After discovering the fun of Gel-a-Peel at Geronimo early this year, I was pleased when a Glow-in-the-dark kit arrived for CM. Summer holidays with Gel-a-Peel have certainly occupied CM on days best spent inside (and there’s been a few too many of those). Unfortunately as I’ve yet to have my break from work, I completely missed out on this opportunity.Gel-a-Peel is a silicone gel, which in the tube form contained in the kits, encourages children to create designs. The designs, as the name suggests, can them be peeled off certain surfaces. The designs can then be worn, used as decorative accessories, or added to other surfaces to create a customised look.
The Gel-a-Peel kits retail at £14.99. The Kits offer great value for money as each kit contains three tubes of Gel-a-Peel, templates, nozzles and tubes to create the perfect accessory.
The Glow In The Dark Kit came with an alphabet tray, a bracelet template, a silicone tray, and a fruit stencil template. Absolutely perfect in providing inspiration to aspiring designers.
Gel-A-Peel challenged CM to create a customised summer accessory and sent a luggage tag ready for her upcoming holiday.
I didn’t offer CM any guidance in advance but I can only imagine if I did my OCD would lead her to create a design with a sense of uniformity:Fortunately, CM has inherited creativity first and foremost. This was incorporated with her ‘more is more’ approach. Or as I like to think it ‘Andy Warhol- inspired’.
And this is the great part of Gel-a-Peel. You have the option of creating delicate designs or more chunky patterns. The nozzles are similar to those for icing designs on cakes, so it’s mainly a case of a steady hand.
Like cake decorating, the handy hint is the same – Patience. You need to apply Gel-a-Peel consistently, a gap means the design won’t lift in one piece. You need to make sure you don’t smudge the design (If you do, just reapply another layer). And the gel does need to be a good thickness to withstand wear. Always remember to put the proper lids back on the tubes- they will dry out. The nozzles will also contain gel which needs to be cleaned (snapped put of the casing) if you’re using them after a day or so.
And rather than add her name, or any of the other shapes she created to her tag, with pride and confidence in hand, she went bold. In their raw creation, her colours were added to her bag. Gel-a-Peel is recommended for children aged 8 plus. I think with adult supervision it’s probably great as a craft activity from age 6. At 8, it’s the perfect age to learn independently how your own creativity can be brought to life.Disclosure: We received a Gel-a-Peel kit for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions contained are my own.