Here are a few of the prints that I created during last weeks nature-based art class. These were all printed using a gelatin (yes, like Jello) plate for the printing surface and acrylic paint as “ink”. The paint is either rolled or brushed on the gelatin plate, the print paper is laid on top of the paint and then you use your hands to rub & smooth the back of the paper. The gelatin releases the paint onto the paper and when you peel the paper off of the plate you have a print. To intergrate the leaves & shapes into the print you lay them on top of the inked plate before putting the paper in place. When you remove the paper from the plate you get the blank silouette/outline of whatever item you laid on the plate. If you remove the leaf/item from the plate it will leave a detailed image on the plate which you can print either as an additional layer on the original print or on a second piece of paper. Often there is enough ink/paint left on the plate to make subsequent “shadow” prints. These shadow prints make a nice “base” to print a different composition on top of or can stand alone.
Image #1 – This image was printed first with red ink/paint, then later a different arrangment of leaves, etc. were printed on top of the red print using black ink/paint.