Just thought I’d give a little insight into my gelatine plate printing. It is such a fun way to print patterns and textures onto paper, newspaper or anything you like really. I really like a paper I found at my local art shop, that is almost like tissue paper but a bit stronger when wet. They called it greaseproof but it’s not like what mum used to wrap our sandwiches in. Much nicer. I think it’s called deli paper in the US.
But I have digressed. So first step is to mix up the gelatine. I used a local brand and followed the instructions. This made a rather thin mixture but it worked ok to print on. Previously I made the mixture with extra gelatine powder. and the plate was quite strong. This meant that I could used it to make more prints than the plate I use to make prints in the following examples.
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of gelatine in 100ml of hot water and then add 4ooml of cold water. I found this has to be done fairly slowly otherwise lumps and bubbles form. No matter though…
…a skewer removes the bubbles!
The benefit of a thinner solution means less bubbles in the mixture.
I tried to remove the plate from the disposable tray but it wasn’t a good idea. In the end I cut or tore the paper to fit the tray. I guess that is the benefit of the Gelliarts gel printing plate.
I used acrylic paint and a circle stencil to create these patterns – using a roller to roll out the paint on the plate. Each paint rolling prints 2 pages, after that I got ghost prints. These were ok and might be ok for collaged backgrounds – I will let you know. And I used one of my favourite bits of recycled equipment – bubble wrap!
I got quite a few prints from my plate but at the end it had deteriorated so much that I had to throw it out. I did make two plates, used one and kept one in the fridge for another day. It lasted about 5 days, which I thought was quite good.
I did use fairly random colours – not happy ones I don’t think but they will be good for generic backgrounds. More about that some other time.
I love gelatine plate printing, can’t wait to do some more! Have you had a go? Would love to see what you’re up to. JP