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Gelatin Printmaking with Linda Germain

Gelatin plate monotypes are printmaking without a press at its best. First you will make
the gelatin printing plate. Then the next day we will begin with a guided process that I
call Yoga Printmaking. The goal of the process it to build some muscle memory and
automatically learn the steps to gelatin print making. Experiment with mark making tools
and masking stencils to become familiar with the amazing qualities of the gelatin plate.
You will not believe that it was all done with out a press. You will learn insider tricks on
how to get the most from your gelatin plate. If you think it then try it, will be our motto.
We will embrace the idea that fearless experimentation can lead to extraordinary

Instructor: Linda Germain
Linda Germain has been making gelatin prints and artist's books for many years. Get the gelatin printing newsletter -sign up on the blog.

She has published several articles on gelatin printmaking and offers the leading videos on Gelatin Plate Monotypes. Linda teaches printmaking and bookmaking classes through out the New England area.

Ms. Germain has won scholarships to Women's Studio Workshop and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

She believes that the artist's process guides the product and that fearless experimentation leads to extraordinary results.

You will find her printmaking videos at gelatin printmaking videos

When: April 5-7: Fri 6-9pm, Sat 8:30am-9pm, Sun 8:30am-4
Where:The WPA Studio
$210 per student
Note: minimum of 6 participants required.

Supplies to Bring:

  • Supplies to make the gelatin plate (Friday)
    • 4 boxes of knox gelatin
    • 10” x 13” non stick cookie sheet with 3/4” sides (dollar store) and flat bottom
    • wisk
    • medium bowl that can hold 6 cups of water
    • measuring cup
  • Printing Ink - we will have a limited supply. Feel free to bring your own. We suggest Akua inks but Daniel Smith or Speedball block printing, water soluable inks work as well.Printing Ink - we will have a limited supply of printmaking inks for your use. Feel free to bring your own, especially so you can work with your stash at your own table. We suggest Akua Kolor, Daniel Smith, or Speedball. Inks must be water soluble.
  • Spray Bottle for water
  • brayers marked with your name (at least one)
  • we will provide Rives BFK but you may want to try other papers:
    • The best paper for gelatin printing is very smooth, and thin, yet strong and absorbent.
      sulphite drawing paper 90 lb or
    • Canson Mix Media pad of paper 7”x10, 9 x 12 or 11 x 14
    • masa paper
    • tissue paper
    • any smooth absorbant papers you like to print on
  • basic supplies (some will be available)
    • scissors, and/or Xacto knife
    • pens, pencils
    • sharpie,
    • letter printing set
    • black ink pad
    • mat medium
    • masking tape
    • collage materials
    • card stock
  • Mark Making Materials to use with printing - bring a few of your favorites -
    • Potato masher
    • Rubber stamps
    • Stencils, paper/plastic cut outs
    • Erasers
    • Pencil ends
    • Plastic lids
    • Cups
    • Styrofoam cups
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Bubble wrap
    • Lace, corduroy
    • Rug remnants
    • Buttons,
    • Cookie cutters
    • Soda bottles
    • Thread, string, yarn
    • Grass, leaves, weeds and foliage
    • Old wig
    • Sole of shoes or sandals
    • Plastic toys, wheels of cars and trucks
    • Anything with a raised patterned surface
    • Torn paper
    • Patterned leather
    • Paper towel tube
    • Paintbrushes
    • Sponges
    • Edge of an old book
    • Mesh or netting
    • Dog food bag
    • Coins
    • Trivet
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Bottom of tin pie plate
    • Knitted or crocheted things
    • Glove, hat mitten
    • Plastic wrap
    • Wood grain surface
    • Dried up onion end

Proposed Schedule

This is an outline that will be customized to the needs of the participants.

Friday PM 6 - 9

  • Introductions and expectations
  • Make the gelatin plates
  • Slide show or artist talk
  • Prep stencils, sketch, cut and coat
  • Find stencils or find stamping tools
  • Talk about tools, inks and papers


8:30 to noon

  • Set up work space
  • Demo the basics
  • Yoga printing a guided warm up exercise
  • The basics, speedball, brayer, stencils, stamps and layering
    • set them free to print
    • give your ink a chance
    • keep stencils and stamps that you like
    • hang up some work that you like and don’t like

1:30 to 4:30 - Back to the Studio

  • Composition tips - 16 ideas
    • Always use the gelatin plate for its malleability to transfer ink or to ink a stencil.
    • experiment with papers?
    • one step print
    • placement of a focus
    • How to store and care for the gelatin plate & Handling the Gelatin
    • More guided printing
  • sharing/ critique/show and tell at 4 PM

6:30 to whenever

  • Share, assess and plan
  • Open studio - will be there to help it needed til 9


8:30 to Noon

  • Demonstrate registration options let students choose
  • It’s all in the details - 22 tips
  • Take the ugly print to a new level
  • Direct paint with brushes, brayer or marking tools abstract landscape or other monotype
  • Learn from the prints you love. Take what you like and leave the rest
  • Charcoal transfers
  • Random pick ups
  • cut up gelatin and make tiny prints on cards

1:30 to 3:30

  • Mixed media - make it your own
  • Burnishing tools
  • Working a series
  • Book forms, cards and ATC’s
  • Working large - with a small plate
  • Other inks/paints and surfaces
  • Studio clean up and display
  • Share/crit/show/tell

How do I sign up for this Workshop?

The deadline to signup has passed. Deadline for Entry: 3/29/2013.

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Cancellation Policy

Since we have limited space our events fill up quickly. If you need to cancel please let us know ASAP (email info@womenprintmakers.com) so we can fill your spot. 

This event has a non-refundable registration amount of $105.00.

If you cancel by 3/30/2013 (more than 5 days) you will receive a refund of $105.00 (entry fee minus registration amount).
NO REFUNDS for cancellations after 3/30/2013.

Workshop Details
4/5/2013 - 4/7/2013
WPA Studio (1109 B Shady Lane - Studio 8)
Chair: Cathy Savage
Event Deadline
The deadline for this event (3/29/2013) has passed.