About the Course
Gel printing plates are a lively and instant product to create monoprints, with 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 her home studio, The Slipper Studio. The venue is beautifully presented with handcrafted workbenches and a wood burner, with views 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 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 week days or weekends, should you wish to book 2 or more places for friends and family, costing £65 person for 3 or more participants or £75 per person for 2 people.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The workshop runs from 10 - 4pm, with places limited to just 5, costing £65, including: most materials and equipment*, with refreshments served throughout the day; 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 contact me for details.
Slippers are optional.
Please use the contact form if you have any questions or wish to book your place.
Loved the course. Whilst only an enthusiastic amateur I was really pleased with the way my skills improved
Tracy Revill - - #25122
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
Jo Heron - - #24951
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.
ANDREA GAYE HYTCH - - #24825
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.
Anne Holloway - - #22743
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.
Gill and Jon Spokes - - #22740
Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:Wow! Thank you for your review.
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