Gel or gelli printing is a type of printmaking that uses a homemade gelatin press or manufactured polymer plate to print monotypes and monoprints. During the workshop you will experiment with natural materials, wax rubbings and printmaking. You will print using a polymer plate, brayer and acrylic paints to create monotype prints and greetings cards.
We will begin the day exploring the grounds nearby to look for suitable natural objects that we can make prints of, including grasses, leaves and petals. We will pay particular attention to the shapes and surface texture of the natural materials. As we return to the workshop studio, you will learn the basics of frottage (wax rubbings) and build up simple compositions and ideas for your prints. We will move onto the polymer plate exploration and create a surface to print from, experimenting with colour, shape, pattern and texture. During this time in the studio, you will have time to learn how to ink up the gel plate, use the brayers (rollers), make interesting textures and patterns on the plate and print a selection of individual prints and cards.
This workshop is perfect for beginners wanting to explore this fun and versatile printmaking technique, no experience necessary.