ONLINE Gel Plate Printing 4: Monoprints & Collage - Tues 15th June 2021 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please let us know in the notes field when booking where possible. We will record the workshop demo session and provide a video playback service to all students for 30 days.
NB. The follow up session is not recorded
Tues 15th June 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Tues 29th June 7pm - 8pm follow up and feedback
This LivePlus™ online workshop is number 4 in the Gel Plate Printing series of workshops but they are all suitable for every level of experience and the workshops can be taken in any order.
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 Originally made from gelatine (hence the name) they offer a firm but squishy surface that release acrylic paints beautifully to make very striking prints.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!) and a great way to build up a stash of collage papers.
This workshop will comprise a mixture of simple gel plate printing techniques with the aim of building up a collection of papers suitable to be cut up for collage.
Janina will then demonstrate a series of collage based projects using these gel printed papers, other decorative papers, washi tape and paint. The projects will include black line collage, chine colle, layers of collage, cut paper collage and the 5 by 5 collage challenge
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Care of your gel plate and roller/brayer
- Suitable papers for printing on to get specific effects in the collage projects
- Simple gel plate printing techniques
- Suitable papers and adhesives for collage
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
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.
- Gel plate (Recommended brands are Gel Press or Gelli Arts and Janina’s preferred size of plate is 8” by 12”)
- Acrylic paint - 6 to 8 tubes of acrylic paint in your choice of colours. The Pebeo and Hobbycraft brands work well and are a reasonable price. (Thick and old paint does not work well)
- Roller (or brayer). I use a 4 inch size, but any size will do
- Paper – 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!) For one of the projects you will need black paper, and another you will need to print onto a thin translucent paper such as deli paper or wet strength tissue.
- Paper to collage on to. Use a sturdy smooth watercolour or mixed media paper
- Any stencils or mark making tools you already have eg scrapers, cardboard tubes, textured packaging (nothing sharp)
- Glue – acrylic matte gel medium works very well, but you can also use PVA
- Brush to apply glue
- Old credit card for smoothing down the collages pieces
- Extra decorative papers for collage such as thin scrapbook papers and decoupage papers
- Washi tape
- Any images you want to work from. Simple graphic shapes such as flowers or birds work well.
- Baby wipes, baby oil and kitchen paper (for cleaning your gel plate)
Links to suppliers
Handprinted – gel plates and gel plate patterning tools
Seawhites – cartridge and coloured paper, rollers (brayers), acrylic paint
Hobbycraft – acrylic paint, white, coloured and black paper, scrapbook paper, washi tape
Art Van Go – mark making tools, scrapers, texture plates and texture rollers
Jacksons – paper, paint, acrylic paints and mediums, rollers (brayers), POSCA pens
Amazon –deli paper (brand Logan Wrap), wet strength tissue (brand Carnival)