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Printmaking Again

October 19, 2012

Another session in the studio this morning yielded another stack of fun prints with my Gelli Plate. Some of them might be considered “art” but I will cut up most of them as parts of collage. I’m thoroughly enjoying adding to the collection of delicious collage papers. I love the complexity achieved by layering many prints on one sheet.

Here’s another fun demonstration of gelatin printing that’s packed with ideas for pattern creation and layering, Gelatin Printing with Wendy Shortland. The gelatin print plate and the Gelli Plate involve the exact same processes.

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  1. October 19, 2012 3:05 pm

    These are so awesome Martha! This is really pulling me to experiment with.

    What kind of paper are you using in the above prints? Just curious which weight and types of paper pick up the monoprints the best and what type of paper you prefer working with the most. Thanks for sharing your process with us!

    • October 19, 2012 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Itaya! So addictive, I tells ya. The papers you’re seeing in these pictures are just heavy stationery paper that I had lying around. I mainly want these for collage anyway, so I didn’t want them to be too heavy. But paper that’s a little heavier would be stronger and hold its shape better, like maybe 70 lb. rag, etc. Notice too that I didn’t worry a lot about registration. There are ways to get the plate to contact the paper in the precisely right place each time.

  2. October 19, 2012 4:43 pm

    I love that video. She is adorable. So you talked me into it. I have to get a gelatin print making gizmo…………..

  3. October 19, 2012 7:00 pm

    Brava! They are wonderful…love the yellow w/ ovals. Martha, how is the clean up? Is it as easy with soap & water or hand sanitizer as they say?

    • October 20, 2012 8:53 am

      Nicole, it is every bit as easy. I just keep a clean(ish) wet paper towel handy to wipe the plate between prints. A spritz of water directly on the plate speeds up cleaning even more. I don’t have the hand sanitizer, but when I remember to pick it up I’ll get some. Baby wipes are good too, so they say. But plain water works too. Amazing!

      The only thing I would add is that when the paint starts to dry on the plate, it takes a little bit more effort to rub off with the water and paper towel. The cheap paints made for crafts are very fast drying. I also want to get some retarding medium, which will help too.

  4. October 19, 2012 7:02 pm

    Oh and by the way, I actually really love when the registration is not perfect. Gives them charm and quirkiness that is quite delightful. I want that yellow one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. October 20, 2012 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the cleanup info. I’m ordering the plate today, have artist acrylic’s and a ton of baby wipes – I’m in business! LOL I’d love to own the yellow stripe/gray oval one — I’m in love with it and it will be a beautiful addition to my small works collection. Could you email me the price? I’m so excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. October 20, 2012 4:21 pm

    You are having such a great time! Thank you for the video. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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