Join us on Saturday 15th October at our thatched Long Barn in the beautiful Meon Valley, for a day of monoprinting using gel plates.
Gel printing plates are a lively and instant method for creating monoprints, with the advantage that they don’t require the use of a printing press. Each print is unique and this highly adaptable process invites experimentation.
Gel printing plates look and feel like gelatin, but are durable, reusable and store at room temperature; they come in a range of sizes and shapes, are easy to clean with mild soap and water or baby wipes and are always ready for printing. They are used in conjunction with acrylic paints and need no more equipment than a roller to apply the paint.
You will be guided through a range of gel plate techniques including layering, impressing, creating stencils and exploring masking techniques with leaves and flowers, leaving with a range of monoprints that can be seen as outcomes in their own right or can be starting points for further processes, such as paintings or a lino cut. Your images can also be collaged and used to create cards, gift tags or used in creative journals and sketch pads.
This workshop will suit the creative beginner or those with some experience of different creative processes and techniques. The more experienced gel plate user will also find lots of opportunities to develop and enhance their skills.
You might be interested in booking a 2nd day on Sunday 16th October to continue your creative development.
Please bring along your own Gelli Plate; 6 x 6 inch, 5 x 7 inch and 8 x 10 inch plates can be purchased from handprinted.com.
The workshop will be delivered by Alison Butler and Liz Wellby: Alison has over 25 years experience as a textile designer and book illustrator, whilst Liz is an experienced fine artist, teacher and maker, with a particular interest in print.
This workshop is suitable for a range of abilities and creative experiences. Places are limited to just 10.
Please bring along: an apron, your Gelli Plate, any old acrylic paints or favourite coloured acrylics that you would like to use, plus an old magazine to transport wet work home and your lunch.
The workshop will run from 10 - 4pm and costs £95, including most materials and use of equipment; refreshments will be served throughout the day - just bring your lunch.