Gel Plate Printing - Textiles Workshop

Gel Plate Printing - Textiles Workshop


Taking textiles as our theme we will explore ways of using textiles with the gel plate to make a series of unique monoprints. A gel plate has a slightly squishy surface that releases paint beautifully and is ideal for making quick and easy monoprints. The process is very fast but, be warned, it is also very addictive!

On this workshop we will start by using textiles such as netting, lace, threads and weaving to make monoprints onto paper. In the second part of the workshop we will first look at the types of paint and inks suitable for printing onto fabric and then will print directly onto fabric using leaves, mark making techniques and ‘reverse printing’. There will be lots of ideas and suggestions for projects you can make after the workshop, using your gel plate printed fabrics.

What to bring:


Gel plate – please see important note below

Acrylic paint - 6 to 8 tubes of acrylic paint in your choice of colours. The Pebeo and Hobbycraft brands work well and are a reasonable price. White and metallic paints work very well on black fabric.

Paper - bring about 30 sheets of assorted A4 paper to print on eg white and coloured printer paper, sugar paper, smooth cartridge, black paper. Not glossy photo paper as this sticks to the gel plate!

Fabrics – bring about 20 pieces of fabric to print on, ideally cut to about A4 and ironed. Black and white polycotton works well but you can also bring close weave cotton, sheers, ribbons, lace

Roller (or brayer)

Rigid acrylic sheet (if you have it) approx. 2mm thick, size A4. Janina will have some to lend.

Paint brushes (suitable for use with acrylic paint)

Water jar

Small mixing plate and a stick for mixing

A handful of different threads and yarns eg raffia, hairy wool, string, cotton thread straggles.

A few leaves and grasses from the garden (please avoid dried out leaves, and anything with sharp bits)

Basic drawing kit: pencil, eraser, sharpener

Baby wipes

Baby oil(you inly need a small amount)

Optional items to bring if you have them:

Fabric paints / fabric printing inks, or an acrylic fabric medium to mix with the acrylic paint (Janina will have some for you to try)

or Daler Rowney System 3 Screen Printing Textile Acrylic

Important note on gel plates.

Gel plates will be available to borrow or buy on the day but please contact Janina in advance to reserve (

If you prefer to buy a gel plate in advance then there are two brands recommended by Janina, Gelli Arts and Gel Press, which both work well with acrylic paints. There is a third brand, Speedball, and if you have one of these then you will need to bring Speedball inks, rather than acrylic paints, as the Speedball gel plate has been formulated to work best with Speedball inks.

Janina will also have some extra rollers / brayers for sale as well as some acrylic paint and some A4 acrylic sheets.

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?

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.

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. 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.


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

Suitable for

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