Thursday, February 02, 2012
Gelli plate printing
Several months ago I won a 6" x 6" Gelli printing plate from fellow blogger, Judy Carpenter. I have been looking forward to trying it out, but couldn't seem to get to it until today. Neat idea and easy to use.
Here is my setup:
Gelli plate at left. It is a smooth piece of something (plastic, silicone, ??) that has the feel of those gelli window decal things. Firm rubber brayer, acrylic plate for rolling paint out on and paint. I used inexpensive acrylic paints for experimenting.
Squeeze some paint out on the acrylic palette and roll it out with the brayer until it is mixed as wanted. Then roll a thin layer of paint onto the gel plate. Make marks in paint, then lay a piece of fabric or paper face down on the plate and smooth it carefully so it will pick up the paint from the plate.
I crumpled up a piece of paper, opened it up and carefully pressed it into the paint here. This is the resulting print:
I think the most interesting and successful prints were made using some of my collection of Indonesian printing blocks, pressed into the paint.
This one was pretty boring, so I printed over it.
The new print is the one at the top of the blog.
I think this was my favorite.
I'm not sure how I will use these, but it is always good to have a new technique in my back pocket.