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C279 - Color Combing with Gelli Plate

Taska Sanford
9:00 - 4:30
Wednesday - May 29

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$ 150  

Color Combing is about creating worlds within worlds. Printing patterns, colors, and layers will be your gateway to creating a colorific book. "But wait, PRINTING a book sounds complicated!” you say. Fear not my fellow artists! You will learn all about monoprinting with Gelli Plates. The principles are simple, the tools can be inexpensive as you like and the amount of mesmerizing art you can create is infinite. Everything you need could fit in shoe box.

Monoprinting with Gelli Plates is a new spin on an old printing technique of gelatin printing. You will play with a variety of tools (many found in the kitchen or front yard!) to manipulate acrylic on your own Gelli plate. Then you pull monoprints on a variety of papers. You will learn techniques like chine-colle, faux paste paper, masking, stencil making and so many more.

At the end of the workshop you will combine these pages to create an accordion book with your animal images. This guide book will hold other mini books and hidden pockets and secrets about your animal friend. You will also go home with a stack of amazing papers ready for future projects like collage backgrounds, unique notecards, decoupage, assemblage, and journal pages.

So come out and play. No prior skills needed. By the end of class will become a band of paint slingers and color combers ready to take on the art world!

Materials Fee $ 20 Payable to instructor at beginning of class Includes:
Your own Gelli Plate, paint comb, chipboard covers to make a book, blank stencil
paper, a packet of papers and ephemera to print on, printmaking paper for book
pages, ribbon/twine

Supplies Needed to Bring for Class:
paint brush (.5"-1” wide)
3-5 of your favorite acrylic paints
1 jar or Matte Medium approx. 8 oz
a few disposable cosmetic sponges
Cup for water
Paper towels or rag
2-4 Inkjet or Xerox images of animals for cutting out to make stencils. Images should have an interesting shape for a silhouette. They should be approx. 3”x3”. Make a few
copies of the same size.
Ephemera to add to book (you may want to bring things on a theme to match your Inkjet images
Any extra fun collage additions like glitter, powdered pigments, gel pens, or the like

Optional items:
transparency prints of your chosen animal image
foam/rubber stamps
baby wipes
favorite papers to print on
color shaper tool
xacto knife and cutting mat
heat gun

Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact:

Maria Raleigh



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