Gelli plate monoprinting

gelli print - under the seaScheduled classes for 2022:
Sat 26 March
– click date to book

11:00 – 14:00

Contact us to express an interest in other dates.

Venue: INTRA
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.

arranging grasses on an inked up gelatine plateYou 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.


Gelli printing

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.

gelli plate with leaves and textured printIn 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.

gelli printsBooking

  • Pay online by Paypal
    Sat 26 March – click date to book
  • Pay by phone: 01634 790959
  • 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.

gelli-prints-mkGelli plant print


Gelli print with circle stencilsPlease 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, printing with plants, stencils


2 thoughts on “Gelli plate monoprinting

  1. Could you let me know when you next run a gelli monoprinting coures please? So dissappointed to miss the one run this month. Thanks.

    • Hi Karen, shame you missed the June one. This class can be requested as a one to one on Wednesdays during our Open Access Printmaking sessions, any 3 hours between 11:30am and 8pm if I’m not already booked for something. Please send an email to and I’ll check the diary to see if I’m free. Thanks – Xtina


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