Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gelatin Plate Printing

I was so excited with my prints that I didn't take the time to iron them properly. My sources/inspiration comes from the books: Making Monotypes Using a Gelatin Plate by Nancy Marculewicz and Create Your Own Hand-printed cloth by Ryna Gillman. I made a clay dam - shaping a clay snake coil into a rectangle, added the Knox gelatin(4 pkg to 1 cup of cool water, mixed, then added 1 cup of boiling water) set to cool, overnight. Removed the clay dam and went at it. I'm very naturally so on went some leaves and of course a circle for the sun. I used a "Gift" cloth (leftover paint on brayer, paint brush, stamps on plain bleached muslin)as a base. I'm getting ahead of myself here. First, I squirted some paint(not too much)on the gelatin, rolled it out, placed on the leaves and the circle, placed fabric on top and gently pressed and rubbed. Pulled off the cloth and voila! Then I printed a ghost print by putting another cloth on top of the plate and rubbed. Another print. Took the stencils off - the leaves and the circle - put them face down on yet another cloth. Took yet another cloth and placed it on the gelatin plate and viola another print. I had a ball playing.


Rayna said...

Aren't these fun? It's a series!!
Don't ask what happened when I tried the clay dam thing from Nancy's book.
I had been using a foil pan for ages and then thought I'd try her method.
Oops! But hey - whatever works!

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

These are lovely as a set.