ONLINE An Introduction to Gel Plate Printing Techniques - Fri 12th November 2021 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Fri 12th November 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Fri 26th November 10am - 11am follow up and Q&A session
Whether you would like a refresher of some gel plate printing techniques, have a gel plate in your craft cupboard that you've never used, or have no idea what a gel plate printing is but would like to find out, you are very welcome on this LivePlus™ online workshop.
A gel plate is the perfect surface for making a series of one off prints. During this class Janina will cover care of your gel plate and the most suitable paints and papers to use for printing. She will then demonstrate several techniques for making prints including mark making, stencilling, stamping, layering, wet vs dry printing, direct painting, and magazine image transfers.
These techniques can be used for representational work or can be completely abstract pieces. Be prepared to experiment and you will quickly make a stack of gorgeous prints.
In the follow up and Q&A session students are encouraged to bring along any gel plate prints they have made to show everyone else, and to ask any further questions they may have.
Janina offers several different Gel plate printing workshops and they can be taken in any order - further classes will be added soon. She aims to minimise the amount of overlap between them so each one focuses on different aspects of gel plate printing.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Care of your gel plate and brayer / roller
- Suitable papers and paints for gel plate printing
- How to make mask prints, ghost prints and pickup prints
- Using objects such as stencils, mark making tools and textured surfaces to make pattern prints
- How to transfer an image from a magazine
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Gel plate - any size plate will work for these techniques but Janina tends to work most with the 8” by 10” size. The two brands she recommends are Gelli Arts or Gel Press.
- Acrylic paint (4 to 6 tubes) in a mix of colours. Pebeo and Hobbycraft brands work well because they are soft body i.e. slightly runny and a good price. Golden OPEN paints are excellent but expensive.
- Various papers to experiment on e.g. white and coloured printer paper, sugar paper, smooth thin cartridge, old maps, music paper, deli paper, wet strength tissue paper.
- Roller (or brayer)
- Paint brushes for use with acrylic paint
- Mark making tools. Have a hunt around the house for objects that will make a mark or which have a texture eg combs, old tubes, plastic forks, old cotton reels, textured packaging etc.
- Magazine with strong black and white contrast images. Vogue magazine seems to work best
- Baby oil – for cleaning the gel plate
- Baby wipes – for cleaning the brayer / roller
You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.
Links to suppliers
Handprinted – gel plates and patterning tools
Seawhites – cartridge and coloured paper, roller/brayer, acrylic paint
Hobbycraft – acrylic paint, white, coloured and black paper
Art Van Go – texture plates and rollers
Amazon – deli paper, wet strength tissue