Scheduled classes in 2017:
Wed 11 October
12:00 – 15:00
Contact us to express an interest in other dates.
Class size 8 max.
Age 14 and above.
Gelli plates offer a versatile method of monoprinting, where unique prints are made rather than an edition of identical prints. A flexible rubber-like plate that holds textures really well, it’s great for nature prints, building up designs with stencils, and overlaying colour to create beautiful patterns.
You can make prints very quickly, and layer them up with bright colours that pop dramatically, or subtle harmonious ones to give a wonderful depth to the images. By pressing seaweed, leaves or found objects and textures into the plate, you can take an impression that transfers to make incredibly detailed prints. It’s super easy to make lovely looking images, and with some practice you can control the technique to create art with atmospheric textural qualities similar to collagraph. Using stencils with the plates is another way of building images and we’ll have lots of pre-cut ones for you to experiment with.
This class is run by Xtina Lamb, who uses Gelli printing in her work – often printing with items she has mudlarked to build swirling portraits of presence and loss along the river shores on which they were found. She was recently one of five artists commissioned by Medway Council to produce new work on the theme of the Battle of Medway. She created gelli prints nearly a metre long depicting the fireships of the battle.
We’ll be using two kinds of gelli plates in the class – homemade ones containing gelatine and glycerine, and a commercial product from Gelli Arts made with mineral oil. They are similar and both can be permanently stored at room temperature, but the homemade ones are more easy to damage and they often need to be melted and reset after use. They are less firm than the Gelli Arts plates and the plate edges can be a bit wibbly wobbly with a less even printing surface, whereas the mineral oil ones keep a straight edge, are perfectly flat and are more easily handled. A lot of people like the organic look of the uneven edges and flaws in the gelatine plates, as they lend a lot of character to the prints.
In the the class we’ll explain how to make the plates, look at examples of gelli prints and take you through a series techniques with a lot of instruction and tips. There will be many textures, stencils and natural materials to work with, and you can cut your own stencil shapes either by hand or on our digital cutter. Gelli printing is very addictive, you might not want to stop once you’ve started!
All materials needed will be provided.
- Pay online by Paypal (you don’t need to have an account)
Wed 11 October
- Pay by phone: 01634 753299
- Pay by cash or cards in person at INTRA
If you have any questions about the class or payment, please call or send us an email.
Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.
Tags: Gelli printing, Gelli Arts Monoprinting Plate, all ages, printing with plants, stencils