Gelli Plate Printing Workshop by Clare Cosens



This workshop runs regularly throughout the year on a Saturday morning. Friday’s are also available for group bookings. Please enquire for alternative dates.

Monoprinting using a Gelli Plate is simple and fun without the need for a printing press. The gratification is immediate, each print is truly unique.

During this workshop you will explore a variety of Gelli Plate Printing techniques. You will experiment with layering colour and texture using stencils and masking techniques.

You will leave this workshop having produced a variety of prints that stand alone or can be developed further in mixed media projects.

This workshop is taught by Clare Cosens, who is a surface pattern designer and fully qualified teacher. This workshop takes place at Clare's studio, numbers are limited to four people to ensure each person gets the individual attention they require.

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?

All materials are provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied.


Clare Cosens at Clare Cosens Designs

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39 Fern Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 6PA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 hours (10:30am to 12:30pm)

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Rachel S - - #37752

Thank you Clare for a brilliant workshop. I really enjoyed the morning learning about how to print with Gelli plates. I’d not heard of this until I saw the workshop advertised and thought I’d give it a go and was not disappointed.
All materials included, good choice of paint colours and plenty of paper to make prints on. Clare has good knowledge of this method and explains techniques well offering suggestions when needed to help you create good images.
Many thanks Clare.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Many thanks for your kind words. I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed learning a new printing technique and look forward to working with you to develop these further during our mixed media workshop.

Barbara - - #37793

Clare was very welcoming and personable. She organised the workshop very well with clear instructions delivered with a sense of humour. Clare gave us lots of helpful tips that wouldn’t have been picked up through online videos. She was also supportive and positive in her approach and I thoroughly recommend this workshop.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you for taking the time to review my workshop. I’m glad you enjoyed the workshop and picked up some helpful tips along the way.

Michelle & Jan - - #37749

We attended the Gelli Plate Printing course today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Clare was very knowledgable and enthusiastic, sharing lots of tips and tricks to perfect our pieces. There were plenty of resources available to inspire our imaginations and Clare was very supportive, offering individual guidance if needed. We came away with some beautiful pieces and immediately booked onto her next mixed media course.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you for your kind words. I’m really pleased that you both enjoyed the Gelli Plate printing workshop and I’m looking forward to meeting you again soon for the mixed media workshop.

Judith - - #37688

I really enjoyed learning about gelli printing with Clare on this workshop. The time flew by experimenting with different textures and colours and I came away with some lovely papers and inspired to try more. I would recommend this workshop, as Clare was an excellent tutor.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the workshop. I loved the pattern and texture your lace made. Thank you for posting your fantastic prints on your social media accounts, they looked amazing.

Helen - - #37601

Brilliant morning learning this printing technique with Clare! I immediately felt at ease even though I was a complete novice at Gelli Plate Printing as Clare went out of her way to explain the process and repeat anything we hadn't grasped at first. I can highly recommend this workshop, thank you Clare.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you for recommending my workshop. I’m really pleased you felt at ease and enjoyed learning a new technique.

Rachel - - #37594

I completed the Gelli Plate Printing course with Clare yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A relaxed and fun atmosphere, great tuition & a generous supply of materials. Clare was very patient with me as I gained confidence with the technique. Can highly recommend!

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Many thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I’m glad you enjoyed the workshop followed by your afternoon at the garden centre.

Rebecca - - #36999

Very good, practical course. Clare is patient and kind, listens carefully to what you want to achieve and gives excellent guidance. Really enjoyed it.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

I’m really glad that you enjoyed the Gelli Plate printing workshop. Many thanks for your kind words.
Hope to see you again soon

Anne H - - #37000

I attended the course with my daughter. Clare made us feel very welcome and relaxed immediately. She was a very enthusiastic and helpful teacher who made the process very easy and straightforward to follow, as well as explaining the potential variations and ways of developing the technique. We were hands on with tools and equipment quickly and came away with some really lovely prints. We also came out Fired up to try out gelli printing at home - we’ve bought the recommended equipment and have set it up to have a go next weekend - my daughter is enthused to produce and sell her own prints locally as notecards and postcards. Thankyou Clare for a fab morning ( and a happy, creative teen)

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

I’m so pleased you both enjoyed the Gelli Plate printing workshop. Have a great weekend printing - I would love to see your results.
Happy printing!

Irene Jones - - #35402

The gelli printing workshop was really informative and enjoyable. The various techniques were clearly explained and demonstrated and Clare gave lots of support and advice when we tried the techniques ourselves. The workshop was well structured and also a lot of fun.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

So pleased you had fun Irene. It was a truly enjoyable day, with so many fantastic results!

Rachel Davies - - #35401

This is my 4th workshop with Clare! I've enjoyed them so much. As always Clare sets up the workshop to progress through the lovely techniques seamlessly and ensuring that you have wonderful results to bring away. She supplied everything and added extra surprises this time as she knew I was repeating techniques. So I'm thrilled to have developed the transfer printing which worked so well and looked so unique. This is a perfect workshop to go to with a friend than go out for lunch! But equally, as it's a small number we all work around one table so if you were to go alone you would feel included. Thank you, Clare, I loved every minute.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you for continuing to support my little business. I am really pleased I was able to show you new techniques even though you have attended this workshop many times before. Your image transfer prints look fantastic and I love the mixed media techniques you have used to develop these further.

Helen Smith - - #35384

Clare gave us an excellent and inspiring workshop day, demonstrating the techniques very clearly. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am buzzing with ideas of things to try now!

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

I’m really pleased you enjoyed our Gelli plate printing workshop. Have fun exploring your ideas - happy printing!

Shiralea Coldicott - - #35377

Clare delivered a full day workshop. She is clear, gives good instruction, provides examp,es, and is generous in sharing her techniques. Do this course if you want to dive into the never ending possibilities of gelli plate printing! Course is Cheap as chips too!

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you for taking the time to review my workshop. You are right, there is a never ending range of possibilities when it comes to Gelli Plate Printing - that’s why I love it!

Jane - - #35393

Just completed a day workshop with Clare. We are a group of artists with a range of knowledge about printing techniques. Clare pitched the day just right, was fantastic and there was a real focus and concentration as we got hands on. The day was brilliant and we had some amazing results. Would highly recommend

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Many thanks for your kind words Jane. I’m really pleased that you had a good day. I agree, there was some amazing results! It was great to see how each of you developed your printing techniques to create such unique and individual results.

Susan Archer - - #35373

I had a great day on Clare 's Gelli printing workshop. She explained everything very well and provided us with some lovely items for us to experiment with. I am definitely going to continue as I achieved a few good prints and want to cary on. Thank you Clare.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Many thanks for taking the time to review my workshop. I’m pleased you enjoyed the workshop, happy printing!

Kirsty Archer - - #35364

A really enjoyable course exploring gelli printing which i'd never tried before. Clare explained everything clearly and provided lots of resources for us to experiment with. I came home with some pleasing prints and Its definitely given me the bug now to do more! Thank you Clare!

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Many thanks for taking the time to review my workshop. I’m really pleased you enjoyed the workshop. Your prints were great, your image transfer prints were amazing!

Midge Murray - - #35372

This was something completely new and Clare explained everything brilliantly so maximum success could be achieved. She was encouraging and enthusiastic. I had the most amazing time and will definitely be doing more. Clare really knows her stuff and her own work is just gorgeous.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Thank you so much for your kind works, it really means a lot. I am really pleased you had an amazing time. There were so many fantastic prints and all so unique. I had a great day!

Jackie - - #35169

Loved the gelli plate printing workshop. Good fun and I learned lots. Clare was an excellent teacher, gave clear instructions and was generous with her knowledge. The small group meant we got lots of individual attention, support and advice throughout the session. My group was of mixed abilities ranging from complete beginners (me) to an art professional and we all enjoyed it equally. The materials supplied were of good quality. I left the session able to do the basic techniques on my own. I enjoyed it so much I immediately booked onto another workshop with Clare to learn more plate printing ideas and techniques. Thank you Clare.

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

I’m really pleased that you enjoyed the workshop. Your prints looked fab, I particularly liked your negative prints with the Agapanthus.
I look forward to meeting you again in the near future.

Natalie - - #35124

I am so glad I found Clare and her workshops. It made the perfect gift for my mum and we had a lovely morning experimenting and getting creative! Clare is a fantastic teacher, her demonstrations were integral to learning the process and really informative. You don’t need any prior skills just some enthusiasm and the ability to play! We are already planning when we can return for the lampshade workshop. I’m so excited to share this printing technique with my A Level students :) leaving feeling very inspired thanks to Clare and her wonderful work!

Response from Clare Cosens Designs:

Hi Natalie,
Many thanks for kind words. I’m really glad you both enjoyed the workshop. I hope to see you both again soon.
Many thanks,
Clare x

Julie - - #28765

This gelli plate course is an absolute must for anyone interested in learning about the craft. Clare is so welcoming and explains the process very clearly. She offers excellent advice and encouragement, so it was perfect for beginners like me! I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it. Thank you Clare for a most enjoyable morning! See you again soon! 

Hayley MATTHEWS - - #28605

I attended the gelli print course this morning, loved every minute of it. Clare certainly knows her stuff and explains each part of the process. Amazing value for money and I will certainly book another course with Clare..

Julia Berkin - - #28671

What a great way to spend a Saturday morning, learning a new skill with a small friendly group. Clare is an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher, and soon got us up to speed with the various techniques of Gelli plate printing, with plenty of tips on how to make your own stencils, from bits around the home & garden. I was amazed how quickly the group started to produce different styled prints. It was great to be able to experiment with different paints and techniques, with Clare on hand to help. I would definitely recommend this course & would love to attend again.

Julia - - #28186

I enjoyed Clare's printing course very much. She demonstrated the technique really clearly and had a good range of resources on hand for participants to use when creating their prints. The 2 hours went quickly and the course provided me with the knowledge and inspiration to continue using the technique at home. Thanks Clare.

Lara - - #25154

Attended a two hour Saturday workshop in Clare’s lovely studio, Clare made us welcome straight away and we got stuck into making our own prints. The two hours went by very quickly and the time was well structured with lots of chance to practice and ask questions. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who enjoys trying out a new activity and Clare was a great teacher.

Lesley - - #24956

Thoroughly enjoyable course. Claire is an excellent teacher/host. This is the 2nd course I have attended and will not be the last

Jude Mac - - #23662

I enjoyed the workshop very much. Claire made it look quite easy, but I soon realised that although the technique is simple there are lots of ways to experiment to get different results. It was very inspiring and I’m going to buy a gelli plate to carry on practicing at home.

Zoe Collar - - #23654

A fab little workshop, everything explained really clearly before hand and then we were allowed to jump right in and create our own prints, with Clare on hand to support with tips and advice. I learnt so much on the day and really enjoyed it, if you are thinking of giving it a go I can highly recommend this course, great value and super fun.

Rachel Davies - - #23650

Well this was my 3rd time on the gelli printing! That's because I think its a perfect gift, and I brought my Mum in law for her 80th and then brought my sister for her 50th. We've all enjoyed it so much in her pretty studio.Two hours is just right, with constant tea and buiscuits.You don't need to be able to draw, its all really easy, but Clare shows you how to lay things out and mix colours that look amazing.I've now got loads of papers for collaging with, stuff to make tags and birthday cards with and I've framed my best one! Thankyou Clare.

Nancy Sexton - - #23651

The instructions were clear and concise. The space was perfect for this size class. The materials provided were adequate and the hints about finding further art supplies were helpful. Clare is a good teacher and the course is fun. Nice to walk away with pieces of art that can be improved upon or used in other ways.

Louise - - #23177

Thank you so much for the very enjoyable workshop last Saturday. It was brilliant and I have told all my friends.

Rachel Davies - - #23021

Well it's my second visit, which says it all, and I've planned another for next month because Clare's workshops make great gifts!
We've had a lovely morning and have tons of gorgeous prints on heavy paper, tissue and today we even tried some fabric. I plan to work into them now in sketchbooks.
You don't need to be an art teacher to love this workshop, but its also great CPD for getting ideas for schools projects.

Brenda Hunt - - #23031

Your course was bought for me as a birthday present and was a most enjoyable morning. Your set up is very pleasant, light and airy and you explained the craft very well and were very encouraging. Thank you.

Petra Griffiths - - #22736

First time trying Gelli plating and found Claire exceptional in her explanation of the craft. Everything you needed was to hand and Claire suggested different ways of doing things as we went along. Tea and biscuits were offered as well. Great time and would love to continue with Gelli plating.

Pauline - - #22359

Thank you Clare for a really excellent Gelli printing morning.
Clare is an excellent tutor with lots of great tips to make sure you have a fabulous experience.
I would certainly go again. Lovely relaxed atmosphere.

Rachel Davies - - #22341

I had an absolutely lovely morning on Clare's really great little course. Clare is an excellent teacher - really creative with lots of advice and ideas, I would definitely recommend her courses. Very relaxed atmosphere in Clare's little garage studio - with tea and biscuits too!
The time went so fast, but Clare made sure we timed everything and ended with lovely prints. I've enjoyed it so much that I've booked to take my sister now for her 50th birthday and my Mum in law for her 80th. You don't need to be able to draw, just enjoy being creative.

Andrea moseley - - #20781

A comprehensive guide to this technique of printing. A most enjoyable morning.

Kathy - - #20774

Great 2 hour workshop! Clare explained everything step by step. Thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with the Gelli Plate, stencils, acrylic paints, ferns and leaves! Thank you Clare.

Denise Smith - - #19626

Yet another amazing workshop done by Clare. I did my first Geliprint workshop about 8 months ago, and couldn’t wait to do another. I wasn’t disappointed , I had a better idea of what to expect this time and took a few things with me to try. Clare was as supportive and talented as ever a I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours- I could have stayed all day.... I have booked for the multimedia workshop in a few weeks time and can’t wait to see what I can do with the prints I did this week. Thank you Clare- I would thoroughly reccomend your workshops to any one, who wants to extend their creative talents, or just spend a few fun hours trying something different. Denise

Alison Carys - - #19620

This was my first art/craft course ever and I had no idea what to expect. Clare was welcoming and explained everything really clearly so I felt at ease straight away. I absolutely loved the morning - had a really good time experimenting and loved the prints I came away with-and want to go on the course all over again!

Susan MacKell - - #19296

Really great little course - spent a lovely couple of hours learning a new printing technique and achieving great results in a short time. Clare is an excellent teacher - really creative with lots of advice and ideas, would definitely recommend her courses. Very relaxed atmosphere in Clare's little garage studio - with tea and biscuits too! I would have liked to have spent at least another hour on the course to get more prints done, but have already ordered a Gelli plate so i can carry on printing at home,

Lucie Mulvaney - - #19279

Had a lovely morning with Clare doing Gelli printing. She was excellent at explaining everything and giving help along the way and we all made some lovely prints that can be framed and all were eager to do more. The workshop was lovely and it was very relaxing and great fun!

Pat Daniels - - #18308

I attended the Gelli printing course on Saturday. I’m a complete novice with anything arty, but Clare provided plenty of information and inspiration. It was a relaxing, friendly environment. Really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to practising the techniques. Thanks Clare!

Pat T - - #18269

Had a great Saturday morning enjoying a Gelli plate printing class. A small group meant that the tutor Clare was able to give us all individual attention. We all produced some wonderful pieces. Very relaxed atmosphere which enabled us all to tap into our "creative" side. Definitely recommend.

Louise - - #15874

Had a fantastic morning with Clare learning about Gelli plate printing. Thoroughly enjoyed it and completely recommend it even if you don’t consider yourself as particularly “arty”. I came away with with some excellent work. Thanks Clare 😁

Shiralea - - #15870

Great little course, intridincing you to gelli printing techniques, well worth going. Thanks Clare for a creative morning.

Joanna - - #14904

This was a very good workshop. Clare was organised, gave clear instructions and was very supportive. The small group setting meant that everyone got support and encouragement. I have come away wanting to do more and feeling inspired.

Sarah Lynch - - #14899

Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent course. Clare made us feel very welcome and relaxed from the start, as neither of us had ever tried this exciting printing technique. She is a very capable teacher, didn't feel intimidated once. We created quite a few prints, and left feeling really inspired, and keen to do more. Definitely worth the money, with refreshments and all materials included.

Denise Smith - - #14886

Had a great time on this workshop today. Had no idea what Gelli Plate Printing would entail, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Clare explained everything very clearly and made every one feel at ease and comfortable in her lovely workshop.
All material was provided and Clare was on hand for those needing extra help and ideas.
I came away having learnt a new skill and have every intention of booking another as I enjoyed it so much. I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone crafty or creative- Clare has excellent teaching skills and was very encouraging throughout. Mixed media course has to be a follow up for me too.
Had a superb time, thank you Clare

Mary Davies - - #14509

This is a very interesting course especially if you like messy craft. Clare is an excellent tutor and enabled us all to take home several prints we could be proud of. Looking forward to building on this experience with the mixed media class. Tea and biscuits provided too !

Carole McWilliams - - #14491

Two hours disappeared in a flash on this fascinating course. Clare is an extremely talented and inspirational tutor who doesn’t mind answering endless questions. Would have no hesitation in recommending this excellent value course to complete beginners (like me!) or those with more experience. Can’t wait to get my own plate and start experimenting whilst waiting to go on the next course.

Emma Griffiths-Brown - - #13537

We attended this course yesterday (10/03/18) and from the outset it was excellent. Clare explained the process, demonstrated each step, gave guidance and suggestions when needed and provided tea and very delicious biscuits. We came away having learnt a new skill and with several prints. I would definitely recommend this course if you fancy trying something new. It was all carried out in Clare’s workshop with three other crafty folks. Now need to book myself into the follow on course so I can add to the prints I made.

Michael Allen - - #13553

A fun, relaxed and engaging beginners' workshop that I will definitely be recommending. Clare is a great tutor, very encouraging and makes you feel very at home.

Pam Wright - - #13480

4 of us attended this course today and we absolutely loved it! Clare is a fantastic teacher who carefully explained the techniques and guided us through the process so that we were all delighted with our finished pieces. We all agreed that the course is great value and we can’t wait to return for the mixed media follow up course .

Sue Cochrane - - #13247

This was a fun course with instant results. We all produced about 5 prints in the 2 hours. It was interesting to see how different everyone's prints turned out. Clare was a great teacher, very encouraging helping us all to get the best out of this printing technique. I plan to do the mixed media course at some time in the future.

Emma Alviti - - #13236

I bought this workshop as a Christmas present for my mum and we both really enjoyed it. It's a great experimental workshop with instant results and it's quite messy! Clare was a great teacher and was very patient with us. We might try Clare's lampshade course next.

Tiffany - - #12705

What a wonderful workshop. Clare is brilliant (and very patient!). She showed us the various techniques we could use and then we each had a separate Gelli Plate to play with with lots of different materials. Clare helped each of us to refine our prints so we not only played with designs but learnt a lot too. I have now got myself a Gelli Plate and am loving implementing what I have learnt onto mixed media and journal designs. Thanks Clare!

Amanda Flewitt - - #11181

I had such a great day, really relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a beautiful studio...... I want one like that :-) This is an amazing course I would say for both beginners or advanced crafty people. For me having such a busy life it was lovely to have a destress and be able to be creative for the day. I will definitely be coming back and think I might buy my friend a voucher for Christmas too xxxx

Stephanie Johnstone - - #11178

Clare is amazing, known her for many years. Wasn’t really sure what Gelli Plate Printing was but it sounded interesting. Clare made everyone feel comfortable and demonstrated as she explained the process. I would definitely recommend this course and is definitely worth the money. I would love to do this course again! :)
Oh and Clare makes an excellent brew with biscuits :)

Lauren Ann Jones - - #11176

Clare was an excellent tutor and made me feel really comfortable and encouraging. I had never come across gelli printing before and came to love the technique,Clare explained what to do clearly and there was lots of materials for me to create a number of prints. This course is definitely worth the money and I came away feeling really creative and I'd definitely do the course again.

Ruth Cullis - - #11177

Had a lovely couple of hours in a cosy light and airy workshop and was amazed at how quickly I and the others in the group produced quality work, Its a fascinating process well taught by a qualified tutor who encouraged us to experiment with colour textures and other techniques, tea and biscuits provided, and I came home with a folder full of work that I was proud of. I would highly recommend this workshop.

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