Here are our favourite three picks for simple effective gel printing projects using materials we stock.
Speedball Gel Plates for gel printing
Amy Nack with Wingtip Press demonstrates nature printing for elementary students using Akua Inks and Speedball Gel ink and 5″ x 7″ plates that come in bulk packs, perfect for teachers. She offers tips for achieving a clean, crisp print, as well as added opportunities to discuss positive and negative images. This activity touches on science as well as technology as they also had a representative from the forestry service come in and talk to the students about how they use technology to save trees.
In the video below, Amy Nack demonstrates a lesson for high school students. This lesson moves from print, or mark-making, using everyday objects, and moves to Photoshop where the images can be manipulated and text added to produce posters.
Below, Speedball gel 12″ x 12″ printing plates and other ideas and more advanced concepts.
Here are valuable lesson plans to print and use.
- Images & Ghosts: The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
- Nature Printing–Grades 3-4
- Nature Printing–Grades 3-4 (Video Lesson Plan)
- Let’s Get Together–Grade 8
- Creating a Personal Scroll–Grade 8
- Creating a Personal Scroll–Grade 8 (Video Lesson Plan)
- High Touch Meets High Tech–High School
Kim Fjordbotten: The Paint Spot owner Kim Fjordbotten is passionate about helping artists use materials and make art. She is available as a speaker and educator for teachers and art associations. The Paint Spot offers exhibitions, classes, and beautiful art materials to inspire
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