Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center

Gel Printing 101


Richmond Art Center


12 - 18+ yrs

Adult participation optional

Sat, Nov 13, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021


11:00am - 12:00am PST


Online via Zoom


Rebeca G.


15 students

Class Experience

A perfect art activity for all ages and levels of experience. Make your own gel plates from scratch using my recipe, then learn out how to create amazing, multihued monoprints or textures for collage, greeting cards, and other multimedia applications. Find out how ordinary household objects can produce exciting images with cheap, water soluble block printing ink. Once you start you will not be able to stop!


This will be over Zoom and is Free to the community.

More about the instructor:

Class Requirements

REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE: You will need to make a gel plate the night before, or purchase a 8 x 10" Gelli Plate ($23) at the art store.


Make your own Gel Plate with this Recipe the Night Before

  • Dissolve 7 packets of Knox flavorless gelatin in 3/4 of a cup of cold water Add ¾ cup (6 oz) of boiling water to this mix.
  • Stir at low heat until there are no lumps.
  • Pour mix on cake pans at least 11 x 14”or on any glass dishes. The molds need to be rigid.
  • Use a fork to steer bubbles to the edges of your plate, then pop as many as you can.
  • Place outdoors overnight if a cold night, or inside your fridge.
  • Turn upside down to release gel plate on a flat, hard surface.
  • This gel plate will last about a week if refrigerated. You can watch this YouTube recipe for an alternate recipe:

Sample Class Format

This is a one time Mini-Workshop (1hr)

Setup Table in which to set the gel plates and inking plates On another table, a cleaning station:

  • plastic tub with paper towels
  • rags and water 
  • "Clothesline" with clips on which to hang prints to dry 
  • A fan can speed up the drying, specially in winter 
  • Plastic tablecloths or tarps are great as table protection  
  • Ink Extender Sold at Art Store Ink extender comes in a tube or jar. It has a peanut butter consistency and it is used when you want to increase transparency in your pint without compromising thickness. You need to mix it well with a palette knife before placing the brayer on it.   

Rebeca's Ink Extender Recipe 

  • This mixture will increase transparency but thin out the block printing ink. 
  • Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and to this add 4-5 drops of Golden Acrylic Flow Release. 
  • Acrylic flow release is normally used to create “ink” out of regular acrylic paints. With AFR the pigment will distribute equally across the plate’s surface.

Other Things To Know

Adult Participation

Family collaborations encouraged!

Cancellation Policy

Please review our webpage on registration policies for any questions on cancellations, transfers or refunds:

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.

What To Bring

Gel Printing Supplies for Day of Workshop

  • 8 x 10" Gelli Plate ($23) at the art store.
  •  One block-printing brayer ("roller") of any brand Water-soluble block printing ink in various colors 
  • An inking plate, about 12 x 16.” Any flat piece of rigid plastic will do. 
  • Ink Extender
  • Golden Acrylic Flow Release
  • Lots of rags or paper towels for cleaning the mess 
  • A palette knife or tongue depressor to mix ink colors 
  • Spray or misting bottle to add moisture to your ink  

Collect Any of These Textural Objects for Day of Workshop

  • Bubble wrap
  • Combs or plastic forks
  • Corrugated cardboard Flat, plastic childrens’ toy pieces
  • Dry flowers and leaves
  • Feathers
  • Flat seeds
  • Jar lids, assorted sizes
  • Lego blocks and bases
  • Meat tray foam
  • Pill bottles
  • Plastic hair rollers
  • Rubber bands
  • String or twine
  • Stencils, plastic or paper
  • Saran wrap
  • Tape dispenser rolls
  • Toilet paper and tape rolls
  • Wooden or plastic blocks

Paper for Printing 

  • Newsprint or scrap paper for proofs 
  • Rice or printmaking paper for nice, permanent prints