Gelatine Printing is a type of monoprint. A monoprint is a unique print that cannot be repeated and made in series. Traditionally monoprints are made by "painting" or applying ink to a sheet of glass and then placing a piece of paper over it, applying some pressure to transfer the ink to the paper.
Essentially the process in gelatine printing is the same, other than the fact that instead of using glass, I use a homemade gelatine slab.
The ink or paint on the gelatin slab is extremely sensitive to impressions made by almost anything with some structure. The veins on a leaf, the seeds of some wild grass or even material of an old sock will leave you amazed at the hidden beauty of things we see every day, but never so fine.
It basically comes down trying it out. Try out combinations of structures, in layers and different colors, and every time you pull a print there is a moment of expectation before you see what you have made.
Using a combination of leaves, stencils and onion net I created this print. The very light part of the face was a "ghost" print from a previous print. The leaves were transfered through as stencil to create the hair. The eye and eyebrow were made using stencil as the last step.
Peep over my shoulder and see how I use stencils to make these prints.
Using a small gelatine slab, I demonstrate a few of the basics of gelatine printing.
Here's how to make your own gelatine printing slab. The great thin is that you get to decide how big its going to be. It is cheap and easy to do. You can find the recipe in the booklet which you can download for free.
No problem - just order your gelatine printing art starter box online in my Etsy shop.
If you have any questions, let me know. I will be happy to help you.
We're all getting older and the question in my mind is "How old do I want to get?"
I looked up famous people who had celebrated thei 100th birthday and was amazed that these people had lived so long.
I also tried to tell the story of growing older and losing a partner, and what that must feel like as well as capture the memories that one must have after 100 years of living.
I painted these tulips directly onto the gelatine and then pulled a print.
By using the left over paint from a previous print and painting on top of it, I was able to have a very creative background.
These small prints were made by first using a palette knife to paint onto the gelatine.
This form of painting really requires that I let go of wanting it to become "something" and be open to what happens.