ONLINE Getting Started with Gel Plate Printing - Thurs 28th September 2023 at 10am
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Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, we would encourage students to participate live and work along with the tutor, if possible.
A video playback service will still be provided to all students for 60 days.
Thurs 28th September 10am - 12pm
This LivePlus™ online workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to experiment with their gel plate. This is a work-along workshop and so we would encourage students to have their materials to hand, ready to participate live during the class.
A gel plate is a perfect surface for making a series of one off prints. Whether you would like a refresher of some gel plate printing techniques, have a gel plate and never used it, or have no idea what a gel plate printing is but would like to find out, then you are very welcome on this workshop.
During this workshop Janina will cover care of your gel plate and the most suitable paints and papers to use for printing. Be prepared to experiment and you will quickly gather a stack of gorgeous prints.
Janina will demonstrate several techniques for making prints including mixing colours, layering, mark making, using textured surfaces, stencils, and magazine image transfers.
You are encouraged to have a go with your gel plate during Janina's demonstrations, so that we can do any troubleshooting as needed. If you prefer you to watch the demonstrations first, then have a go at the techniques afterwards, there will be opportunities for feedback via the class blackboard for thirty days.
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 prints including “ghost prints” and “pickup prints”
- Using objects such mark making tools, textured surfaces, and stencils to make 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 - Janina recommends either of 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 your favourite colours. The Pebeo and Hobbycraft brands work well because they are soft body ie slightly runny and a good price. Metallic paints work very well with black paper
- Paper – Try printing on lots of different papers eg white printer paper, black paper, coloured paper, sugar paper, smooth cartridge, deli paper, wet strength tissue paper. Have a good selection of 30 or so sheets
- Roller (or brayer). Janina tends to use a 4” wide roller for the 8” by 10” gel plate
- Mark making tools – have a hunt around the house for objects that can be used to make a mark eg combs, old card tubes, plastic forks, old cotton reels, cotton buds. Nothing sharp
- Textured items eg corrugated packaging, bottom of food packages, textured wallpaper, heavily textured fabric
- Stencils – one or two stencils you may already have. These can be purchased stencils, hand made (eg shapes cut from thin card or plastic) or found stencils (eg lacy paper)
- For the magazine transfer you will need a strong black and white image. Vogue magazine seems to work best
- Baby oil – for cleaning the gel plate
- Baby wipes – for cleaning the brayer / roller
Links to suppliers
- Handprinted – gel plates and patterning tools, deli paper. 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 https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
- Amazon – wet strength tissue (carnival brand)
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Janina will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students within thirty days of the class ending. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
We suggest that you do not buy any specialist materials more than one week in advance as, occasionally, a class may be cancelled due to low enrolment.