Elaine Chu

Online Workshop 6/27: Gel Plate Printing Inspired By Nature

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This online workshop takes place on Sunday, June 27th, 11 AM - 1 PM PST via Zoom Meeting. You will receive login directions before the workshop.

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),  10 sheets: 5½”(h) x 8½”(w) text-weight paper, large eye needle, and at least 25” of embroidery floss.

2. Purchase a Printing Kit from us that includes:

  • 4 x 5” gel plate 
  • Brayer
  • Acrylic inks: 6 colors
  • 12 Blank cards and matching envelopes, natural white (A2 Size: 4-¼ x 5½“  folded cards)
  • Large eye needle
  • Embroidery floss

Additional items to gather:

  • 10 Sheets 8-1/2x 11” text-weight paper (Printer paper works)
  • 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
  • Awl (optional)
  • Rubber bands or other flat objects (optional)

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. 

**Register by June 18th in order to receive your kit in time for class. Any Later, please choose priority shipping at checkout!

This kit is not available for pickup