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Gel Plate Printing with Handmade Mandala Stencil

October 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hand cut mandala stencil print using gel plate

This workshop is being taught through PaperWorks in Tucson.

Sign up on the PaperWorks site here: https://paperworks.info/paperplay.html

In the morning, learn how to draw a mandala and then cut a stencil from your drawing. In the afternoon we will have endless creative fun using a gel plate to create monotype prints on deli paper, or any paper, or fabric using the mandala stencils you made. Create layers of color and design using the gel plate and acrylic paints. Create unique and colorful backgrounds for art journals, collage, cards, art quilts and other mixed media projects.

During this workshop, students will:

  • Learn about mandalas and how to draw a mandala
  • Practice drawing a few basic mandala shapes and then draw them on your mandala
  • Cut out stencils using your mandala drawings
  • Learn the difference between a monotype and a monoprint
  • Learn how to choose color palettes that you will love on your gel prints
  • Use “extra” paint to create beautiful backgrounds using your brayer
  • Use the gel plate to create many monotypes or print using your mandala stencil
  • Learn about layering
  • Use stencils and masks to create unique designs
  • Use various tools to create texture and patterns
  • Create ghost prints
  • Create additional backgrounds using “extra” paint

Student Supply Fee; $5.00

Student Supply List
For Stencil Making:

  • Exacto Knife and cutting mat (or thick, stiff cardboard) and extra blades (I like Fiskars Finger Tip Craft Knife)
  • Card Stock to cut your stencils from
  • Protractor and ruler (I will also have some on hand, so don’t buy one if you don’t have one). I will also have a stencil to use to draw your mandala.
  • Pencil, eraser and thick tip marker

For Mono-type Printing with Gel Plate
You will need your own of the following:

  • Gel Printing Plate – 8×10 is a nice size for this. You can buy on Amazon. There is the trademarked Gelli brand, as well as other brands. I have no preference on the brand.
  • Brayer (A 4” will be a nice size if you are buying one for the first time. This is what a brayer is: https://www.amazon.com/Speedball-Deluxe-Soft-Rubber-Brayer/dp/B003IFY622/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1547497804&sr=8-2&keywords=speedball+brayer
  • Paper from your stash to print on – pages from old books, maps, pages of an atlas, old sheets of music, your handmade paper, newspapers, or paper catalog pages. Any paper that is not slick or coated works great. Newsprint for ghost prints works nicely.
  • Apron, or art shirt! Plan on getting paint everywhere!


October 27, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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7575 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ United States
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