Grunging the Gelli Print

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Clarissa Callesen
9:00 - 4:30
Tue/Wed May 14-15

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$ 365  

Recently, the Gelli plate has most commonly been used to create collage papers. I want to invite you to rethink the Gelli plate as a tool for creating completed work of arts.

Monoprinting has a very rich history in the art world. Did you know that Gauguin, Picasso, and Degas used their equivalent of a Gelli Plate to create masterpieces? We are very lucky to have the technology of the modern Gelli plate because it allows us to create monoprints without an expensive printing press and toxic inks right in our homes.

I am going to share with you the unique techniques and esthetics that I bring to Gelli printing. Texture and grunge are at the base of all my work. I have spent many hours experimenting in order to recreate the look of peeling paint and ancient textures. Your first day will be exploring and experimenting with a huge range of techniques. You will be creating a foundation of processes and new ways to work with the Gelli plate.

On the second day, we will be exploring mark making, collage, and you will complete at least one finished work of art. You will learn easy techniques to register your plate and allow for multiple printing and layering. Encouraging and supporting creativity is at the base of my teaching. My job is not to tell you “How to make art” but to share techniques and support you in finding your own unique creative voice.

Materials Fee $15 paid at beginning of class includes:

Deli paper
Gel Matte medium
3 types of paper: copy, card stock, and glossy
Other assorted acrylic paints and mediums
Water soluble graphite
Watercolor pens.
Posca pens
Texture tools
Vintage papers

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

• 2 Gelli plates any size or shape

• A brayer

• An assortment of acrylic paints from different manufactures. We are looking to experiment with different qualities of paint: include some cheap craft paints, a transparent paint, a heavy bodied paint, and perhaps that strange paint you don’t know what to do with. Make sure to include a black and white.

• A pad of mixed media paper

• Scissors

• Wet wipes

• A palette and water container

• Your favorite pens or pencils for mark making

• A roll of blue painter’s tape



• Heat gun and extension cord
• Other papers you may want to use for experimenting
• Your favorite texture tools or stamps (I will be providing an assortment for use in class)



• Heat gun and extension cord
• Watercolors or colored ink
• Stamps and ink pads
• A small assortment of beads
stapler and staples 

P.S. No stressing allowed, it is about the creative process, not the specific supplies. Please email if you have any questions.


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