I have had fun in the past experimenting with gelatin plate printing so when I discovered the Gelli printing plate I was pretty interested to work with it too. The Gelli plate has a clear, soft surface. It holds it’s shape, unlike the slow (or sometimes quick) decomposition of gelatin.
I first tried printing on fabric using my usual Jacquard fabric paints. I did not like the response of the paints to the printing plate. I need to experiment further but the paints seemed to react to the plate. Once dry, the paint easily peeled off of my silk, an effect I have not seen before.
My next experiments were much more successful. I made the prints shown here using lightweight cardstock paper shapes. This time I used transparent and semi-transparent Liquitex Basics acrylic paints.
Steps to Monoprinting
1. Smooth a small amount of paint with brayer on the Gelli plate.
2. Quickly arrange cardstock cut-out shapes on plate
3. Align paper over plate
4. Gently but firmly press hand all over paper.
5. Carefully lift paper and set aside.
6. Remove cutouts. Optional, place 2nd paper down to pick up ghost image (paint that remains on the plate.
7. Clean Gelli plate and brayer. (I used wetwipes.)
In other news, a new fabric design available in my shop: Star Attraction.