTM D 4236
5" x 5" Speedball Gel Printing Class Pack
Everything you need to instruct and inspire a group. Artists of all skill levels can learn the fun and easy gel printing process with this economical bulk pack, which includes:
8" x 10" Speedball Akua Gel Printing Class Pack
Perfect for any classroom or printmaking studio, this large bundle of supplies features professional-quality Akua Intaglio Inks, which are loaded with pigment and stay open for a very long time. The pack includes:
Speedball Akua Gel Printing Kit
Professional-quality Akua Intaglio Inks are loaded with pigment and stay open for a very long time. They work beautifully with Speedball Gel Printing Plates. The seven-piece kit contains:
Speedball Gel Printing Kit
This seven-piece kit features Speedball's brilliant Block Printing Ink. The water-soluble ink is non-toxic and cleans up easily with water. An excellent value, the kit includes:
Speedball Gel Printing Plate Tool Kit
This kit features three great introductory items for artists getting started in gel printing. It includes:
5" × 5"
13 cm × 13 cm
5" × 7"
13 cm × 18 cm
8" × 10"
20 cm × 25 cm
12" × 12"
31 cm × 31 cm
® Speedball is a registered trademark.™ Akua is a trademark. ™ Red Baron is a trademark. ™ Pop-In is a trademark. ® Bienfang is a registered trademark. ™ Akua Intaglio is a trademark. ™ Arnhem 1618 is a trademark.
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By Diane the Diva
from Brunswick ME
Comments about Speedball Gel Printing Plates:
Will be using gel plate for journal pages mans paste paper.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Chico, CA
I came across these Speedball gel plates while attending a recent conference. I purchased a couple to try and am very pleased. They work well with a variety of inks. I have been using Akua intaglio inks with them and find that combination to provide clear, crisp prints--even ghost prints. The other thing that is nice about these plates is that you do need a press for printing with them. A baren or even your hand will work well because of the consistency of the gel plate.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent gel plate for Akua Inks!
By Lori/Nature Printer
from Saluda, NC
I used 2 sizes of Speedball Gel Plates with Akua Intaglio Inks and the plates worked great!!! The key for capturing incredible detail is to use as little Akua Intaglio Ink as possible. Place a tiny bit of ink directly on the gel plate, then smooth with a brayer over the entire surface. I pressed leaves, seaweed, and other things in nature gently on top of the inked plate. Using a lightweight Japanese paper placed over the inked plate I then used the palm of my hand to transfer the image from the gel plate to the paper. Time and time again the results were amazing!
from Aurora, CO
I own just about every make and size of Gelli/Geli Plates out there - and I thought Speedball would have done a much better job. I loved the 12 x 12" size - but it was more rigid than the other plates (less forgiving) - the paper stuck to it so strongly that I pulled a small corner off trying to hold it down and it bent some cardstock trying to lift the print off. Also had bubbles in the acrylics I applied - which I've never had with any of the others. Don't waste your money.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with this Gel Plate. We apologize for the frustration you experienced using acrylics for your prints. These plates work best with printmaking inks or an extended open-time acrylic like the Golden Open Acrylics. We see that our Customer Care Agents have been in touch with you to assist you with this. Please know that if you would like additional information on compatible media, our Product Information Team is happy to advise you. Product Specialists are available weekdays from 8am to 5:30pm CST at 1-800-933-2524 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they're always glad to help!
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Speedball Gel Plates are TERRIFIC!!
By LG - Nature Printer
from Boston, MA
We used 2 sizes of Speedball Gel Plates in our NPS workshop with Akua Intaglio Inks and the plates were remarkable in giving us the results we were striving for!!! The key for capturing incredible detail is to use as little Akua Intaglio Ink as possible. We placed a tiny bit of ink directly on the gel plate, then with our brayer smoothed it out over the entire surface. Since we are Nature Printers we then pressed leaves gently on top of the inked plate; or rolled pine cones, pressed starfish, pressed sea urchins, etc... - for the detail. Then we placed a piece of lightweight Japanese paper over the inked plate and used the palm of our hand to transfer the image from the gel plate to the paper. We achieved wonderful results!!!Thank you SPEEDBALL for all your work, and allowing us to test out, your fabulous GEL PLATE!!!
Makes beautiful monotypes
By Cassandra the printmaker
from Boise, Idaho
I'm happy to see Blick carrying the gel plates because I recently used them at a workshop and my experience was very positive. We used Akua inks and a variety stencils and papers, and the resulting prints were beautiful, comparable to monotypes made with plates run through an etching press. I'd love to see them offered even larger, maybe 18" x 20" (though I think they might be quite expensive at that size).
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great Printmaking Plates
By Artingales Director
from Portland Area, Oregon
Last week I taught two classes using these gel plates, and the ease of use for new learners is impressive! These plates are a bit firmer than a competing brand, which allows for really sharp detail because they're not too squishy. Pairing these plates with fine printmaking Akua inks results in rich prints that impress students and professionals alike. Pigment staining of new plates from heavy pigment doesn't harm the plate and doesn't transfer to new prints after simple cleanup with baby wipes or a light soap and water mixture. All gel plates are sticky and need to be separated with the included plastic dividers, or you can cut your own mylar/acetate should a user forget to keep the dividers.I've used these plates with paper and fabric, Akuas and Speedball screen-printing inks. As a classically trained printmaker, I think these plates are an excellent addition to a professional printmaker's tool set.
Images shared by Artingales Director
Oak Leaves print with Akua
Tags: Made with Product
Ice Cream Love sample print
(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
Speedball Gel Printing Plate
So disappointed in the Speedball Gel plate. The prints do not give the depth and visual texture that the Gelli Arts Printing plate gives. I have many Gelli Arts printing plates and LOVE them!!! But I wanted a 12 x12 printing plate and I thought Speedball would make a good plate since they are known for printmaking products, but I was wrong. I used acrylic paint with the printing plate and the prints did not turn out as nice and the paint did not even brayer on the plate as nice as the Gelli Arts Printing plate and clean up was very difficult. I do not understand why clean up was so hard It takes me 1 minute to clean up my Gelli Arts printing plate with hand sanitizer but the Speedball plate took at least 10 minutes. I thought maybe the acrylic paint I was using was bad so I did the exact same prints with my 8 x10 Gelli Arts Plate and the 12 x12 Speedball Gelli Plate as an experiment but no the Speedball plate is just poor in print quality, paint application and clean up. The Speedball plate is about 2/8 inches thick which is thinner than the Gelli Plate maybe that has something to do with it. I think the material the Speedball Plate is made out of must be less quality. I have shopped at Dick Blick for 30 years and this is the first item I want to return.
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that these plates didn't work as you're accustomed to. These Gel Plates work best with printmaking inks like Akua or Speedball Inks. For users whose preferred medium is acrylic, Speedball recommends the Golden Open Acrylics for their longer working time. Of course we were happy to accept your return, and if we can be of further assistance in this, we hope you'll let us know!
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