Gelli-Plate Printing Workshop

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Gelli-Plate Printing Workshop

Gel plate mono-printing is an easy way to create layered prints, much like screen printing but so much easier…and with way less clean up!

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THIS Gallery 485 Main Street Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7 Canada

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  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Instructor Sonya Iwasiuk has experimented a ton with this method and has created a workshop that produces beautiful results. Finished prints can be used as collage bits, to make cards from, or as finished pieces of art. Students are always so wowed with this process and have way too much fun!

Students will learn:

  • how to use the Gelli-Plate with OPEN acrylics
  • how to register the printmaking paper to create different types of layered prints
  • how to use stencils to create prints
  • how to use household objects to create prints
  • how to use foliage and feathers to create prints
  • how to embellish prints with acrylic markers
  • how to take care of and store their Gelli-Plates

All supplies are included and students will be taking home their own Gelli-plate ($35 value) and approximately 50 prints on Stonehenge printing paper.

About the Facilitator

Sonya Iwasiuk (visit portfolio) is a contemporary mixed media artist and artist educator who lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She spent her childhood years roaming the enchanted prairies of Northern Alberta discovering abandoned homesteads and discarded objects. She realized that these forgotten places were very alive. They speak of people and memory, a silent history of past lives.

Sonya received her diploma in advertising in 1991. An award-winning graphic designer, the spirited artist within her needed to break free and she started to pursue painting. She began to experiment with mediums other than paint and has never looked back. Through trial and error, she has developed unique techniques such as large embossed acrylic skins, mixed media paintings on her own hand-rusted steel sheets, and paintings on engraved plaster. She continuously explores and experiments with new combinations of materials and methods to present her creative vision in a distinctive and contemporary way. This adventuring also informs her art lessons and ensures that her teaching is always unique and fresh.

Sonya’s artworks are often representative of her childhood years. Beautiful prairie landscapes and derelict buildings are portrayed using various media including plaster, hand-rusted steel, found or repurposed objects and gold leaf. She also creates figurative and abstract series based on stories that she comes upon while making her way through the world.

Her work has been shown in various galleries and exhibitions within British Columbia and Alberta. She has been selected by a jury to create public art installation commissions as well as to participate in select art shows.

In her spare time, Sonya loves camping alone in the backwoods, foraging for wild edibles, cultural performances and events, and spending quality time with those that she loves.

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