Tutorial Tuesday – Painting with Gel Pens

Yahoo, it’s Tutorial Tuesday and today you’re in for a treat.  Can you believe that you can paint with Gel pens?  Yup, that’s right!  And what goes better with Gel pens than Peel-Off stickers.  My previous Peel Off tutorial will show you another example of how to work with these embossed-like stickers.  Because I love these stickers so much, I am busy experimenting with various mediums for future tutorials.  In the meantime, pull out those gel pens and have fun!


  • Peel Off stickers (may substitute with another brand)
  • Gel pens in a variety of colours
  • Small paint brush
  • White cardstock

Gently, and carefully, place your sticker onto white cardstock.  Press firmly to ensure sticker is well adhered to cardstock.

Can you see that the small body was coloured?  Colour just a very small area and blend the colour outwards. Colour in sections to avoid the gel pen from drying out.  If the gel pen dries out, it will not blend.  You do not need a lot of water on your brush.  Swish your brush clean, and blot it onto a paper towel until most of water has been removed.

The left side of the butterfly demonstrates the areas that were coloured with the Gel pen.  The right hand side of the butterfly demonstrates what the Gel pen looks like blended with paintbrush and water.

The image has now been completely painted.  The image is now ready to be transformed into a card.

Because I wanted to make the butterfly the focal image, I used coordinating soft coloured cardstock.  I referred to my colour wheel to determine what would work well with the pink butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by.  Stay tuned for more Peel Off tutorials.

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Posted on : Sep 23 2008
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28 People have left comments on this post

Sep 23, 2008 - 06:09:59
Manna said:

WOWZA! You are one amazing artist! The colouring on this butterfly is amazing! Love how easy it is. Never thought of painting with gel pen. Since I don’t use a lot of peel-offs, I gurss I’ll just have to emboss and paint! Thanks for the tutorial!!!
I have added you to my reader so I won’t miss you again!

Sep 23, 2008 - 08:09:00
Stacy A said:

Hi, Beth! Your card is GORGEOUS!! However, I’m thinking you may have left out a step — how do you actually get the color from the marker to the paper? I see a paintbrush in the photo, but I’m having trouble making the connection. So I guess my question is … how do you turn the ink from the gel pen into “paint”? Do you scribble it on the paper and then paint it out with a water-dipped paintbrush? Or do you drag the paintbrush across the pen tip? This is such a pretty technique I’d love to know.


Sep 23, 2008 - 08:09:17
Kim H said:

Holey Buckets this is stunning and simple! I love this idea- I have never thought to paint with my gel pens! It is GORGEOUS!

Sep 23, 2008 - 08:09:07
Becky said:

Awesome!!thanks for sharing. I did not know what to do with peel offs now I do.

Sep 23, 2008 - 10:09:02

WOW Beth!! this is amazing!! I never would have thought to use gel pens!! This is gorgeous! I love the blending – it looks beautiful.. Now I have to go find stickers!! LOL.. Thanks for the tutorial, what a great idea!

Sep 23, 2008 - 10:09:03
Jennifer E. said:

Another beautiful card! I never thought to use my gel pens like this. Gotta give this one a try!

Sep 23, 2008 - 04:09:36

So utterly gorgeous and yet so simple! Thank you for sharing this amazing technique. Who knew you could paint with gel pens??

Sep 23, 2008 - 08:09:53
Tammi said:

Oh wow, that’s beautiful!! Thanks for showing how it’s done!

Sep 23, 2008 - 09:09:49
Shirley said:

This is lovely and a great tutorial too!

Sep 23, 2008 - 10:09:43
pesc said:

What a great tutorial! Thanks for much for sharing!

Sep 24, 2008 - 08:09:27
Beth Ullman said:

Beth love this tutorial and your butterfly is gorgeous I have some of these peel-oofs will have to give it a try.

Sep 24, 2008 - 08:09:41
Suzy said:

Wow lovely card. I have worked with peel offs and gel pens before but never mixed it with water I will have to try this – thank you for the inspiration!

Sep 24, 2008 - 06:09:53

This is lovely! What a great idea!

Sep 25, 2008 - 11:09:21
malieta said:

Your card is stunning Beth! The butterfly is beautifully colored and I love your idea. Thank you for sharing the tutorial:)

Sep 25, 2008 - 02:09:42

This is an awesome tutorial, Beth. And after a really long time, I am glad that the materials needed are available around here for sure :-)!! Gel pens and peel-offs, both! I will try this out as soon as I can visit a stationery store. Your image has turned out absolutely gorgeous.

Thanks a ton.

Sep 25, 2008 - 02:09:09
LaurenceB said:

Thank you , I wouldn’t have thought of it : water+gel pens !
Your card with the whiff of joy stamp is beautifull : love the stamp and colors .

xxx LaurenceB

Sep 25, 2008 - 06:09:32
Tracy Durcan said:

This is awesome Beth! I love the final card too!!

Sep 25, 2008 - 10:09:46
Chelsea said:

I love the colors of this …. why haven’t i ever though of using a water brush with the gel pen … brilliant!

Sep 27, 2008 - 11:09:09
Godelieve said:

Fabulous coloring with this technique!

Oct 27, 2009 - 11:10:33
Mel M. M. M. said:

NO way. Another amazing idea. I have so missed stalking you! hehehe ;o)

Oct 31, 2009 - 04:10:22
Gabriele said:

Thank you so much for sharing! I have tons of these stickers and use them quite often, but never thought of this method.
I have, however, one question: doesn’t the bruch suffer from this paint of the gel markers? Can you just wash it out (maybe with soap) or should you use an old brush?
Would be great if you could help me in this,
Thanks in advance

Oct 31, 2009 - 09:10:55
pesc said:

Very clever! I will have to try this! `:)

Oct 31, 2009 - 08:10:55
margarette (Dragon) said:

Absolutely beautiful.. I have so many gel pens given to me by grandchildren and this will give me far more and better use for them. thankyou for sharing.

Mar 30, 2014 - 04:03:36
Muriel Connnors said:

Hello – my congratulations on a wonderful idea – looks beautiful. I love butterflies and have used glitter ritz to colour – but never though of gel pens. I have a particular interest in the butterflies you used. I have searched the web but cannot find the ones you used – can you let me know where you obtained them – or just company name of carries them. I live in Canada so may be not able to get them here. Many thanks in advance – Muriel

Jan 4, 2017 - 02:01:17
Lois Quier said:

I love thiseeing idea, am looking forward to more.

Jan 4, 2017 - 02:01:00
Lois Quier said:

I love this idea, am looking forward to more.

Jan 5, 2017 - 11:01:12
Jan said:

I love this butterfly . I also love to paint with gel pens. Thank you for sharing a great ideal.

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