Taska Sandford: Color Combing – Printing with Gelli Plates

Taska Sandford
Color Combing: Printing with Gelli Plates
Sunday 9th April
One Day Workshop


Color Combing is about creating worlds within worlds. Printing patterns, colors, and layers will be your gateway to creating a colorific book.

“But wait, PRINTING a book sounds complicated!” you say.

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Fear not my fellow artists! You will learn all about monoprinting with Gelli Plates. The principles are simple, the tools can be inexpensive as you like and the amount of mesmerizing art you can create is
infinite. Everything you need could fit in shoe box.

Monoprinting with Gelli Plates is a new spin on an old printing technique of gelatin printing. You will play with a variety of tools (many found in the kitchen or front yard!) to manipulate acrylic on your own Gelli plate. Then you pull monoprints on a variety of papers. You will learn techniques like chine-colle, faux pastepaper, masking, stencil making and so many more.


At the end of the workshop you will combine these pages to create an accordion book that holds other mini books and hidden pockets. You will also go home with a stack of amazing papers ready for future projects like collage backgrounds, unique notecards, decoupage, assemblage, and journal pages.

So come out and play. No prior skills needed. By the end of class will become a band of paint slingers and color combers ready to take on the art world!

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Kit Fee $20 – Kit includes your own Gelli Plate, paint comb, chipboard covers to make 2 books, blank stencil paper, a packet of papers and ephemera to print on, watercolor paper for book pages, ribbon/twine

Supply List

  • paint brush (.5″-1” wide)
  • 3-5 of your favorite acrylic paints
  • 1 jar or Matte Medium approx. 8 oz
  • brayer
  • scissors
  • a few disposable cosmetic sponges
  • Cup for water
  • Paper towels or rag
  • 2-4 Inkjet or Xerox images (animals, people, plants) for cutting out to make stencils. Images should have an interesting shape for a silhouette. They should be approx. 3”x3”. Make a few copies of the same size.
    Ephemera to add to book (you may want to bring things on a theme to match your Inkjet images
    Any extra fun collage additions like glitter, powdered pigments, gel pens, or the like


The following supplies are optional. I will some on hand to share but you may want your own:

  • foam/rubber stamps
  • stencils
  • babywipes
  • favorite papers to print on (size can vary from 2”x2” up to 11”x15”)
  • color shaper tool
  • xacto knife and cutting matt
  • heat gun

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