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What If: A Weekend of Gel Printing

Carolyn Dube

**rescheduled to**
Friday, SEPT 23 -
Monday, SEPT 26, 2022

St. Mary's Building

Transfiguration Spirituality Center

495 Albion Ave, Glendale, OH 45246


Helping grown ups rediscover how to play so they can create with confidence.



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What if? That’s a very powerful question to ask. It can help you play, it can help you let loose and let go, and it can help you take your gel prints to the next level. How? That’s what this next retreat is all about! Join Carolyn Dube for What If: A Weekend of Gel Printing.

What is the 2022 retreat all about?


What If is all about play, the process of letting go, and gel printing. These 3 go hand in hand & during our time together you’ll see how to use them interchangeably thanks to those 2 little words, "what if". 


We’ll start out by understanding the properties of the gel plate in connection to various wet and dry supplies. Then use that knowledge to let go, pushing your prints farther than they’ve ever gone before. 


Friday night we’ll be creating our interchangeable texture tools in preparation for Saturday and Sunday full of gel printing techniques. 


Saturday night, we've got a guest instructor - - - Dave!  Carolyn has twisted his arm and he’ll be comically cluelessly teaching us all about gel printing.  He’s been working on techniques to teach, and we're looking forward to him sharing his favorite so far, the Pop Tart technique.  Be ready to laugh a lot Saturday night!


Then we’ll wrap up Sunday evening making journals from our prints. You don't want to miss this weekend of printing, playing and creative immersion!

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What if  Highlights

  • Fri-Sun workshops

  • dedicated room and ensuite bathroom

  • ALL meals and snacks from Friday welcome dinner to Monday bon voyage breakfast

  • great big goodie bag of gel printing supplies

  •  a one of kind designed StencilGirl stencil only for the What if retreat!

  • a interchangeable texture tool that you’ll create and take home

  • interactive gel press printing with Dave Saturday night

  • HUGE assortment of StencilGirl stencils for your use

  • a rainbow of play using Marabu Art Crayons, Art Sprays, Aqua Inks and Alcohol Inks.

  • Trays of PanPastels

  • Gel Press®, brayers, and other paint application tools for you to use

  • Piles of papers to print on

  • A texture and pattern smorgasbord

  • Plus some surprises!

What to bring

Just bring your itty bitty supply kit:

  • 12-15 tubes/containers of acrylic paint in colors you love plus white and black

  • 3-4 paint brushes in whatever size you prefer

  • scissors

  • apron

  • room in your suitcase to get all your prints and texture tools home


All other speciality supplies needed for this workshop are being generously provided by Carolyn! 

Also consider bringing: 

  • Comfy clothes, walking shoes, and a hair dryer.

  • BYOBeverages: adult beverages permitted, glasses, wine openers on site. Bring a drinking vessel for distilled H20, lemonade, iced tea, ice, coffee, hot tea, etc. 

  • BYOSoda: no soda on site, you’ll need to bring your own to store in the two kitchen fridges.

  • BYOSnacks: You won’t go hungry — but feel free to bring your fave munchies. [Kitchen/Microwave/Refrigerator on Site] 

  • FYI: StencilGirl, Gel Press + misc goodies will available for purchase in the Pop up Shoppe!

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St. Mary's Building

Transfiguration Spirituality Center

495 Albion Ave, Glendale, OH 45246


Read Contemplative Journal feature review here

Once the fun begins Friday afternoon, you won’t need to leave for a thing until check out Monday morning.  If you need transportation from the airport, here are some options from the closest airport to St. Mary’s. 

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

CVG Airport 36 miles away

Ground Transportation options

If you need lodging the evening before on Thursday SEPT 22nd please contact me about staying on campus.

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The heart of the matter is creative immersion. Process vs Product. Experience vs Event. Deep Dive vs. Surface Skimming.

What does all this mean? You are considered a valued guest; one who is interested in expanding and strengthening talents, skills and interests with others. By making and creating you get to express feelings and explore new ways of being. In a collaborative circle of belonging, the artist instructor is also giving their expertise, inspiration and guidance. All of this is happening in a secluded nurturing environment where we can all learn, share and enrich the other.


  1. JUST BE YOU:  This is a judgment free, non-competitive, just have a darn good time experience. You are perfect just the way you are. 

  2. COMFORT ZONE NUDGES: Allow yourself to expand your craft and welcome the beauty of imperfection. 

  3. DRESS 4 MESS: Bring an apron [or gloves if you’re worried about your hands] because we'll be making beautiful messes!

ticket policy

It is understandable that “life happens” and unforeseen circumstances may prevent you from attending a ticketed event. In the case where you cannot participate, please notify me as soon as possible. Due to high demand of event/instructor’s financial commitments, and contract obligations, this is a no refund event. Please know you are buying a non-refundable ticket. Should you not be able to attend, the ticket is transferable.

What if you can't come after you have purchased your ticket? 

If there is a waiting list, I will put you in contact with the first person on the list to coordinate possible arrangements for the sale of your ticket. If a transaction is mutually agreed upon and completed, your spot in the event will be transferred to the other person.


In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, instructor cancellation or unpredictable circumstances notification will be made as soon as possible via text message, email and provided contact emergency information. Refunds will be given within 5 days of the date of the unexpected cancellations.