More gelatin prints

"landscape #3" gelatin print, charcoal, pencil (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

In my last post I showed some new images I’d made using a gelatin plate to make monoprints with.  Today I’m going to show you the other half of the process, these are called “ghost” prints. After each layer of the original prints were made there was still a nice amount of color left on the plate so I lined up two additional prints and used the excess paint for their color. The result is always a lighter print that the original but sometimes that ends up being more pleasing than the darker first print!

layer #1, gelatin "ghost" prints (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
multiple layers, gelatin "ghost" prints (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

These are the prints that I added charcoal to during the process – some of which stuck to the plate and was transfered to the original prints.

charcoal added to "ghost" prints (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
charcoal transfered to gelatin plate (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
final layers of gelatin "ghost" prints (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

As you can see, the image on the left was printed backwards during one of the blue layers, a disadvantage of manually placing them vs. the originals that are taped in place. But, not to fear, with a mat added to the image (top of the page) all is not lost! This last print ended up being my favorite:

"landscape #4" gelatin print, charcoal, marker (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

One thing I really like about it is the “happy accident” with the run of blue at the bottom of the image. That’s the joy of this technique – going where the flow takes you!  More prints to share next week, until then…

Go with the flow!


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