DATE Sat, March 13th

TIME 10:00 am–1:00 pm

COST $85


Printmaking without a Press:

Monoprinting with Gelatin Plates

Taught by Wendy Partridge

*Virtual Workshop*

Gelatin plate monoprinting is a form of printmaking where you use a slab of gelatin and water soluble inks to create an image. The beauty of gelatin plate printing is its speed and spontaneity, simple set up, and easy cleanup. In this 3-hour workshop you will create beautiful and surprising series of prints using textures, stencils, and a variety of implements. By the end of the session, you will have learned the process and will be prepared to continue experimenting on your own. This workshop is perfect for beginners as an introduction to printmaking, as well as for advanced printmakers to learn a quick way to generate images and add layers.

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Wendy Partridge is a letterpress printer, book artist, and paintings conservator. She helped establish, and for a number of years was the coordinator for the letterpress studio at the Zygote Press. She teaches several workshops each year on letterpress printing. As a member of the CLE Collective, she prints handset letterpress cards and coasters with Jamye Jamison and Elizabeth Emery.

Supply List 

Students are responsible for the following supplies 

All supplies are available online at

  • Akua intaglio inks (not liquid inks)two colors plus black or Akua starter set

  • Gelatin plate, either 5” x 7” or 8” x 10”

  • Large piece of Plexiglass for mixing and rolling out inks (you can take the Plexi from an old picture frame)

  • wood popsicle sticks, palette knives, small plastic putty knives, or small squares of matboard (for removing Akua ink from containers and for mixing ink)

  • 2 brayers – any size between 2” and 4”

  • Qtips or brushes for removing ink from gelatin plate

  • Paper; 20-30, approximately letter sized. You can use:

    • White card stock or smooth drawing paper

    • Any smooth printmaking paper you have on hand

    • Old proofs or drawings you might want to print over

    • Book pages or maps you might want to print over

    • Larger sheets of paper if you decide to do multiple prints on a single sheet.

  • Flat objects for creating textures: textured papers, string, thread, lace, fabrics, bubble wrap, mesh, feathers, pressed plant material, etc..

  • Several stencils: these can be commercial or handmade (If you are making your own, they can be cut from card stock or heavy-duty acetate)

  • Masking tape for registration 

  • For clean up:

    • Large bowl or bucket for cleaning your brayers

    • Newsprint, scrap paper, or inexpensive copy paper

    • Sponges and paper towels

    • Dish soap

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.

Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation | 1754 E. 47th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103  |  Phone 216.361.9255