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Gelli Plate Printmaking - An Introduction & Creating Imagined Landscapes.  

Haddenham Arts Centre, Near Ely, Cambridgeshire.

(Please see Additional Information Section for Further Details)

A maximum of 8 participants to allow for plenty of individual guidance.


In this creative workshop you will learn the basics of creating simple monotypes (individual unique prints) using a gelli plate, brayer/roller and acrylic paints. It is an ideal opportunity for beginners to learn this wonderful printing method, but is also suitable for those who want to extend their skills and confidence. No drawing skills are necessary for this process or workshop. Just your imagination!


You will be using this simple printmaking process to create a number of small and medium sized landscape artworks that simply suggest a sense of place, whether it be sea and sky, mountains or fields and trees, in day or at night, in sunshine or rain. 


•    09.50 Coffee/Tea and Biscuits
•    10.00 Prompt Start
•    13.00 Lunch Break
•    15.45 Finish


We will start with a basic introduction to tools and techniques and a demonstration to give you an overview of the potential creative fun and flexibility of this wonderful method of mono printing. I will have plenty of examples on hand for reference and inspiration. 


We will discuss colour combinations and colour confidence and I will guide you on how to mix paint colours, before you begin printmaking to create different patterns and textures on different papers. 


Building on your skills you will learn how to make and use your own simple hand cut or torn stencils to help gain an understanding of how to layer and print different colours to build a single image. I will help you recognise the potential of combining elements from one of more prints, using collage to create a single 'Imagined Landscape'.


The gelli plate lends itself to creative play and experimentation and it is this relaxed and spontaneous approach that often leads to the happiest and most unexpected results. You will discover the prints themselves often ’tell you’ how they want to be used!


We will also discuss mounting and framing your work. Creating your own painted and distressed frame to complement your artwork is a unique way to present it and turn it into a lovely gift. 

*Note: An exhibition of my embroidered paper collages will be on show at Haddenham Arts Centre at the time of this workshop and for the remainder of July 2024. Many of my artworks feature hand printed papers using the method of gelli plate printmaking. 

WORKSHOP - Gelli Plate Printmaking, 'Imagined Landscapes'.


The workshop itself will take place in a spacious light filled room at Haddenham Arts Centre just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire. There is also a lovely gallery selling handmade work by local artists and a small gift shop. An on site cafe will be open where you are able to purchase light lunches, drinks and homemade cakes and workshop participants receive a 10% discount on the day of the workshop. There is outside garden seating and you are welcome to bring a packed lunch. 

Haddenham Arts Centre   20 High Street   Haddenham   Cambridgeshire   CB6 3XA

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