Thursday, March 28, 2013

Special USTREAM Class: Color Theory + Gelli Plate

This Saturday, March 30th, at noon Eastern USA time (GMT-4) we'll be having a special USTREAM class! The class will consist of two parts, and will probably be two to three hours in length.
The first part of the class will focus on Color Theory. You'll learn the difference between color, hue, tint, tone, shade and pigment. We'll go over the color wheel in detail, and I'll give you tips and tricks for mixing colors with consistent results every time.
In the second part of the class, we'll apply what we've learned to the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate to create some custom backgrounds for cards, tags and more!
What you'll need:
Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
I'll be using Liquitex BASICS
All acrylic paints are not the same. For best results with the Gelli Plate, you'll want one with a slower drying time. When choosing an acrylic paint for this, look for one with a consistency more like toothpaste. At the very least you'll need Primary/Pure Red, Blue, Yellow, White and Black. If you want a little more variety, add Orange, Green and Violet. For maximum options, you can add Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet, Yellow-Green and Blue-Green.
Mixed Media Paper
I'll be using the Strathmore Mixed Media Paper with a vellum surface
When selecting a paper, look for something labelled acid free, heavy weight and designed for finished artwork done with acrylics, wet or wet and dry media.
Hard Rubber Brayer
I will be using my Speedball Brayer with the hard rubber attachment
There are basically four different kinds of brayers: foam, soft rubber, hard rubber and acrylic. For this class, hard rubber will be best.
Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
I have the 8"x10" plate
I hope you'll join me for fun and experimentation with color and texture! Be prepared to get messy.
See you Saturday!
Kathryn :D


  1. as a painter, this is right up my alley....hope ustream will let me watch!!!
    Kay (texfolkart)

    1. Sorry you weren't able to watch during the live broadcast, but I'm glad you enjoyed the recording!

      Kathryn :D