Last weekend I made my own gelatin plate for mono-printing. Easy Peasy.......four envelopes of plain gelatin that cost about four dollars and four cups of water then refrigerated for two or three hours and you've just made a "gelli-plate"!
I experimented a bit with acrylic craft paint and stencils and got these results.......
The first papers I printed were very random designs and I tried printing watercolor paper, dried out baby wipe and Rice paper. I really like the baby wipes best, lots of cool texture on the wipe itself.
So, I tried something more controlled...just three blocks of paint on watercolor paper.
After the paint dried I stamped two of the blocks with my hand carved stamps and drew on the third block....each time I learn a little more.
The gelatin plate is holding up just fine and should for a couple weeks.
I have a pretty short attention span, so I'll make some more prints and be ready to move on to something else so, making my own plate is not only cost effective but practical. It was very easy to make the plate should I want to do more prints at another time.
However, if you are going to print a lot of your own papers buying the commercial Gelli plate would be a good deal. Which ever way you go.....it is a blast.
Today I am linking to Julie Balzer's Art Journal Everyday Click here because I stalk her and she inspires me (kidding about the stalking part, not the inspiration part)!