Gel printing plates are a lively and instant product to create mono prints with, plus 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 cheap roller to apply the paint.
Artist, teacher and maker Liz Wellby will guide you through a range of gel plate techniques including layering, impressing, creating stencils and exploring masking techniques with leaves and flowers; you will leave 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. They 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.
Liz will host this workshop at Turner’s Art Studio, on the outskirts of Matlock. It is new venue at the side of Turners Art - a very well stocked art supplier.
About the tutor
Liz Wellby is a versatile and experienced artist, teacher and maker, with a particular interest in sculpture and printmaking. Following the completion of a Fine Arts degree at Loughborough University and subsequent post graduate studies, she returned to Derbyshire, where for over 25 years she has lived and worked. Liz now lives and works from The Slipper Studio, in a small village on the edge of the Peak District, kept company by her husband and a cat called Bert.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
The workshop runs from 10 - 4pm, with places limited to just 6 and costs £55 including: most materials and equipment*, with tea and coffee provided; just bring your lunch.
*Please bring along your own Gelli Plate; 6 x 6 inch, 5 x 7 inch or 8 x 10 inch plate. They can be purchased online.
Please use the contact form if you have any questions or wish to book your place.
Due to the COVID-19 situation a range of measures will be in place, which are in line with government requirements. A workspace will be provided for each person, with individual materials and equipment. You will need to wear a facial covering/mask for limited times during workshops, when social distancing cannot be observed, such as during demonstrations.
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A very enjoyable and informative workshop in a very safe environment.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Judi,
Lovely day spent with Liz learning Gelli Printing in a lovely light space and beautiful setting.
We had plenty of time to experiment with different techniques and were encouraged all the way. The course was set at the right pace and for the right number of people.
Can't wait to have a go at home and use alongside other crafts/printing projects.
Would highly recommend the course and Liz's hospitality.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Cathy,
Great day learning a new skill. Liz was very patient and gave good instructions. There were lots of resources enabling us to make plenty of prints. I enjoyed the day very much and would recommend it. I am now looking at other classes Liz provides.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Tricia,
The course was well organised and the facilities were excellent.
The tuition and demonstrations were of a high standard.
The limit to 4 or 5 people on the course allowed for individual help to be given, and materials provided were plentiful.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Bob,
Loved the course. Whilst only an enthusiastic amateur I was really pleased with the way my skills improved
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Thanks for taking the time to review your day.
I had a lovely day in Liz's beautiful studio. Liz gave clear instructions and encouragement, I particularly enjoyed exploring colours I wouldn't normally have chosen.
I can definitely recommend Liz as a tutor. Jo
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Jo,
This was a well planned, well resourced workshop session on Gel Plate printing. The facilities were excellent and 'The Slipper Studio' provided a lovely, airy and well lit venue, that was very conducive to creative work.
Liz gave very informative instructions and preformed clear demonstrations, with plenty of samples available to see possible outcomes. Good one-to-one guidance was given, with practical suggestions as to techniques, colour choices, forward development etc.
The workshop was well structured to make good use of the day and I felt that my knowledge had improved by the end of it. I came away with a variety of gel prints that I'm really pleased with.
Gel printing is a process that offers a lot of creative freedom and is therefore suitable for anyone, regardless of skill. I loved the spontaneity of approach and the immediacy of the effects achieved.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Hi Andrea,
Brilliant workshop - the studio space is amazing and I received a lovely warm welcome from Liz.
Liz managed the workshop at the right pace with plenty of time to experiment with our work. She was always available for advice and suggestions if needed. It was very satisfying to be able to bring home lots of Gelli prints - I felt as if I had achieved something inspirational because this workshop gets you to think about colour combinations, layering colour etc. I feel re-motivated and will hopefully be able to transfer what I have learned into my glass fusing.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:So pleased that you had such a great day.
Everything is perfect at The Slipper Studio the excellent location, the spacious well equipped studio, the warm welcome and the extremely high standard of tuition and attention to detail delivered by Liz.
We spent a great day learning how to Gelli print with lots of time for practicing the skill and creating some lovely pieces. A fun and relaxing day.
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Wow! Thank you for your review.