Gelli printing for beginners

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who has an interest in creating and printmaking for pleasure and would like to relax and enjoy exploring the materials. It is aimed at any level, from beginner onwards.

Course content

You will learn the basic techniques of using a Gelli plate. You can create your own stencils, use textures from recycling and you will build a series of unique images that can be be used as finished pieces of art or be used for journaling or cards.

During this workshop you will be guided on how to use the equipment and master the techniques, experimenting with layering colour, texture and creating abstract pieces and some realistic imagery.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will support you throughout the course during the sessions. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course. You will receive feedback on your progress and suggestions as to how to improve. 

Additional costs and requirements


Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will need to provide your own materials.

Additional information and resources

“How will I learn?

You will be working with your tutor and other learners face to face. Your course will include practical tasks and discussions and your tutor will support you throughout. You may wish to continue work between the sessions. This will help you to get the best from the course and to progress at a pace you are comfortable with.

Resources and additional information

A gelli plate available online, a minimum size of A5

A set of acrylic paints

A print roller (to apply the paint)

A tray for the roller, this can be a smooth flat surface such as an acrylic sheet, an old tile or a recycled cold meat tray

Smooth surfaced paper of any quality


Printer /thin paper for stencils

Found recycling such as bubble wrap, textured plastics and metal inner seals for coffee, toilet roll inners and textured kitchen roll. Flat leaves and flowers (no thorns) can make good stencils

Cotton buds are useful

Brushes could be available. Kitchen roll and a cup of water for cleaning and something to protect the table.

You will need space to put your prints to one side to dry.

What can I do next?

You may like to enrol on another printmaking or art course with Learn Devon.

You may like to join an online art group or one that meets locally to you.

Your tutor will suggest ideas on what you can practice and how to build on what you have learnt. They will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. ”

Start date04 Nov 2021
End date02 Dec 2021
Start time10:00
End time12:00
Concessions not available