Gelli Monotype Printing
Many of our members attend the variety of art workshops and demonstrations that are on offer by different organisations around the country. Recently Jane Clark attended a workshop on Gelli Printing at the Curwen Print Study Centre in Cambridge and she kindly came along to Anna Hughes' house in October to share with other members what she had learnt.
Jane introduced us to the various techniques that are possible with this new medium, the main benefits of which are being able to print with acrylic paints that are quick-drying and the wonderful results it is possible to achieve at home on just the kitchen table. Stencils, printed matter, or other objects such as feathers, leaves or textured surfaces can be placed on the inked-up Gelli plate to achieve single prints, or monotypes, as they are correctly called.
The possibility of running Gelli plate printing sessions, and perhaps other print-making processes, over our final term, is under discussion.
The gelatin 'plate' can be purchased on Amazon or at art materials outlets, such as Seawhite. (Artesave is the public outlet for Seawhite, who are education suppliers.) A roller, acrylic paints and the usual supply of paper, together with a willingness to experiment and have fun with ideas are all you need.
Here are some video link addresses to get you inspired!
Step by step
Leaves and Feathers
A different technique
Drawing on the gelli plate
A first attempt by Julie Gowers