Printmaking samples…

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.

multiple drop monoprint
Image 1 – multiple drop monoprint

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. 

monoprint
Image #2 – monoprint
Image #2 – This image was made by applying two colors of paint onto the gelatin plate & blending them together.  After the ink/paint was applied I used a textured plate to imprint a background pattern and then placed pine needles on top of the paint.  I decided to use black print paper for a sharp contrast between the paint & the background.
multiple drop monoprint
Image #3 - multiple drop monoprint
Image #3 – This print was made on green paper.  The rectangular base color was a “shadow” print from a previous composition.  The next layer was made using a round gelatin plate, it is also a shadow print of a leaf.  The following layer was made with white ink covered with lace, followed by a shadow prints from the same ink.
mulitple drop monoprint
Image #4 - mulitple drop monoprint
Image #4 – This image was made in a similar fashion to the second image above, the base print was made by applying muliple colors of paint onto the gelatin plate & blending them together. After the ink/paint was applied I used a textured plate to imprint a background pattern. I then inked the plate with black paint, for a sharp contrast between the paint & the background, then I placed various leaves on top of the paint and printed the second layer.
With their permission I hope to show some of my student’s work soon too! 

 

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