Gel Plate Printing - Inspired by Nature

Gel Plate Printing - Inspired by Nature


Taking nature as our theme we will make a series of monoprints using several different techniques with an overall theme of nature. Be warned gel plate printing is very addictive and once you get started it’s hard to stop!

Gel plates are a unique slightly squishy surface which is fantastic for making one off prints. This is a companion workshop to the Gel Plate printing 1 Intro Techniques, but is completely standalone, and the workshops can be taken in any order.

The techniques in this workshop will include:

Printing with leaves, vegetables and feathers

Printing with stamps and stencils

Paper cut masks

What to bring:


Gel plate (see note below)

Acrylic paint - 6 to 8 tubes of acrylic paint in your choice of colours. Pebeo and Hobbycraft own brands work well and are a reasonable price, approx. £2 to £4 per tube. Note - dried up old paint does not work!

Paper - bring about 50 sheets of assorted A4 paper eg white and coloured printer paper, sugar paper, smooth (not textured) cartridge, perhaps some old maps or music paper to print on. Note - glossy photo paper does not work.

Roller (or brayer)

Basic drawing kit: pencil, eraser, sharpener

Tools for cutting out stencils: cutting mat, craft knife, scissors

Baby wipes

Kitchen roll

A handful of leaves and grasses from your garden. Fresh (not dried) plants work best, and nothing with thorns or spikes

Any nature related images you would like to work from eg leaves, seed pods, tree shapes, birds

Optional: Any previous gel plate prints you have already made and would like to work on top of

If you don’t have a gel plate there will be a few available to borrow on the day, and Janina will bring some extra gel plates for purchase as required. If you are interested in either of these two options please contact Janina in advance to reserve.

There is a cover charge of £3 to cover other materials used on the day (acrylic mediums, additional papers, card, use of stamps and stencils)

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 share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us on social media.

Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us. 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 and up

Number of students: 10


Lauren Millbank at Micklems Farm Creative Workshops
Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


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

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