A weekend retreat with Hilary Beattie
Make a stitched textured mixed media canvas using gelli monoprints
Come and enjoy a weekend experimenting with a variety papers and fabrics as backgrounds for monoprints using a gelli plate. We will then use these, together with a variety of other media to create a unique stitched canvas.
In our first session we will prepare some textured papers to cover our canvas and look at just what that gelli plate can do.
On Saturday, using the hotel and grounds as inspiration, we will make and use stamps, stencils, masks and natures’ bounty to make a lovely pile of totally unique prints. These will be made using opaque paints and then over-dyed in a variety of colours .. all very exciting
On Sunday we will use a selection of our materials from day one to make a mixed media collage on our prepared canvas. We will also experiment with adding crayon, charcoal, pencil, appliglue and anything else you might fancy to our piece and then look at completing the work by adding elements of stitch. Once complete – we will seal the work with medium to enhance and preserve.
You will end the two days with a beautiful and unique mixed media collage on your canvas, and a large stash of wonderfully personal materials to play with in the future
Warning: this weekend is likely to be enormous fun and very addictive – you may well develop a lifelong addiction to this way of working!
From Gelli to Canvas – Requirements List
3 Day Retreat
*Stretched Canvases – not too enormous – from perhaps 8” to 20” and shape of choice – 2or3isideal
#Paper – thin … copy paper is ideal. A4 or A3 (if you have a large gelli plate) – bring plenty
*Sketchbooks – again 2 or even 3 is good as it allows drying time without stopping work! Or loose design paper – eg thick khadi
Fabric/lace/ribbon/coloured paper – scraps and small pieces
*Tissuetex/repair tissue/deli paper
#*Stencils (if you have any)
#*Stamps (if you have any)
#*Matt mediums – you need a relatively fluid one and thicker gel one
Scissors, craft knife and small cutting mat
#*OPAQUE acrylic or fabric paint
#*Dye powder mixed with water to make an ink
#Flat palette to use with rollers (take away lid is fine)
#Mop head paintbrushes, flat brushes and squeegees – (credit card is fine for latter)
Couple of small containers to mix in
Brayer (rubber roller)
#*Small decorators sponge rollers … at least two (I have 50m ones, but 100mm is ok too)
#Textured rollers, paper, plastic, rubbing plates – basically anything non-metal and textured
#*Water resistant wax crayons (neocolour 1)
Plastic/paper to cover table and apron/gloves for you. I find a flip chart pad brilliant to use to work on – catches all the mess and usually ends up both yummy and useable
• All items marked with # can be provided for workshop use at a cost of £10 – this is particularly to help with packing for those travelling a distance and will work out goodvalue
• All items marked with * will be available to buy from the tutor at reasonable cost – again this can help with packing, or allow you to try out new products before you
decide whether to add them to your stash!
• List is for guidance … don’t panic! And any queries please email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Some examples of Hilary’s wonderful work below: