ONLINE Gel Plate Printing Techniques 5: Inspired by Traditional Printmaking - Wed 16th February 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 16th February 2pm - 3:30pm workshop demo
Wed 2nd March 2pm - 3pm feedback & follow up
This LivePlus™ online workshop is number 5 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.
Gel plate printing is so versatile and there any many ways of using the gel plate to create fast and easy one off prints.
In this workshop we will focus on taking ideas and inspiration from other more traditional printmaking techniques and applying these to the gel plate.
The topics we will cover include:
- Tools and materials for gel plate printing (quick recap)
- Basic gel plate printing (quick recap)
- Creating screen printing effects with masks and stencils
- Creating line based intaglio effects with polystyrene sheet and Tetra Pak packaging
- Create monoprinting effects by direct painting
- Create lithography effects using oil pastel
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.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- How to look after your gel plate
- Basic gel plate printing process
- Screen print effects: making stencils and masks for screen print effects and how to create drop shadows and create depth
- Intaglio effects: Making linear designs using polystyrene sheet and / or Tetra Pak cartons
- Traditional monoprint effects: Using the gel plate as a canvas for positive and negative monoprint effects
- Lithography effects: Using oil pastel or other oil / wax based mediums for resist techniques
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Basic tools and materials for all gel plate printing processes
- Gel plate - Janina recommends 2 brands: Gelli Arts or Gel Press. Any size plate will work for these techniques but Janina tends to work most with the 8” by 10” size.
- Acrylic paint 4 to 6 tubes in a mix of colours – Pebeo and Hobbycraft brands work well because they are soft body ie slightly runny and a good price.
- Golden OPEN acrylic paints are very good for some of the effects but are expensive. Ideally have one or two tubes to experiment with if possible
- Paper – Try printing on lots of different papers eg white and coloured printer paper, sugar paper, smooth thin cartridge, old maps, music paper, deli paper, wet strength tissue paper. Don’t use any coated papers eg glossy photograph papers as these disintegrate and stick to the gel plate
- Roller (or brayer)
- Baby oil – for cleaning the gel plate
- Baby wipes – for cleaning the brayer / roller
Extra tools and materials for the specific processes. If you don’t have these then please do feel free to experiment with what you already have:
Screen printing effects
- Card or thin plastic sheet to make stencils. The plastic tabbed file dividers from Smiths are excellent.
- Sharp cutting knife and cutting mat
- Pencil or black sharpie pen
- See through rigid Perspex sheet A4, for registration of multiple prints
- Polystyrene sheet (eg off the bottom of a pizza) or Tetra Pak (eg from a carton of milk or soup) or special collagraph / drypoint card
- Pen or pencil to incise lines
- Sharp cutting knife to incise lines
- Credit card or small squeegee for pushing paint into the inscribed lines
- Paint brush suitable for acrylic
- Scrapey tool (not sharp)
Lithography resist effects
- Oil pastel or oil bar (any colour) or brushable wax medium
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