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Print It. Make It. Love It. Retreat Recap

What happens when women spend an entire weekend with art supplies?  Colorful play!  This past weekend I was honored to spend 3 days laughing, arting, and making with these women at Print it. Make it. Love it!  This is usually an all ladies event, but this time, there was one guy who was more than welcome.  Keep reading to find out who!

A huge thank you to our sponsors, StencilGirl Products and Deco Art Media!

From the moment they arrived, we were playing!  During check in, the demo table was open for printing and getting to know one another.

Each one of these ladies had a full size 6 foot table to herself all weekend, which meant plenty of room to spread out and dive in to the play.

80% of the women here came by themselves but the minute they walked through the door there were friends waiting for them.

A huge thank you to StencilGirl for all the stencils to play with all weekend and for making possible the limited edition stencil only for this event in their goodie bags. Can’t thank you enough StencilGirl!

Remember playing musical chairs as kid? We did a version of that but with Gel Press plates.  Lots of laughter, frenzied printing, and very talented dancing to the music by the instructors. Okay, Glenda and Kari had talent with that!

This weekend was all about gel printing and understanding the properties of a Gel Press gel plate to get amazing layered prints.

The kind of prints that make you glow.

The kind you want to frame.

The kind that have layer after layer embedded in it.

The kind that take on a weathered and aged look but were just printed.

The kind of prints that defy color rules, since that orange and green should have made mud.

There was an experimentation night, a weird and wonderful Einstein flavored night.  At a creative immersion retreat, the days are art and fun, but every evening have playful happenings too!

During our Einstein evening, we explored how anything can become a texture and pattern making tool with a gel plate.  Packing materials, rug pads, yarns, syringes, yes you read that right, and more were used for playful monoprinting.

Rainbows were everywhere this weekend, from the paint to the headgear!

Glenda Miles, the host extraordinaire, handled all the logistics making sure that all our needs were met.  Kari McKnight Holbrook and I were the instructors and mischief makers. But what about that guy I mentioned earlier?

The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. He was the guy.  Actually, there were 6 of him.  He was there to help us understand the rainbow and how to avoid making mud.  Yes, they really make The Rock action figures but that’s a custom outfit he’s wearing.

In fact, we had a box of Rocks! Yes, a retreat like this has silliness and plenty of puns!

We even gel printed rocks – nothing is safe from being printed upon.

A weekend of creative immersion means you can follow the inspiration where it takes you.  No rules, no musts, just the freedom to follow your creative impulses. Here, Jan turned 2 rocks into a book.

A huge thank you to all the women who came, shared their time, their hearts and stories, and their play this weekend!


Want to come and play, to let go, and feel the rush of creative freedom?  There is something in the works for 2019, however it hasn’t been announced yet. But it’s coming soon.  If you’re signed up for my newsletter, you’ll know know as soon as it is released!

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  • Barbara Hauenstein September 28, 2018, 5:13 pm

    Looks absolutely fabulous! So happy for those who went! Thank you for sharing this. I’d love to see a class on doing a purse /bag like the in-person one you held a while back. I want to try pairing my iPhone Xs Max cell phone cover like that purse – do beautiful!! Love your art! ???

  • Linda Phillips September 28, 2018, 5:17 pm

    What a joyous time all of you must have had! Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. It’s been my dream to attend a gathering such a this. Maybe, one day…….

  • Maggi September 28, 2018, 5:19 pm

    Really wish you would fly south for the winter (specifically to Texas) for one of these. I saw you were in Austin for something a couple of weeks ago……come on down to College Station for a retreat! Please!

  • Joan Neigler September 28, 2018, 5:37 pm

    Looks like everyone had a blast and a half! Can not comprehend gel printing ROCKS! Holy Moly, there must have been a creative “think tank”going on.

  • Amy Hodgson-Smith September 28, 2018, 7:37 pm

    This workshop was the most fun EVER! So many talented women, sharing and supporting each other! Plus I got to meet my gel printing hero, Carolyn Dube! I highly recommend this workshop. Aside from the art fun, the food is to die for, the showers are hot and high pressure, and you will never sleep as well as you will at St. Mary’s!

  • Lyn Mckinney September 28, 2018, 8:27 pm

    Hi Carolyn, I am very new to gelli printing and I am getting very addicted! I have been watching quite a few of your entertaining videos! Love your enthusiasm!! I lay there in bed at night and get all these ideas I want to do with my new round plates. I am stumped on a project and thought possibly you could help me with all your experience. I was messing around one day with my 4″ round gelli plate and was so in love with my result piece that I had to hang it up, even though it was only done on computer paper. I now want to do a bigger one on canvas, only it just isn’t working out!! Is it possible to do, or can you recommend the best paper to get that overlapping of gel prints?

  • Kathy Gledsdale September 29, 2018, 5:19 am

    Wow looks an amazing weekend of fun and colour.

  • Debs Pouliot September 29, 2018, 7:14 am

    Carolyn, this looks soooo fun! We grow up and tend to forget to be playful and uninhibited like when we were children. Seeing all the lovely gals having fun, brought back that wonderful feeling again!

  • Debs Pouliot September 29, 2018, 7:25 am

    ….and giving each student their own 6′ table was/is brilliant! So many times I’ve attended workshops where we all had such a small space to work on (and those metal chair legs would catch on one another). I tend to spread out when I work and when I can’t, it greatly limits my creativity (plus I’m a tad claustrophobic), so having a bit of extra space around me makes all the difference! 🙂

  • Linda Greenstreet September 29, 2018, 3:23 pm

    I sure hope I have the resources to come next year. I love gelli plating and I love Carol’s presentations and personality. How could that go wrong?

  • Sue September 29, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Wish I could have been there, would love to take one of your classes. I am in Victoria,BC so chances of you coming here are pretty small, but one can dream right? Those pictures of some of those gel plate prints are incredible. So much fun and those “rock” dolls! Lovely.