Doing More with your Gelli Plate

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85.00

This class is about having fun at the intersection of accident and intent! Create finished art along with a bound Artist Book while exploring some new ways to use your Gelli® Plate.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description

Hi everyone!

This class combines three of my favorite things: Animals, Printmaking, and Artist Books!

With imaginary animals as our theme, we’ll start with some cutting exercises to create our own stencils from found shapes and contour drawings. From there we’ll be working with a variety of techniques including ghost prints, masking, and transparent layers. We will be working with fluid acrylic paints which gives us some unique results and textures, different from the traditional heavy-bodied paints normally used with the Gelli® Plate… it makes for lots of happy accidents!

One of the great things about Gelli® Plate printing is that you can create a lot of artwork in a short period of time, and this class is about making lots of stuff!

Once we have a pile of prints to work with, we’ll be going in with mixed-media to complete your animals. Some of our pieces we will stand alone as finished art pieces, and others will be bound into our Artist Book.

This class is about experimenting and following where it leads… and having fun at the intersection of accident and intent! Please join me!



Class Itinerary

Lesson 1 – Cutting Stencils and First Layers

Lesson 2 – Transparent and Offset Layers; More Printmaking

Lesson 3 – Adding Mixed Media!

Lesson 4 – Animal Faces: Quadrants, Partials, and Stacked

Lesson 5 – Preparing Book Pages

Lesson 6 – Bind Book and More Mixed-Media Techniques

And here is a video paging through the handmade book!




Note: These are the supplies that will be demoed in the class videos, and I’ve provided links for your convenience! But you are welcome to substitute any supplies with those you already have on hand.

Supply list:

– One 8″x10″ Gelli® Plate
– About 20 sheets of hot press (smooth) watercolor paper, about 11″x14″ (suggested: Fabriano, Hot Press Pad, Watercolor paper, 50 sheets (#10145-3150 at
– Two brayers
– a small selection of fluid acrylic paints (I use Golden Fluid Acrylics). Any red, blue, yellow, black… optional green and orange).
– one or two favorite colors of High-Flow Acrylic paints (or similar) (I use Golden brand.)
– WHITE gesso (I use Liquitex)
– matte medium
– 2-3 acrylic paint pens (like POSCA or Molotow) I like the bullet-shaped, 1.8-2.5mm size.
– pencil
waxed thread or string
– needle
– 2-5 types of tape. Can be colored masking tape, Washi tape, etc. At least one big roll.
– 1 package adhesive poster strips (or you can substitute a glue stick)
– scissors

Carla Sonheim

Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating.

Carla is the author of three instructional art books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. In 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim. They live in Seattle, WA.

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“I loved every bit of it. Loved the forgiving way of bookbinding. And especially loved everyone's creations, so wonderful each and every one!” — Sigrid H.
“This has been one of my favorite classes ever. Bring on winter. My inspiration cup is overflowing!” — Mary R.
“The lessons are really inspiring, they motivate me to experiment and have lots of fun with the Gelli Plate! Thanks!” — Mathilde M.