Monotypes: Printmaking with a Gelatin Plate

We had a blast making gelatin prints.   Directions for how to do it are here.  This is really about process.    This was a  very fun process!

Here are some pictures from the day:

The gelatin plates.


Roll ink out with a brayer.


Then roll the brayer over the surface of the gelatin
so that the surface is coated with ink.
Creatix monotype ink was what I had.



Lay objects like feathers
and string and paper shapes on the plate. 
You could use leaves from the yard. 

Lay the paper on top.

Smooth your hands 
over the back of the paper.


Pull the paper off.

We had a GREAT time!


Linda Packard said...

Wow, really nice prints! Looks like a fun day.
If you decide to do this a lot, you can get 1# and 5# bulk bags of gelatin at American Spice. Big savings over the grocery store envelopes:

There's quite a selection of vendors on Amazon, too.

Dixie Redmond said...

Thanks, Linda! Tearing all those little packets open was a pain, too. So that's another reason to buy bulk. I really enjoyed this process. I would like to do it again sometime for just myself with a larger plate.

Maureen said...

Dixie, this looks like so much fun and I wish I could have been there getting my hands into the printmaking. I loved seeing the photos and the process:)

Dixie Redmond said...

Maureen - actually, you came to mind often in the day. I kept thinking that you probably know all about this. It was very fun. My son kept saying how much fun it was while we were making the prints. I will definitely do this again. It was fun to do some art that was all about exploring and not so much about end product. I learned a lot in the doing of it. I'm going to post some individual prints in my next post and talk a bit more about what we learned in the process. It was FASCINATING and I would totally love to do this with you. So wish we could get together.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden