Bookmaking with Gel-Plate Monoprints

July 15 - July 19


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Bookmaking with Gel-Plate Monoprints

Bookmaking with Gel-Plate Monoprints

The imagination runs wild with the endless possibilities the gel-plate offers to create prints.

Spend time dedicated to exploring and experimenting with some of these techniques. Acrylic paint is rolled onto a gel-plate with a brayer. Various found objects are pressed into the paint to create implied texture. A variety of papers are used to pull the prints. The resulting prints are spontaneous and unpredictable. One print begets another “ghost print”. Residue builds up on the plate and in turn creates unexpected texture. Commercial and hand-made stencils can be used to alter prints. Image transfer techniques and botanical printing will also be explored.

The mixed-media projects possible with the resulting prints is also infinite!  In the afternoons, explore collage techniques to create an explosion book, a slide- frame book and a sewn-binding book, out of the morning’s print collection.

Based on the 1950’s technology of the hecto-graph, the medium of gel-plate printing is quite different from other print-making techniques; it requires no previous skill or knowledge, and the prints are produced very quickly, and are not easily replicated. At the same time, it inspires the incorporation of so many other disciplines. Artists continually come up with new ways of using it and even inventing products to be used for creating the work.

There is flexibility in the workshop structure for participants to work at their own pace and explore one area of interest in more depth. There is also the option to incorporate their own art practices.

** There is ONE SPOT left in this workshop! Register today to confirm your spot.**

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $20
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Price: $875

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Before becoming an “artist in the community” 7 years ago, Heather Martens Rempel taught junior high and high school art for over 18 years. While enjoying creating and teaching in many mediums, Heather has found the gel-plate to be the most accessible medium for students of all ages and abilities. She has been able to spread the joy of mono-printing with a gel-plate in schools and community art centers throughout Manitoba.

Click here to read more about HEATHER MARTENS REMPEL

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.