Monday, February 28, 2011

more gel prints

i'm not sure if this worked better b/c the gelatine was warmer or b/c the ink was less watery- either way, much more fun & more successful.

for those of you not familiar with the process, in the pan on the left is plain, unflavored gelatine mixed 2 tbsp to 1 c of water, boiled & refrigerated for at least 12 hrs. 1/2 to 3/4 in deep. some directions tell you to remove from the pan. i'll try that next time.

on the plexi to the right is water based speedball printing ink.i guess that acrylice paint is also an option- probably fluid would be best. load the roller, ink up the gel.

design elements are placed on the ink- can be leaves, string, sticks, cut out pieces of paper, stencils- whatever. just try not to leave an indentation in the gel- unless that's what you want. then the paper is placed on the whole thing & rubbed to pick up the ink. see print below.

you can then remove the string, leaves, grass, etc & make a ghost print- the white prints below. should have used plastic for the circles, there probably would have been paint left under them.

layers of ink & different patterns create more interest. a real printmaker could figure out how to make these an end in themselves. i am happy to have interesting backgrounds for more purell transfers. i need 11 more. since the theme is leftovers this is a mixture of left over paper- some watercolor, some printmaking, some card stock.

here's a close up of a few pieces. these have 3 colors- turquoise, turq mixed with yellow, lastly yellow. i alternated a first print with a ghost print. supposedly as the gel breaks down over time the texture get more interesting.

paper is not my favorite thing to work on b/c i am not fond of  matting & framing, but i can see how this would be a fun way to make paper for mixed media- will try on rice paper & other light weight options.

mostly i'm tickled to feel like i will have something presentable for the leftovers print exchange!

busy few days- til friday actually- so have fun. if i get any decent photos i'll post 'em, otherwise be back on the weekend0 have a great week!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

These look GREAT!
I am going to have to give this a try when I can find gelatin in MASS QUANTITIES! LOL!!!
Really nice...


Pam McKnight said...

yes, much better results! good for you for not giving up!

Barb said...

I like that blue shade. Also, the one in the left corner looks interesting. You were busy with art over the weekend! ( I was busy with Grands.)

Postcards from Wildwood said...

This is coming along really well Marianne. Your patience has paid off. Lovely prints!

dewatobay said...

you're getting good at these!