Watercolor Prints with a Gelli Plate Workshop


Wed., OCTOBER 29  9:30 – 2:30
Watercolor Prints with a Gelli Plate
with Sharon Giles – $45 partial day

Most artists use acrylics for printmaking with a Gelli Plate, but Sharon will reveal to you her watercolor secrets. You’ll produce wonderful, glowing results, intense color, and many prints — even newbies! We’ll also explore the use of masks, stencils, stamps and other texture tools. In this class, go ‘beyond basic printing’ by making simple masks, doing’ a ‘two-stage print’ for a ‘finished’ look, and a ‘direct painting print’ over a photo.

Teacher will supply: paper plates, deli paper, cardstock for making masks, stencils, stamps, texture tools, etc.

Please bring: a pad of 9 x 12″ watercolor paper, 4 to 6 tubes of watercolors (wc pans do not work), old credit card, wc brushes, paper towels, photos. Also, a Gelli Plate, brayer, hair dryer if you have them (or you can borrow).


Held at Sparks Studio of Creative Arts, 509 W. Main St., Arlington TX 76010 SparksStudioArt.com

Register at http://www.sparksstudioart.com/class-details.htm



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2 thoughts on “Watercolor Prints with a Gelli Plate Workshop”

  1. Hi there Sharon
    oh how I wish I could attend your printmaking workshop using watercolour on a gelatin plate. Alas I live far far away from you. It’s something that eludes me.
    Please would you consider getting in touch with me by email? as there must be a particular approach to making this process work. Perhaps one adds something to the watercolour to help it settle onto the gelatin plate surface? I do hope you can spare me a few minutes. I so admire some of your gelatin prints…….. oh and congratulations on your recent awards – isn’t it great when ones capabilities are recognized. I got an award recently which sure cheered me up. best wishes

    Aine (based in UK)

    1. Aline,

      If you’re using the silicone Gelli Plate, water will bead up on the surface, so you need to change the surface tension of the water. You can use a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, alcohol, or watercolor medium added to the paint or even the brush water — any wetting agent that won’t damage the paints or paper. Experiment to get the right amount. Because pressing paper to the plate will spread a wet paint area, a better option IMO is to use watercolor paints without adding water. It sounds expensive but you’ll get several vibrant ghost prints off it. In my experience the homemade plates that are made with gelatin & glycerin don’t need the wetting agents as much — maybe because they contain water.

      p.s. I’ve started following your blog.

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