Create with a gel printing plate - mono printing without a press in Hampshire



Join us at our thatched Long Barn in the beautiful Meon Valley, for a day of monoprinting using gel plates.

Gel printing plates are a lively and instant method for creating 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 roller to apply the paint.

You will be guided through a range of gel plate techniques including layering, impressing, creating stencils and exploring masking techniques with leaves and flowers, leaving 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. Your images 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. The more experienced gel plate user will also find lots of opportunities to develop and enhance their skills.

Please bring along your own Gelli Plate; 6 x 6 inch, 5 x 7 inch and 8 x 10 inch plates can be purchased from

The workshop will be delivered by Alison Butler and Liz Wellby: Alison has over 25 years of experience as a textile designer and book illustrator, whilst Liz is an experienced fine artist, teacher and maker, with a particular interest in print.

This workshop is suitable for a range of abilities and creative experiences. Places are limited to just 10.

Please bring along: an apron, your Gelli Plate, any old acrylic paints or favourite coloured acrylics that you would like to use, plus an old magazine to transport wet work home and your lunch.

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?

The workshop will run from 10 - 4pm and costs £95, including most materials and use of equipment; refreshments will be served throughout the day - just bring your lunch.


Alison Butler at Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn

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Whitewool Farm
East Meon
GU32 1HW

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Easter
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Liz Venn - - #37949

Really enjoyed the course and have lots of ideas for further prints. Excellent teaching of group and individual help whether you were a beginner or more advanced. Came home with a whole pile of prints. Liz and Alison are very friendly, kept us well supplied with materials for printing and also hot drinks and nibbles! Barn is in a fabulous setting. A lovely creative day to get away from it all.

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Liz,
Lovely to hear from you and we really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your day.

We are really pleased you enjoyed your day exploring Gel plate prints; you created some great pieces and it was lovely to work with you again.

Happy printing
Best wishes
Alison & Liz

Sonhild Grey - - #35322

The GELLI plate printing workshop with Liz and Alison, both professional artists, was absolutely top notch. Meticulously organised, in a delightful Hampshire countryside setting.
There was plenty of space, copious refreshments and plenty of gentle encouragement, suggestions and individual attention when needed. The GELLI Plate is a fun and accessible medium and I came away with loads of prints, and a HUGE smile. Highly recommended.

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Sonhild ,

Thank you for your feedback .

We are really pleased that you enjoyed the day and came away with lots of prints that you could continue to work on at home , Gelli plate is such a versatile medium suitable for all levels and you produced some Great work . Happy printing !

Best wishes

Alison and Liz

Jeni - - #33195

This is the fourth course I have been on at Art in the Barn and as usual I was not disappointed - it was excellent! Lots of fun, creativity and I’ve come back with lots of prints! The setting is beautiful, there are lots of materials and the course works for all levels and abilities, I can’t recommend them highly enough!

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Hi Jeni,
Thank you for your review, it was really lovely to work with you again.
You produced some great prints and now you can now take the opportunity to develop these further.
We look forward to seeing the results - happy printing!
Best wishes

Alison and Liz

Susie Harries - - #33070

This was an excellent session. It was very clear that our teacher, Liz Wellby has come from a teaching background. Everything was extremely well organised and she stretched everyone to achieve their best, whether they were complete novices or experienced artists. A thoroughly enjoyable day in which I achieved lots of exciting work and I can’t wait to develop the skills I have learnt further. Thanks Liz.

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Susie,

Lovely to see you again and really appreciate you taking the time to do a review.
You produced some great work and we hope that you continue to explore this exciting process.

Best wishes

Alison and Liz

annabel - - #33064

What a lovely day at the barn. Very well organised with hands on (socially distanced of course) instruction , encouragement and advice. The structure was well planned and we were supplied with everything we needed. I forgot my acrylic paint and was able to use theirs which was helpful.
We all went away at the end of the day with a huge amount of prints that we had created.

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Annabel,

Lovely to meet and work with you and hope that you can continue developing your printmaking skills.

We really appreciate you taking the time to review your day and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Best wishes
Alison & Liz

Mary Rowland - - #33054

A totally wonderful day! Excellent and kind tuition, with endless patience. Good advice and suggestions without saying "do it this way."
Lovely setting as well and as soon as you arrive you can't help but feel a sense of well being.

Thank you so much.

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Mary,

We are sat with very large smiles on our faces.

Thank you for your kind words.

Best wishes
Alison & Liz

Oenone Hammersley - - #33048

The gel printing workshop was great fun and very intensive. We learned how to print and mask print also how to make stencils. It was all very interesting and useful for me. Liz and Alison are very friendly and helpful. They make sure that everyone is happy and has when they need. They guide you if it’s needed and serve hot drinks and chocolate biscuits to keep you going. What more could you want!

Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Oenone,
Lovely to see you again, really pleased that you enjoyed the workshop and your day.
We hope it helps develop your painting ideas ; you produced some lovely work.
Best wishes
Alison and Liz

Jayne Towndrow - - #31155

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Response from Blooming Designs - Art in the Barn:

Dear Jayne ,

Feeling slightly overwhelmed!
Thank you for taking the time to review your day in such an in-depth way . It is really appreciated and we raise our well earned G and T’s to you !! Hope to see you on March 2021.
Best wishes Liz and Alison

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