Create with a gel printing plate in Derbyshire

Gel Plate Printing - create monoprints without a press.


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 the workshop at her home studio, The Slipper Studio, on the edge of the Peak District. The venue is beautifully presented, with handcrafted workbenches and a wood burner, with views down into the village.

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.

It is possible to arrange this workshop on different dates; should you wish to book 3* places the price will be £69 per person or £79 per person for 2 people.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop runs from 10 - 4pm, with places limited to just 3*and costs £69, including: materials and equipment*, with tea, coffee and wrapped biscuits 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. These can be purchased online

Please select 'Ask a Question' if you would like to contact the course organiser in advance of booking with any queries or requests.

*COVID19 update
Until further notice, to allow for social distancing, workshop places at a The Slipper Studio will be reduced from 5 to 3. A large workbench will be provided for each person, with individual materials and equipment. In line with government advice, a new cleaning regime is in place and you will need to wear a facial covering/mask for limited times during workshops.


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The Slipper Studio

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
Karen Fiedler Booth - - #34619

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Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Karen,

Thank you for such a thoughtful response to your day at The Slipper Studio - it’s really appreciated.

It’s always a pleasure to work with you as you have such an openness to new ideas and techniques.

I quite agree that gel plate printing is addictive, so let’s hope you enjoy
many more leisurely days and evenings creating your beautiful prints.

Very best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Nicola Crook - - #34613

I had a wonderful day learning the art of monoprinting using Gelli plates at the gloriously beautiful Slipper Studio with Liz Wellby.
Liz is a great teacher and facilitator, allowing us to take our own pace whilst at the same time keeping to schedule of the day. I couldn't believe how much we learnt and produced in a day!
It has inspired me to use the process in my own work and I certainly would recommend this class and Liz to anyone who wants a good learning adventure.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Nicky,

Thank you for taking the time to review your day - it’s much appreciated.

It was a lovely day and great to see how you clearly got so much from the workshop experience.

I think this process will be a really useful addition to you and also support your painting.

Looking forward to seeing you in September for a playful with wire and paper.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Vicci Holmes - - #34610

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Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Vicci,

Wow! That’s a cracking review and very much appreciated.

It has been a pleasure working with you and lovely to help and support a fellow teacher. You have lots of great ideas already and your students should love the work you intend to deliver this year.

I will be very happy for you to return to The Slipper Studio.

Good luck with the new school year.

In-person course
Lucy Kirby - - #34139

I would definitely recommend this workshop on gel plate mono printing. The demonstrations & practice were well planned & there was enough time Tom carry out tasks & reflect on them + little extras about ways to continue with particular pieces. Liz sent clear instructions prior to the course about what to bring & I liked the fact I didn’t have to bring any art equipment or come with images of what I wanted to do. The venue & studio is beautiful & functional & provided plenty of working space.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Lucy,

Thanks for taking the time to review your day and I’m really pleased that you would recommend a workshop at The Slipper Studio.

Gel plate printing is a great process and I am sure that you will find it a really useful way to continue your creative work, with a particular focus on a mixed media approach.

Happy printing.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Yvonne - - #31526

Great course, lots of techniques packed into the day. Brilliant venue

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Yvonne,

Really pleased you had a good day.

Hope you get time to explore this technique further.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Deborah Judd - - #31508

I had a really enjoyable day learning the creative and spontaneous technique of Gel Plate printing. Liz is a most excellent teacher. She delivers with great enthusiasm and clarity and her subject knowledge is vast. The day was really well paced. We learned several techniques using a variety of resources. I felt confident to experiment due to Liz's feedback and reassurance throughout the day. I particularly enjoyed the freedom of playing with different colour combinations and palettes outside of my usual comfort zone. I look forward to taking these techniques further into Textiles and maybe using some of the backgrounds that I created for drawn monoprints or Lino.
Thank you Liz for a truly inspirational day. I highly recommend this workshop.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Deborah,

Lovely working with you again and really appreciate you reviewing your day.

I feel this process has lots of potential for you and I look forward to seeing how this impacts on your textile work; I loved your pieces created with stencils.

Happy printing!
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Judith Walton - - #30275

A very enjoyable and informative workshop in a very safe environment.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Judi,

Lovely to work with you again and thanks for taking the time to review your day.

You created some great pieces - sadly you took them all home!

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Cathy Fagan - - #29672

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,

Thanks for your lovely comments and for spending the day here.

Gel printing is such a lively and reactive process and will take you on lots of lovely new creative journeys and keep you sane over the next few months.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Tricia Hudson - - #29628

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,

Thanks for making time to review your day.

You created some lovely outcomes and I hope you have time to continue exploring the process on fabric.

It will be great to work with you again.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Bob Lake - - #29566

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.

Thank you

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Bob,

Thank you for taking the time to review your day at The Slipper Studio - much appreciated.

It was lovely to work with you and I hope you get some time to explore this new process.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Tracy Revill - - #25122

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.

Really pleased you enjoyed the workshop.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Anonymous - - #24951

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,

Thanks for taking the time to review your day at The Slipper Studio.

Really pleased you enjoyed your day and I feel that exploring 2D work will benefit your felt work in lots of ways.

Lovely meeting and working with you.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course

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.
Highly recommended!

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Andrea,

Thanks so much for your review.

Really pleased that you had productive day and hope this process is one you can continue with.

Good luck with this new phase in your life.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Anne Holloway - - #22743

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.

It was lovely working with you and I appreciated your positivity to my advice and ideas.

Really hope that you can get some new glass pieces underway - I think your new images have lots of potential.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Gill and Jon Spokes - - #22740

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.

So pleased that you returned to The Slipper Studio and had such a good day.

It’s a pleasure working with you both.

Hope you both have time to explore the process further.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

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