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Interesting patterns are all around you, especially at home! But how do you use that trash, junk, and recyclable to make fun gel prints? That’s what Gel Printing: Playing with Found Patterns is all about. Come hang out with me virtually in the studio and let’s make some gel prints together!

There are 3 key factors to be aware of when using found patterns. Throughout this online workshop you’ll discover how they are used to create prints with pattern making tools from around your home.

Both of the prints below were made using the exact same common household item. Knowing what to adjust and how to do it means you have the flexibility to take the same tool and create dramatically different looks.

A common kitchen item made the pattern on both of these prints!

This workshop has 2 parts. 

The first part is all about getting comfortable and fully understanding the main factors that you can control when making a pattern on the gel plate.

Here’s what student Geri Beam said about the workshop:

Wow – this was awesome. As I started this video I started wondering what would happen if? And then you took all my what ifs and answered them. Thanks for visually showing me in a simple way leading into a more complex way.

The second part is about applying the information in a variety of ways so you never ever have to be stuck in a creative rut. You’ll know how to create different types of prints, even using what you have around you right now.

After finishing the workshop, here’s what Donnalee Nichols said:

The attention to detail about the how to & why guided me to fearless action with the gel plate that’s been sitting for months. her techniques lead thru an open door of action . AND now there’s no urge to use other folks collage papers, I can make my own, with confidence”

Understanding what’s happening and why banishes the guesswork and frustration when you’re printing. You’ll understand things like why one blue lace print is full of details while the other isn’t, so you can steer your prints in the direction you want them to go.

You’ll see how to get clear crisp detailed impressions and buried layers of patterns. By the way, keys were used on both of these prints. The same tools can create such a variety of looks!

You won’t believe what made the circle shape here!

Finding Your Pattern Making Tools

This workshop is about seeing the junk, trash, and stuff around your home through the eyes of gel printing. There are interesting patterns all around you right now and as you go through the workshop, you’ll discover how to look for & use them to make prints you’re excited about!

The Ugly Prints

Have you ever had what you thought was a great plan and instead it turned out ugly? You’ll see that happen to me as I’m printing and how you can apply the 3 key factors to turn any ugly print into a favorite!

Getting into the Flow of Printing

Part of the fun of playing is getting into the zone or the flow of printing. You’ll get specific strategies to guide you into the flow, that magically relaxing place where the world, and all its stress, fades away for a little while.

If you’ve seen any of my gel printing videos on YouTube, you might be wondering how this workshop is different from those. It probably won’t surprise you that you get a lot more from a paid workshop than a free video.

My workshops include more in-depth explanation than a YouTube video. More step-by-step, more how, more why, and a structure so that each video builds your skills and knowledge in a practical way.

What’s Included

  • 14 step-by-step lessons
  • downloadable videos
  • self paced with immediate access to lessons
  • lifetime access
  • optional Facebook group
  • Bonus: The Basics of Gel Printing

Here are the lessons included in Playing with Found Patterns:

  • Under Pressure
  • Why It’s Good to Have a Squishy Middleman
  • The Icicle Stick
  • Deciding Which Paint to Use
  • The Gift of Cheap Plastics
  • Addition by Subtraction
  • The Big Factor When Choosing a Color
  • Review of the 3 Big Factors
  • Grungy Layers that Pop
  • Building Bold Patterns
  • The Secret Key
  • Unlock The Hidden Layer
  • Conquering the Ugly Print Part 1
  • Conquering the Ugly Print Part 2
  • How to Get into the Zone, the flow of printing

Bonus mini workshop included, The Basics of Gel Printing. If you’re wondering what size gel plate is right for you, how to clean or store a gel plate, or what paints or paper to use you’ll find all those answers in here.

Is this workshop right for you?

This workshop isn’t for you if you’re looking for a formal, college lecture type experience. If you’re looking for a relaxed & encouraging experience loaded with practical information and techniques you can use right away then you’re in the right place.

Is this for beginners or experienced gel printers? The answer is yes. Yes to both. Can a workshop really be for both beginners and experienced gel printers? Here’s what student Kathy Cornwell said:

“Even though I’m a fairly experienced gel printer, I’m learning new things (where was this class when I was a beginner?!) and it’s a terrific value. Your teaching background is a real asset. Thanks for taking me to the next level!”

Each technique is broken down so you can understand why it’s happening & then combined to create more complex prints. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never made gel prints before! You can do all of this!

For the more experienced gel printers, you’ll see my process and the reasons behind what’s happening so you will know how to consistently steer your prints in specific directions.

The Guarantee.

I stand behind this workshop 100% with a 14 day no-hassle money back guarantee. How does it work? Just email me within 14 days from when you join and let me know in a one line email that the workshop isn’t right for you for any reason. I’ll get you a prompt and full refund. It really is that easy.

What supplies do you need?

It’s not about having the exact same supplies that I do, it’s about how to look at what you already have in a different way. You’ll need basic gel printing supplies such acrylic paint you like, a brayer, paper, a gel plate or two and items you’ve found around your home for pattern making.

Gel Printing: Playing with Found Patterns includes

  • 14 lessons
  • downloadable videos
  • lifetime access
  • optional Facebook group
  • Bonus: The Basics of Gel Printing

$59

FAQ

Life is a bit upside down right now. How much time do I need to give to the workshop? Since you’ve got lifetime access you can go through this at your pace. You can binge watch it all Netflix style or watch just one video a week. You have that freedom. Each lesson is about 15 minutes long (some longer, some shorter). Each lesson is carefully edited which means you get all the important information quickly so you can get to playing!

When does the workshop start? It is available right now as a self paced workshop. 

Can I ask questions? Yes! You can ask questions in the classroom or in the optional Facebook group where you can share what you’re printing and see what your fellow classmates are making.

What supplies do I need? You’ll need basic gel printing supplies: a gel plate, any size, a soft rubber brayer, paper, acrylic paints, and pattern making tools. That’s code for stuff, junk, and trash in your home.

Do I need a specific kind of paint? You need acrylic paint, it can be any brand, any color. Acrylic paints are the ones that clean up with water.

I’ve been making prints for a while, will this workshop help me make better prints? Yes! This workshop is about more than just techniques, it’s about understanding. As you know, once you understand how and why a tool works, then the sky’s the limit for you to add your personal creative style to it.

Can I make prints like this even if I’ve never printed before? Absolutely- the techniques are explained step-by-step plus it includes access to the mini workshop The Basics of Gel Printing. In there you’ll find answers to questions such as what size gel plate is right for you, how to clean & store a gel plate, what paints or paper to use and more.

Are the videos downloadable? Yes!

Can I watch it on an iPad or mobile device? Yes, you can watch any of the videos on any device. The videos are hosted at Vimeo and they have a mobile app so you can even download them onto your mobile device.

Are there subtitles? Yes, every video in this workshop has subtitles.

I’m new to online workshops, how does this work? To access the course videos, all you need to do is log into the classroom. Once logged in, you’ll see all the lessons immediately. You have immediate access to all of them. Each lesson has a video that you can watch online or download.

Is there a guarantee? Absolutely. I stand behind this workshop 100% with a 14 day no hassle money back guarantee. How does it work? Just email me within 14 days from when you join and let me know in a one line email that the workshop isn’t right for you. I’ll get you a prompt and full refund.

$59

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Ugly papers don’t have to stay ugly! One more layer can make a big difference! Below are some brayer clean up papers from gel printing and they do not make me happy the way they are.

Using the stencils from the Overlapping Shapes collection I created for StencilGirl Products, I’m going to get some white and pattern onto these papers.

To create crisp stenciled lines there are a couple of things you can do if you’re an impatient stenciler like me.

  • Use a thick paint, like a heavy body paint
  • Use a small amount of paint on your cosmetic sponge
  • Apply in an up and down motion

Now that only a little bit of the colors are showing, these papers have transformed into ones I love. Should you ever happen to have an ugly paper, try adding a layer of white with a stencil!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. For example, I’m an Amazon Associate & I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!


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This was a peanut butter in my chocolate situation. These two stencils were out on my table when I realized they’d work exceptionally well together. Even though I had a direction I was going, there were challenges. And all of them had to do with my impatience while art journaling.

What’s the best paint for creating a crisp stenciled image? Any thick heavy bodied paint. Also, use a small amount of paint and stencil in an up and down motion. That’s how even an impatient messy stenciler like myself can got a crisp details using the Barbed Wire stencil.

Little things can make a big difference. Like how you place the stencil so you don’t have to worry too much about smearing the paint. I was way too impatient to wait for each butterfly to dry before going on to the next one.

When you’re stenciling just one part of a stencil, say like a butterfly, you can use something as simple as a Post It note to mask off the areas you don’t want to accidentally get paint through.

That was too much work for me, so I stenciled away without any masking. And that’s why there were 2 spots of over stenciled paint on there that I could. not. stop. looking. at.

But just a little dab of white paint and they just covered up. Nobody knows it ever happened. Well, expect for you and me.

You can use more than paint when you’re stenciling. A pen, a plain old everyday pen, was used to stencil the word hope from my Uplifting Words stencil.

Why did I choose hope for the title for this page? The barbed wire represents the struggles and uncertainty in the world right now. The colorful butterflies represent the hope that things are going to be able to get through this together.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. For example, I’m an Amazon Associate & I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!


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