Friday, May 31, 2013

Gel Printing Plate, Continued.

Well, not as quickly as I had hoped but here are some more pictures of my first experience of gel plate printing. I have been focused on my daughter's prom, visiting relatives and all the other activities that keep us all so busy this time of year. The gel plate I used was a home made one. I wanted to try it out before committing to a store bought ones which are a bit of an investment. I found this YouTube video by Linda Germain,  follow those links for some great tutorials and inspiration from her work using gelatin plates for printing.
I used cut outs from Tyvek envelopes to make most of my stencils and masks because I wanted them to hold up to the moisture of the paint. I did cut out some paper but they were getting weak as I worked on more prints. The paint I used was Designers Gouache. At first, I was not too taken with the process, but as with anything you learn you have to give yourself a chance to discover more and see where it takes you. Seriously, my first couple of prints I was not captured, but I continued and the magic happened.
Gel plate mono printing
I definitely got into this gel plate printing the more I tried it. It evolved into a consuming experience. Since I devoted a whole day (and into the evening) to this new technique I think it is quite okay to admit I ended up with over fifty printed pieces.
Secondary prints are so cool too. These are made from using the residual paint on the plate and removing the stencils/masks and pulling another print. These were printed on Paris Bleed Proof paper from Borden & Riley, which is a smooth coated card stock that picks up all the tiny details of the secondary prints. Certainly not what this paper was made for but I like how it well it worked. On the primary prints I used bristol and other papers like grid paper.
Gel plate mono printing

Gel plate mono printing

Gel plate mono printing

Gel plate mono printing

Gel plate mono printing
Yes, I know it is messy, but that is normal I hope. ;-)
Gel plate mono printing

Gel plate mono printing
The masks became quite colorful and grabbed a lot of paint which would then transfer to other prints. Because of the re-hydration nature of gouache this was quite effective.
I can now see why gel plate printing is so popular in today's mixed media community.
I expect I will be doing more. I hope to have all my prints shot and uploaded onto my Flickr within a few days and will let you know, so check back or click the follow button. Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gel Plate Printing

Well, I did it....I made the leap into gelli printing plates. I have been waiting to try this medium but with no luck with so much going on in my life lately.  My lovely brilliant daughter Rosemary is getting ready to graduate from high school and that brings many activities and a full schedule.  But, today when I had a full day to journey into my studio, I jumped into the colorful process of gel plate printing in full force. 
Mono prints with a gel printing plate
Here is a glimpse of the process.
Mono prints with a gel printing plate
I will share the details with you tomorrow.
Mono prints with a gel printing plate
But for now trust me when I say this is fun stuff.
Mono prints with a gel printing plate

Mono prints with a gel printing plate
Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Published!

Yay! Just got published in #SomersetStudio gallery 2013!! Go buy a copy and check it out!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stamping an Ornamental Pattern

Here is a look at the paper I stamped out for my Blotter Pad Book cover.
Stamping an Ornamental Pattern
Using my own hand carved stamp, a piece of over sized Post-it paper and Cherry ink by Marvy.
Well I stamped away, something I LOVE doing. Stamping...ahh so much fun. I so enjoy the simple process of stamping out patterns, it's definitely zen like for me.
Stamping an Ornamental Pattern
Pardon the tiny bit of blur in the pictures but the color is what I want to highlight,  as well as the movement of the pattern as it goes across the paper. 
Stamping an Ornamental Pattern
Try this out and play with it a bit on some scratch paper.
If you try this you will find that allowing for the lighter shades of the same color to be stamped adds different values. Two ways to do this is to 1. stamp off a second time after the first stamp 2. lightly ink stamp.
As always and every time use a blotter pad to save all the extra stamped images for future collage.
Have fun and let me hear from you.
Oh yes,  here is a look at the paper made into a book
Art Blotter Pad Book
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