This course has concessions available

Printmaking At Home – Gel Printing Online

This is a fantastic and innovative online course in press-free printmaking. We have been working hard to test the processes and techniques that you can use in your own home and are delighted to be able to offer a 6 week course that teaches different ways to make prints without a print room or press.

Tutor Bio: Linda Newcombe is an artist, printmaker and illustrator. She gained a Degree at Central St Martins in the 90s and a Masters at Falmouth University in 2018. Her specialism is printmaking and she uses it as a basis for all of her work. Linda has taught in colleges and universities for over 20 years and started teaching the printmaking courses at Mary Ward in 2013.
Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is for mixed-ability creative learners who may/may not have previous printmaking experience. Students who have printmaking experience or adventurous beginners. Artists with gel plates who have limited experience printmaking will gain from this course.Artists who wish to explore and develop their work in the medium of print without the need for etching presses will be able to make good and creative use of the processes. It is perfect for those who enjoy printmaking but who have no press at home.

What does this course cover

This course follows the 'flipped' style of teaching, where after demonstration and discussion, the class and the tutor can review what you have produced already and advises you how to achieve the outcomes you are aiming for. To get the most out of this class you will need to plan your work in advance and be able to make some investigations with the techniques outside of the class time as well as during the class.

By the end of the course students should be able to:
1. Produce original hand-made prints
2. Understand and appropriately use/combine various print media
3. Prepare blocks by rolling or wiping ink for printing.
4. Use black and coloured inks and extenders appropriately.
5. Create multiple layers on prints
We will explore: gel printing, monoprinting, using masks and stencils, working with textures, mixing colours, Overprinting, linocutting, pressless printing

Please see below for detailed materials list. It is important that you attend with the correct inks and a gel plate as these are the materials you will be learning from.
Inks - traditionally 'oil' based inks were used (not 'water' based inks) for most printmaking, and solvents were needed to clean up. Modern developments from health and environmental concerns enabled ink producers to manufacture oil based ink that is water washable - this is the ink used for this course. Make sure your ink is 'water-soluble, oil-based' such as Caligo Safe Wash.
Once you have your materials and equipment all you need is to connect to the internet Zoom meeting for the duration of the classes. All the instructions will be emailed to you and the course will be taught by our highly experienced printmaking tutor Linda Newcombe who will take you through the dos and donts in the virtual printroom.
At the beginning of the course via your computer screen you will be shown how to set up your space at home, how to ink up and create your images and how to take the best prints. You will then be able to use the methods, and other techniques to practice and experiment with the techniques you have learned. You can communicate directly to the tutor openly or privately and also with the others in the group which will have 12 maximum. Many of the sessions will cover a new topic for you to explore and time to experiment with it. You will have a break in the middle of the session in which you will be have the chance to share your results with the group online.

By the end of the course students should be able to:
1. Produce original hand-made prints
2. Understand and appropriately use/combine various print media
3. Prepare blocks by rolling or wiping ink for printing.
4. Use black and coloured inks and extenders appropriately.
5. Create multiple layers on prints
We will explore: gel printing, monoprinting, using masks and stencils, working with textures, mixing colours, Overprinting, linocutting, pressless printing

What will it be like

The learning environment will be online and in your home. You will receive live tuition in techniques and will be encouraged to explore and develop ideas guided by a practising artist and printmaker. The sessions will happen in real time via your computer or tablet in the live taught session in your own makeshift workspace or home studio.
The tutor will use face to camera instructions and show you techniques online. You will be able to access other useful things like video links, images and hand outs from our online platform. Once you have learned the techniques you can then explore them during your own time - you are not tied into the print room availability for this!
You will be included in an online group and will be able to communicate directly with the tutor and see what your fellow students are doing at home too. During the sessions you will be making your own versions of the technique demonstrated using the materials and equipment featured, and looking at work. The tutor will be on-hand to help you with any problems you are having and give you feedback on your progress. The course will be varied in approach. Some of the sessions will be 'taught techniques' where you work alongside each other, and some of the sessions will be flipped to concentrate on looking at the work you have been created.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Materials List
You will need to have a basic printmaking kitbag ready by the first session which you will need to order from a specialist Printmaking supplier. Suppliers all have different timescales so please allow 3 weeks or more for your order to arrive in time. The cost of this will be depending on what you have already, where you can purchase from and the postage - our estimates below do not include p&p. You can request a full list of supplies links so you can research and source the best deal for you. Our basic kit list estimate would be between £25 and £40 and comprises:

' A gel plate (from about £12 if you buy, or you could make your own bigger one for about £5)
' A hard economy rubber roller (from about £6)
' ' Caligo Safe Wash Relief ink, - you will need a minimum of 3 colours plus black and 'Extender'
' Palette knife or two £2ish (or you can use a plastic spatula)
' Stack of thin paper to print onto. Photocopy paper is fine and costs about £3
' Old newspapers or plain newsprint
' Thin acetate sheets (eg, photocopy acetate from Rymans etc or a roll of florist's cellaphane)
' A flat work table surface minimum A1 size
' Scissors or craft knife and cutting mat
' A sharpie pen that writes on plastic without wiping off
' a normal pencil
' Kitchen towel or baby wipes

You will be sent a list of suppliers with more detailed description of the items on request.

You will be asked to have some of the following handy during the course: paint brushes, rags, bubble wrap, cling film, foil, plant materials, dried foods, old knitwear etc to try more textures.

You may also need to supply the following:
' An inking surface (a flat non-porous surface that can be used for art purposes, e.g. Perspex, thick acetate or sturdy glass) Wood is not good, the inks may stain it. A sheet of drypoint plastic (about £3) is good for this
' Vinyl or latex gloves and apron to protect

What this course could lead to

A short Zoom course in Printmaking Projects at Home offers a natural progression from this course. Alternatively courses in Experimental Printmaking and Printmaking Projects at the Centre, plus other Printmaking courses and art courses are available. The work can contribute towards a portfolio for application to Access to Art and Design, or pre-Foundation or Foundation courses.
Making work for exhibition or sale.
Making prints for pleasure.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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