Stencil-rific Layers Workshop

What’s the secret to getting gel prints full of pattern with colors that pop? Magic? Random Luck? Nope, but it can feel like that when you don’t know the process. Anyone, including you, can make prints like these when you understand how stencils interact with paint and color on a gel plate. After all, there are just three factors to keep an eye on. It’s almost like following a recipe.

So is it a recipe you follow? Yes and no. Let me share something I learned from my grandmother, and yes, this will relate to gel printing. She was a fantastic cook and I never saw her use a recipe book. She used her magical grandma powers to create scrumptious meals, or at least that is how it looked to me as a kid.

When I tried to cook like her, it did not go well. At all. Something as basic as gravy was horrifically inedible when I made it even though I used all the same ingredients I saw her use.

The difference was Grandma understood how to thicken with cornstarch. Yes, I learned the hard way you don’t just add a full cup of cornstarch powder to a pan of runny warm gravy. She understood when to add more seasoning. Not because she was all knowing but because she tasted it. I was just guessing when I dumped in tablespoons of pepper. Like I said, horrifically inedible and I’m not exaggerating.

Once Grandma gave me the recipe along with an explanation of how to use the ingredients effectively, suddenly, I could make gravy my parents could eat. Just like Grandma, after making gravy a few times with the recipe, I no longer needed it.

So what does making gravy and my grandma have to do with gel printing? Recipes make cooking easier because you’ve got a step-by-step process to follow. That’s what this workshop is, a step-by-step process for you to easily create complex prints.

If you know what ingredients to use (paint, stencils, a gel plate) and in what order to use them you can create amazing gel prints on command.

After following the recipe a few times, you’ll build a solid understanding of how it all works together so that you can intentionally create the kinds of prints you want!

“Carolyn has given me confidence. Now enjoying my play so much more on my gel plate and other media too!”- Jo Ann M.

No matter where you are on your gel printing journey, this workshop can help you take your prints to the next level.

That’s a bold claim. After all, how can it really do that for both absolute beginners and experienced printers at the same time? That’s the power of understanding why and how. Making great prints consistently isn’t intuition or guessing- it’s simply understanding the key factors.

“In my other role as former teacher, I so appreciate your thorough but concise and interesting way of presenting and the fact we can see, hear, and read your lessons. You are a master instructor.” – Suzanne Ford 

If you’re brand new to gel printing, I’ve got you covered. You’ve got immediate access to The Basics of Gel Printing, a mini workshop. It breaks down everything you need to know to make your very first print.

Along with the step-by-step techniques inside Stencil-rific Layers, you’ll deepen your understanding of stencils and gel printing by discovering:

  • What makes your colors pop and avoid the trap of layers that end up sort of muddy.
  • How to get that grungy look on command.
  • The steps to create an intentional composition.
  • How to know the right amount of paint to use.
  • The quick trick to avoiding paint leakage so it won’t ooze under your stencil.
  • How to know immediately which layer will show paint and which won’t because what you see isn’t always what you get.
  • And much, much more including 3 BONUSES!


Yes indeed, there are bonuses for you! Three of them actually!

Freedom and Getting Loose

This bonus video is about freedom, that rush of creating loosely and fully letting go. Great words, but how do you actually do that? I’m sharing my number one strategy that can shift you into that place of printing with abandon, the kind of freedom that rejuvenates the soul and sparks creativity. This simple strategy was taught to me by a master of letting go, a little kid.

Rescuing Ugly Prints

I’d love to tell you that every single print is going to be a show stopper but that’s not how it goes. We all have ugly prints, it’s part of the process. But I get excited when I have an ugly print. Why? Those often become some of the most exciting prints in the end! In your second bonus video, Rescuing the Ugly Prints, I’m sharing ways to turn around those blah, ho-hum, and downright ugly prints.

What to Really Worry About

Over the years teaching gel printing, I’ve noticed that people worry about the wrong things for two big reasons. One is they don’t know the key factors to keep their eye on while printing. Throughout this workshop, you’ll get carefully chosen techniques that build your understanding of these factors step-by-step.

The other reason is perfectionism. Perfectionism can suck the fun out of gel printing but it doesn’t have to. If you’ve battled those critical voices and are ready to quiet them down and have more fun printing, you’ll love your third bonus video, The Antidote to Perfection Paralysis.

What I Haven’t Mentioned

But there’s one big thing I haven’t mentioned yet. It’s the entire reason I started gel printing and haven’t stopped. The FUN! It’s exciting to lift a print and see something you can’t believe you made on there!

If you’re ready to let go of random guessing when you’re making prints so you can have even more fun then join me for Stencil-rific Layers!

“I had been playing around with gelli plates, watching a you tube video now and then, never really understanding what I was doing, so I have ALOT of ugly prints.Thank you for giving me a much better understanding of the process and inspiring me to play!” – Celeste R. 

When does the workshop start? The moment you register, you’ve got access to the getting started section and the first official lesson. Then, each day, you’ll get a new video for 19 days (basically, just under three weeks).

Since you have lifetime access, you have the flexibility to watch them the way that fits you best. Watch them the second they are available each day or if you like to binge watch an entire week of the workshop Netflix style, then just let a few build up and watch them at once.

Lessons in this Workshop:

  • Getting Crisp Prints
  • Wax on Wax Off
  • Avoiding Muddy Layers
  • Letting Loose with a Brayer
  • Slapping Stencils
  • Never Ending Technique
  • All in One Pull
  • Should You Put the Stencil or Paint First?
  • Intentional Compositions
  • Glorious Grunge Prints
  • What Layers Will Show
  • Making Compositional Choices
  • When to Make a Plan
  • Stacking Stencils
  • Getting Surgical with the Paint
  • Maximizing the Ghost Pull
  • Where to Build Up Your Layers
  • When to Stop Adding Layers

What’s included:

  • 19 day online workshop that starts the moment you register
  • Your questions answered by me in the classroom
  • Downloadable videos
  • Lifetime access
  • 14 day money back guarantee
  • Bonus: Rescuing the Ugly Prints
  • Bonus:Freedom and Getting Loose
  • Bonus: Turning Around a Hot Mess
  • Bonus: The Antidote to Perfection Paralysis


Money back guarantee. You’ve got nothing to lose and so much fun to gain because there is a No-Hassle 14 Day Money Back Guarantee. Join the workshop, try it all out for 14 days and if for any reason it’s not for you, just send me a one line email letting me know you’d like a refund. It’s really that simple.


When does the workshop begin?

As soon as you register the workshop begins. Then exactly every 24 hours, you’ll get a new video each day of the workshop (a total of 19 days). You have lifetime access to the workshop once you’ve registered.

Do the videos have closed captions?

Yes, all the videos have closed captions. The videos and captions are all in English.

What supplies do I need?

I encourage you to substitute with whatever you have on hand or prefer! In the classroom, I have a detailed list of all the supplies I’ll be using but here’s the Cliff Notes version.

You’ll need at least one gel plate. I’ll be using primarily the 8×10 size. If you happen to have two plates, you’ll find that very handy but not required.

All the stencils I’ll be using are from They are a wonderful family run business and I’m honored to be one of their many designers.

As for paint, you’ll want acrylic paint in any colors you love plus white and black and a metallic paint (gold or silver or any color you like).

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Lifetime. This workshop is all about having fun making prints and deadlines take the fun out of it! So there is no deadline or time limit. You can watch them whenever you want, as many times as you want.

Can I download the videos?

You bet! The videos are all downloadable! You can also watch them on mobile devices, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

How long is each video?

Each lesson averages 15 minutes. Some are a little longer, some a little shorter. The videos are edited, which means you don’t have to watch paint dry or me search for supplies so you can get to the play faster!

How does the 14 day money back guarantee work?

This is a no hassle 14 day 100% money back guarantee. Check out the workshop for 14 days, watch the videos and see if it’s right for you. If it’s not just send me a one line email saying you’d like a refund. It’s really that simple.

What if I’ve never made a gel print before?

Along with this workshop, you also get access to the mini workshop, The Basics of Gel Printing. This covers everything you need to know to get started with gel printing! In Stencil-rific Layers, the techniques are broken down step-by-step so no prior experience is needed! Truly!

What kind of internet do I need for this?

This is an online workshop, so you’ll need access to the internet. The videos are hosted on Vimeo and you can watch them on your mobile device, a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. If you’ve got really slow internet service, you’ll find it easier to download the videos and watch them off line.