Black Cats and Gelli Printing – More art adventures with Kaiya

I am continuing to work remotely with my granddaughter via Zoom. This art adventure is based on gelli printing or printmaking using a gel plate, of which Kaiya has already mastered the basics. This time I decided to honor Kaiya’s two black shorthair cats who are the masters of their household in Olympia.

So I created several masks of the shapes of black cats and vases and sent the file to Kaiya’s mother. She printed them out so that Kaiya could use them also. We used these masks to create simple compositions of interiors. Basically the division between foreground and background was defined by using masking tape on the paper. The masks along with patterned stencils were created the scene via gelli printing. This method is related in concept to negative painting, since the first layer printed was solid black, which formed the basis for the black cats, vases and baseboards, as well as the background to everything else. Details like the cat eyes were added by brush.

I think our results are just beautiful! The one done with peacock colors is mine; Kaiya chose fall colors.

Acrylic printmaking demo & mini-workshop set for Sept. 18

I’ll be doing a demonstration and mini-workshop on Gelli printing for the Farmers Branch – Carrollton Art Association (FBCAA) meeting on September 18, 2018. Guests are welcome for the FREE demo 10:30 – noon. The mini-workshop is $10 and runs from 1-3pm. Location is the Craft Room of the Farmers Branch Senior Center.

To sign up for the workshop, contact Bess Saloman at

For more about FBCAA, see their Facebook page:

About acrylic printmaking with a gelli plate:

Gelli or gel plates are the permanent silicone version of the old-fashioned and perishable gelatin plate. It’s also possible to make your own permanent gelatin plate and Sharon will explain how to do this.

And best of all, expensive paper and paint are not required to get wonderful results. Plus you already have some of the tools to get started or you can find them around the house or yard.

I will demonstrate the major techniques: mark making, layering, and using stencils, stamps, masks, and found objects. Plus a newly discovered way to use magazine pages as resists.

Gelli prints can be framed or serve as the basis for a painting or mixed media work or just as part of your artistic process. They can also be used as collage in art journals, ATCs, card making, and mixed media.

Workshop: (Limit: 8 students) If interested in reserving a spot, Bess Saloman at

Put the fun back into your art! If you’re perfectionistic or have a fear of making a wrong mark or ruining a piece of art paper, gelli printing will definitely remove it. You will make lots of art! And it will be messy, but fun.

Basic supplies and tools will be provided: Acrylic paint, paper, brayer, water container, spray bottle, Gelli plate, stencils, masks, paper towels and other tools. (Sorry, you don’t get to keep the tools, just the results.) Artists will also receive a summary handout on techniques.

You can bring additional supplies if you want to: Stencils, masks, mark-making tools, letter-size or 9×12 paper, and your favorite colors of acrylics in any brand. If you have a gelli plate and brayer, please bring those. Bring an apron or wear grunge clothes.

For information on Gelli Plates, see and