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Gelli Plate Monoprinting Thursday, August 3, 9:00 AM  
Caitlin Dundon $130  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Printmaking

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Monoprinting has been around since the early 1600s and quite simply is creating a single painting or design on a plate with paint or ink and printing it onto paper. It allows the artist to make a series by using similar colors and techniques, but each print is ultimately unique. Since the 1800s printmakers made handmade gelatin plates - but they only keep for a few weeks and need to be refrigerated, so much for spontaneity. So when Gelli plates by GelliArts were created a few years ago - it really spurred a whole new art form for painters, card makers, and mixed media artist - not just printmakers. One of the simplest forms of printing, it works quickly and easily required only a plate, brayer and acrylic paints. It can also be cleaned easily with baby wipes or paper towels and hand sanitizer.

The process of making prints can be very addicting and fun. You can use Gelli Plates to print layered illustrations or use them to create papers that you can collage with. Today we will learn how to layer colors and make ghost prints (making a second print from existing bits of color) but also work with stencils and other tools to create interesting patterns. We'll also experiment with deli paper prints. You can use a lot of these prints in the Faux Encaustic Collage class being held at this same retreat!

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $10.00 includes:
  • Use of additional colors acrylic paints
  • Rubber stamps and stencils to share
  • stencil masks
  • waxed deli paper PLUS additional papers
  • bubble wrap
  • cotton swabs
  • embossing templates
  • texture plates, etc. to borrow
  • Gelli Plates and brayers to share
  • Catalyst and other tools

Student should bring:

  • Bring 15-20 sheets of paper: 8-1/2 x 11 or 9 x 12 papers (loose, not wire-o bound or glued together) of drawing paper or hot press watercolor paper
  • printmaking papers
  • rice paper
  • baby wipes or hand sanitizer/paper towels
  • 3-4 colors acrylic paints (Golden fluid, Amsterdam and/or DecoArts Craft Paints)


  • rubber stamps and stencils
  • cut paper masks
  • 4" x 6", 5" x 5" OR 6" x 6" Gelli Plate and brayer
  • tiny spritzer water bottle

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: handwrittenlife@gmail.com
Website: www.handwrittenlife.com