Pretty Grunge: A Layered Printing Technique

Example of layered printing by Rebekah Meier

About this Quilt

Designed By : Rebekah Meier

“I am always experimenting with paint and layering techniques. The techniques in this article create a pretty, grunge look. To achieve this, I chose to work on colored commercial fabrics with small to medium scale prints. My goal was to have some of the print from the original fabric show through as the first layer of design. To complete these patterned fabrics, I printed more and more layers using gel plates and stencils until I was satisfied with the final effects.” – Rebekah Meier

Learn this layered printing technique and so much more in the August/September issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Gel plate, several shapes and sizes (I used Gel Press® Reusable Gel Printing Plate, a 6″ square and a 4″ circle.)
  • Several colors of acrylic paint, including white
  • 2 brayers
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Commercial fabrics, washed to remove sizing and cut 1″ larger than gel plate
  • Stencils (I used Rebekah Meier stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.)


  • Textile medium
  • Acrylic ink, various colors

Pick up your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine August/September 2018 for these instructions and more!