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I have developed my practice using the Gelli Plate to enable me to combine my mixed media painting style with a method of printmaking without the need for a huge printing press.
I have broken down the steps for you that are involved in creating the layered botanical paintings that I produce.
My aim is to show you how to use the gelli plate as a tool in your art kit that will enhance your designs.
"Susan explains the process very clearly and gets you to go beyond what you think possible. I loved the course and the beautiful work that Susan does. It's a step-by-step process and you can always go back and keep trying it until you are happy with the results and Susan is always there to help and give advice - Felicity Prazak"
Rated 5 out of 5
"Absolutely loved and enjoyed Susan’s Botanical Gelli Printing course! I learned so much and Susan’s course has taken me to a new level! Please do more and publish books! Thank you! -
Rated 5 out of 5
Let's have a look at what you will learn in over 6 hours of content in the "Botanical Gelli Printing" Online Course.
Lesson 1 Create background layers - 46mins
In this first lesson I will show you some basic techniques to create some background layers on different types of papers that you can use as a base for your finished designs and for collage elements.
You will learn some new markmaking techniques, how to cut masks and how to build up colours cohesively.
Lesson 4 Botanical overlay with tissue paper - 30 mins
We will learn how to combine fine detailed prints on tissue paper in this lesson, with our layered painted backgrounds on mountboard. I will also show you how to enhance your botanical printed element by using acrylic paint blending techniques and use of stencils to complete the design.
"This lesson has been particularly helpful to me. I get stuck very regularly and don't know where to go or even what steps to take to start to figure it out.
Having access to your thinking process, to what you tried and then erased, to the incremental stages of trying and keeping -- this is exactly what I have needed to learn. Even the places where you were just thinking, uncertain, tapping your finger: this was helpful to see (especially when you told us what you were thinking).
Many thanks. :) - Laura Steckley"
Lesson 6 Creating Collagraph Plates - 33 mins
Learn own to create your own botanical collagraph plates using mountboard. I will take you into my garden to look at the plants that are around us to inspire the sketches that lead to the final designs. Watch me work in my sketchbook and then simplify the drawings to create templates to use for our prints.
Lesson 9 How to glue your finished prints to a substrate - 55mins
There is a lot going on in this final lesson! You will learn many different ways to use your gelli prints, how to adhere them to wooden panels and canvas. How to embellish those prints with stencils, modelling paste and pen details. How to varnish your finished designs to protect them.
Bonus lesson Bookmark designs - 32 mins
I love to make these bookmarks, to give as gifts or for my market days. They are a great way to use up offcuts from my paintings or gelli printed backgrounds attached to mountboard. I will show you how to use stencils and pen details to layer on top of your backgrounds to create a unique minature artwork.
Supply list for botanical gel printing
Do I need to buy everything on the list?
Here are the supplies used in the course. This is a mixed media course so the supplies are quite extensive. I would encourage you to use what you have to hand before rushing out to buy everything on this list. I will put an asterisk * next to essential supplies.
When I buy art supplies I like to shop around to find the best deals, use vouchers or special offers when I can. Some of the suppliers I use are Amazon, Hobbycraft, Jackson’s Art Supplies and The Range and ebay.
Many of the items can be substituted to a brand from your own country which works out to be more cost effective.
There are lots of different brands of gel plates but the type I use is Gel Press. They come in various sizes, 5x7” is a great size to get started with but if you go for a bigger size you can always mask off areas with a sheet of paper if you want to print a smaller area.
Brayer or (roller)*
Ideally the brayer should be the same width as the plate if you want a smooth print with no lines. However it is possible to cover the whole plate with a smaller roller. It’s best to have a few so you can switch between colours, but one medium sized roller is good to get you started. A 10cm width one is fine to get started.
Any acrylic paints or acrylic paint pens will work on the gel plate. I use whatever I have to hand and tend to buy colours in single tubes of the colours I like rather than big packs unless they are on a really good offer.
The colours I use in the class are as follows:
Pebeo Studio acrylics: White gessoHobbycraft UK : Pale green, Rose Gold, Pebeo Studio Acrylics: Rose fluorescent, Iridescent blue green, Iridescent gold, Iridescent green yellow, Iridescent orange, Paynes grey, Yellow ochre, Burnt sienna. Daler rowney graduate: Phthalo turquoise, Raw umber, Naples yellow, Black, titanium white, copper. Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic: Phthalo blue, Green gold. Liquitex: Prussian blue
The papers I use are wet strength, acid free tissue paper. If you use the tissue paper as collage in a painting you sell, it won’t discolour with age. A lot of people use deli paper, this will work like tissue paper but it is not acid free.
Regular photocopy paper, A3 thin sketchbook paper, old book pages, cartridge paper 170gsm. Basically any paper you have lying around is fine! Magazines for image transfer.
Carbon Paper: For transferring designs
Mount Board:* This is for the layered painting background and also used for collographs and bookmarks. 2 x A1 student grade mount board sheets required.
Mark making tools*
Corrugated cardboard, lego board, jute, toilet roll tubes, bubble wrap, plastic comb, bottle lids, lace, silicon mark making tools, cotton buds, cling film, non-slip mat for shelves, silicon baking tools, homemade stencils, stamps, paper masks. No sharp objects on the gelli plate, metal tools can be used on the mount board though.
Pre-bought stencils and sequin waste. I buy my stencils on Amazon or ebay. Search “Botanical Stencil” or “leaf” this should show stencils in this style. One of the brands I like is Sweet Dixie on Amazon. The sponges I use are Snazaroo face paint ones that I cut in half to have more precision.
Coloured pencils, woody stabilo, neocolor pastels
Scissors, craft knife, metal ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat
My favourite brushes are acrylic brushes that are quite stiff as they are better for blending paint. Watercolour brushes tend to be softer. A shader/flat brush selection pack of sizes is great to get started, I also like a filbert and a round brush tip in various sizes.
I use a pallet knife to apply modelling paste, the metal ones are more flexible and I prefer these to the plastic ones. You could use an old credit card though or glue stick. I also use a catalyst wedge to spread paint but this is an optional extra. (Cake bowl scrapers will work too!)
Water spray bottle*
You can recycle an old spray bottle, take the old label off and wash carefully.
Baby wipes, kitchen towel, disposable gloves (optional)
Acrylic mediums and Glue
Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Mediums. Matt medium * Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Mediums. Gloss mediumWinsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Mediums. Modelling paste,Winsor & Newton Artist acrylic: Matt UV varnish, Winsor & Newton Professional: Fixative, Liquitex, Professional: Matte gel*
Glue stick: Any brand*
Hole punch, bookmark tassels (from Amazon), cellophane sleeves 45mm x165mm + 30mm self seal lip (Etsy Supplier) - optional
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All my courses are hosted on a platform called Thinkific. You have to make an account with a the password in order to pay and to sign up for the course. Don’t forget your password, you will need it every time you want to sign in to the class.
- Why is the course only available to purchase in USD
The teaching platform that I host my courses on is called Thinkifik, they only allow for 1 currency option. I decided to opt for USD as my students are worldwide. If you are from the UK for instance, after you pay for the course the money will come out of your bank account in your currency i.e sterling.
- When does the course start and finish?
The course is an instant access class. You will be provided with access to all content immediately and can work through the content at your own pace.
- How do your online classes work?
The workshops are e-courses, hosted online, and members get an individual, private account to access all their classes.
All e-courses are self-study and self-paced. Paid classes have lifetime access (as per our terms of service, "lifetime" means for as long as our business is up and running). The videos are all prerecorded, so you can watch them whenever you want, and as many times as you wish. You may keep all content. Some videos are downloadable.
- What if I am unhappy with the course?
Once you are enrolled in the course I am unable to offer a refund. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions about the course prior to signing up.
- What level is this course suitable for?
It is suitable for any one who wants to learn more about my mixed media art process. The combination of mixed media techniques will appeal to the beginner and more advance artist looking to broaden their range of skills. I encourage you to play, practise, explore and give yourself time to learn.
- Do I need high speed internet for the course?
Yes, you will need a good internet connection to view and/or download the video content for this course.
- Will there be an online community for this course?
Yes, I encourage you to share all your questions and beautiful work in the private Facebook group You can also post your work on instagram, using the #susanmccreevyartist.
- Once I sign up, how do I get my login details?
You will have to create an account on my hosting platform Thinkific. Once you have created your account, you pay for the class and have direct access if the classroom is already open. Take a note of the email address and your password so you don't forget them for your account, you will use this to sign in for your class.
- How long will the class and videos be available? Are the videos downloadable?
You get lifetime access to the classroom and videos. "Lifetime" technically means for as long as my business is up and running. You can watch the videos within the classroom as many times as you wish and the some of the videos are downloadable. Make sure that your internet connection allows you to smoothly stream high resolution videos online. Refunds will not be made after registration.
- Does your course offer CC’s or Subtitles?
This course is filmed in English and I am unable to offer subtitles in a foreign language or closed captions for hearing impaired customers.
- Do you do refunds?
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