I am VERY busy with my two online classes, Sketchbook Practice and Text and Image, so I'll be posting a little less frequently for the next six weeks or so. However, I couldn't help sharing this with you. I'm sure many of you have heard of GelliArts' gel printing plates. They are like very firm clear jello, but they are permanent, and you don't eat them. For more information and video tutorials, go to the GelliArts blog
or web site
. I've always wanted to try gelatin printing, but never got my act together to make trays of stiff jello. This synthetic gel plate has been a blast. I've added it to my vocabulary of scribble painting tools, and I'm exploring ways of making prints. Here are a few images from recent explorations.
This was made by pressing texture plates into the paint before printing; masking with sequin waste, and using my spritz-blot technique.
I had the idea of using string and thread as masking tools, and here is what I came up with:
This one is the "ghost prints" of another string paper:
On these next two I used "Plan B"
, described on GelliArts' blog.
In my Mono Print Collage
class, which I'm offering at Studio Place Arts
in Barre, VT on April 20, we will focus on making richly printed papers, and then use those papers in collage. I am, however, also figuring out ways of making prints, and I have a couple of early attempts to share with you.
I start with a sheet of printmaking paper cut to 8"x10", which is the same size as my printing plate. I mask off the edges with 1.5" low-tack artist's tape. Then I start printing, masking, collaging, and printing some more. I have yet to get a handle on this technique, but it seems to offer loads of possibility. Let me know of your experiences with mono print, gel plates, or anything else!