Gelli Plate Plus

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

3 Lessons – $21.25 $25

Take your Gelli Plate printmaking to the next level! In the follow-up to our best-selling Gelli Plate Printmaking class, Carla Sonheim will show you techniques you can use to rescue prints that are hovering in an “almost there” state and bring them to a satisfying finish. You’ll create painterly pieces either from imagination or a reference, experiment with masking and three-color process, and have fun folding in mixed-media to add animals, people and more to your prints.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Carla Sonheim

Class Description

I love working with my Gelli® Plate to create unique abstracted landscapes, the process of which I teach in the Introductory Class (details here). In “Gelli® Plate Plus,” we’ll learn two new monotype printmaking techniques (painting on the plate and “carving” transparent layers).

In addition, we’ll go through some old “almost-there” work one-by-one to determine exactly what they need to become a unique, finished piece of art. (Printmaking has a high “failure” rate, but there are lots of ways to save them!)

We’ll add animals, people, and more with watercolor, gesso, pencil, marker, colored pencil, charcoal, and collage!

Class Itinerary

Lesson 1: Painterly Monotypes; Masking

Lesson 2: Three-Color Process

Lesson 3: Mixed Media Mania





  • A Gelli® Plate (a product by Gelli Arts that looks and feels like gelatin), any size (I will be using an 8″x10″ size)
  • Two brayers (I like the 4″ size) (Can also just use one brayer, but I will demo with two)
  • Red, blue, yellow, black, white OPEN acrylic paint. (Alternatively, you can get a medium that extends the drying time of your regular acrylic paints)
  • Gel medium
  • Small amount of white gesso (I prefer Golden)
  • Small set of watercolors (cake or tube is fine)
  • A selection of paint brushes
  • Scissors, glue stick, collage
  • Mechanical pencil, black ballpoint pen
  • Small set of colored pencils
  • Water soluble and/or permanent markers
  • Soft Vine Charcoal
  • Spray fixative
  • Small set of pastels (I like PanPastels)
  • Eight c. 7″x10″ sheets of 140# hot press watercolor paper (or similar)
  • Leftover prints from previous classes

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 see improving results as I go. Cool!” — Corrinne B.
“I really like what this process is teaching me about colour mixing and using my gelli plate prints as springboards to possibilities I'd NOT imagined before.” — Currie S.