Elaine Chu

Online Workshop 1/23: Gel Plate Printing Inspired By Nature

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Create stunning monoprints with leaves and found objects. Learn experimental techniques with this fun medium, such as inking with masked objects and making ghost prints.

Each person will create a unique set of greeting cards. Afterward, we’ll learn basic bookmaking techniques and use one or two of the printed cards to be covers of sewn booklets. They make great keepsakes or gifts! Adults/teens—all levels welcome.

Choose from two booking options:

1. Supply Your Own Materials! For this class, you will need a 4 x 5” gel plate (can cut  5x7” size down to size), a Brayer, Acrylic inks (a least 3 colors recommended), 12 qty blank cards and matching envelopes, natural white (A2 Size: 4-¼ x 5½“  folded cards),  12 sheets: 5½”(h) x 8½”(w) white text-weight paper, large eye needle, 25” length white linen thread (You can substitute embroidery floss or double-threaded sewing thread), Beads with holes large enough to place on the thread (optional)

2. Purchase a Printing Kit from us that includes:

  • 4 x 5” gel plate 
  • Brayer
  • Acrylic inks: 3 colors
  • 12 qty blank cards and matching envelopes, natural white (A2 Size: 4-¼ x 5½“  folded cards)
  • 12 sheets: 5½”(h) x 8½”(w) white text-weight paper
  • Large eye needle
  • White linen thread (24” length)
  • Beads with holes large enough to place on linen thread

Additional items to gather:

  • Metal ruler
  • Craft knife preferred, but scissors can be substituted
  • If using a craft knife, also need a cutting mat (Cardboard can be substituted)
  • 4 or 5 leaves (You can pick them on the day of the class; they do not need to be pressed)
  • Pencil
  • Several sheets of scrap paper or old magazine
  • Awl (optional)
  • Rubber bands or other flat objects (optional)

This online workshop takes place on Saturday, January 23rd, 11 AM - 1 PM PST via Zoom Meeting. You will receive login directions before the workshop.

About the instructor:

Elaine G. Chu has taught students of all ages in-person and online. Her work has been featured In “Greencraft” and “Somerset Studio” magazines as well as “1000 Artists’ Books.” She co-authored “Wood Paper Scissors,” a how-to crafts book. Elaine received a B.A. in music at Yale University and a B.F.A. in graphic design at the University of the Arts. 

**Shipping Notes**

  • East Coast: If ordering a kit 5-6 days before the class, you need to selectPriority Shipping to ensure your package arrives in time. The cutoff for delivery is 5 days before the event. 
  • West Coast: If ordering a kit 3 days before the class, you need to select Priority Shipping at checkout to ensure your package arrives in time. Curbside Pickup only2 or fewer days to class.