Gel Impressionism Foiled Collage

by Lydia Fiedler

In a fun update to the serendipity technique, create a foiled collage.


  • Gel Press print, background or patterned paper (Print from this technique used here)

  • Glue (Tombow Mono Multi used here)

  • Craft foil (Silver Deco Foil used here)

  • Dies or punches (Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies used here)

  • Old toothbrush

  • Collage medium or gel medium (optional)

  • Bone folder or old credit card


  1. Step 1

    Find a Gel Press print, patterned paper or other background piece that's approximately 5x7. Tear it into small pieces about the size of a thumbprint.

  2. Step 2

    Using glue or gel or collage medium, collage the pieces onto a card front. It takes a larger piece than the finished size you're working with. You can see how little is left over when collaging a 5x7 piece onto a card front.

  3. Step 3

    Using dies or punches or your paper trimmer, cut the collaged piece into small shapes.

  4. Step 4

    Using an old toothbrush and glue, randomly apply glue to die cut shapes.

  5. Step 5

    Place craft foil onto wet glue, with the shiny side up, and burnish with a bone folder or old credit card.

  6. Step 6

    The foil will be transferred to wherever there was glue.

  7. Step 7

    Use the final collage pieces on a finished card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Gel Impressionism Foiled Collage. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This is amazing and looks like so much fun...and therapeutic! Awesome technique!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Nov 7, 2018 at 4:52 AM
This is great!! Love this mixed-media take on a gel print!! Can't wait to try it.
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Nov 7, 2018 at 8:15 AM
So what do you do when you love the whole piece and don't want to cut it or cover it?!! LOL I love how it turned out!
muscrat  |  Wed Nov 7, 2018 at 9:58 AM
I can’t wait to do this! Thank you, Lydia!
Sharon Madson  |  Wed Nov 7, 2018 at 10:37 AM
I love the foil with an alcohol ink background as well but haven't tried the toothbrush. I used stamped images.
Judy Sander  |  Wed Nov 7, 2018 at 3:38 PM
This is so pretty, I love the foil on these designs. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Diane Koele  |  Wed Nov 7, 2018 at 7:46 PM

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