ONLINE Gel Plate Printing Techniques 3: Textiles - Wed 12th January 2022 at 2pm
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.
Wed 12th January 2pm - 3:30pm workshop demo
Wed 26th January 2pm - 3pm feedback & follow up
This LivePlus™ online workshop is number 3 in the gel plate printing series of workshops but rest assured that the classes can be taken in any order and are all suitable for students of all levels of experience.
The gel plate is a fantastic base for making one off prints. Originally made from gelatine (hence the name) they offer a firm but squishy surface that release acrylic paints beautifully to make very striking prints. There are many different ways of making designs for printing and the process is very fast (and very addictive!)
After a quick introduction to the basics, tools and materials we will explore ways of using textiles such as netting, lace, weaving, stitching and threads to make monoprints onto paper.
We will then move on to a more detailed review of suitable paints to use with fabric. As well as exploring ways of printing onto fabric using a variety of mark making techniques and using both acrylic paints and fabric printing inks.
There will also be plenty of suggestions of how to use the printed fabrics in your own textile projects after the workshop.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Care of your gel plate and roller/brayer
- Suitable papers, fabrics and paints for gel plate printing
- Using textile shapes and textures to make prints onto paper
- Using mark making tools, garden plants and ‘reverse printing’ to make prints onto fabric
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Gel plate (Janina recommends the 8" x 12" plates from Gel Press or Gelli Arts)
- Acrylic paint - 6 to 8 tubes in your choice of colours. (Pebeo and Hobbycraft brands work well and are a reasonable price. Please note that thick and old paint does not work well for gel plate printing)
- Roller (or brayer) (Janina uses a 4 inch size, but any size will do)
- Assorted papers to print on e.g. white and coloured printer paper, sugar paper, smooth cartridge, black paper. (Please avoid glossy photo paper as this will stick to your plate!)
- A variety of textiles to print with – threads, lace, loose weave fabrics, textured fabrics, ribbons etc.
- A selection of fabrics to print on such as close weave cotton and polycotton, sheers, white, black, printed - all trimmed to size and ironed
- Any stencils or mark making tools you already have - scrapers, cardboard tubes, textured packaging, fork (nothing sharp!)
- Leaves and grasses from the garden
- Baby wipes
- Baby oil
- Kitchen roll
- Rigid see-through Perspex sheet 2 mm thick, size A4 (optional)
- For printing onto fabric you may wish to attend the workshop before making any purchases. If you prefer to purchase in advance then either a fabric printing medium to mix with acrylic paint or ready mixed fabric printing paint eg Daler Rowney System 3 Screen Printing Textile Acrylic
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 gel plate patterning tools. https://handprinted.co.uk/collections/gelli
- Seawhites – cartridge and coloured paper, roller/brayer, acrylic paint https://www.artesaver.co.uk/
- Hobbycraft – acrylic paint, white, coloured and black paper, fabric https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
- Art Van Go – texture plates and rollers https://www.vycombe-arts.co.uk/
- Amazon –deli paper, wet strength tissue