One Motif, Multiple Inspirations
Later in the week, I decided to push the experiment further. When my fall classes were in session, I had taped a sheet of paper from a large roll that I had onto one of my studio tables. That paper had been used already to deposit surplus paint from my brayers. I had also scribbled some random pencil marks on top of the color. As a result, I was starting with some overall color and marks, but very random and unplanned.
Using the gelli plate as a stamp, I covered the paper with monoprints in different colors, sometimes overlapping them. Some of the prints were ghost prints, and some were a first print, and some were layered prints. But throughout the exercise, I used the same stencil. To use the gelli plate as a stamp, simply get a sheet of plexi just a little larger than the gelli plate. With just a little pressure applied first, the gelli plate will adhere to the plexi enough to invert it and stamp your print onto a surface such as canvas, etc.
Here is the finished sheet taped to a canvas so I could photograph it.
I am thrilled with the all of the possibilities using just one stencil. Stencils made commercially never figured into my thought process until now. But as you can see, you truly can make them your own. I hope you’ll experiment with some of these ideas and let me know what happens.