Gel Plate Printing and Collage

Gel Plate Printing and Collage


On this workshop we will make some monoprints using the gel plate, with a focus on making prints that can be used in the collage projects later in the day.

The gel plate is a fantastic base for making one off prints. Originally made from gelatine (hence the name) they offer a firm but squishy surface that release acrylic paints beautifully to make very striking prints. There are many different ways of making designs for printing and the process is very fast (and very addictive!) and a great way to build up a stash of collage papers.

We will start with some easy gel plate printing techniques with the aim of building up a collection of papers suitable to be cut up for collage.

Janina will demonstrate a series of collage based projects using these gel printed papers, other decorative papers, washi tape and paint. There will be plenty of time for you to work on your own collages

The projects will include black line collage, chine colle, cut paper collage and the “5 by 5 collage challenge”

What to bring:

Please bring the following tools if you have them, otherwise they can be borrowed on the day.


Gel plate if you have one. Recommended brands are Gel Press or Gelli Arts and Janina’s preferred size of plate is 8” by 12”. If you don’t have a gel plate they can be borrowed on the day.

Roller (or brayer). 4 inches is good for the 8” by 10” plate, but any size will work fine

Brush to apply glue

Old credit card for smoothing down the collages pieces

Baby wipes and kitchen towel

Any images you want to work from. Simple graphic shapes such as flowers or birds work well.

If you have any snippets of decorative paper or washi tape you would like to use please feel free to bring them

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Included on the day:

Any other materials not specified for the students to bring

Expert tuition

1 to 1 guidance

Detailed demonstrations

A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

And of course, you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you would like to share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them, so you can share this on social media and tag us.

Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If having booked, you can no longer attend, we are unable to offer a refund or transfer you to another workshop. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

Level: Beginners

Number of students: 10


Lauren Millbank at Micklems Farm Creative Workshops


Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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