A while ago I was asked by the
Gauche Alchemy Mamas
to have a go at
with a view to preparing a tutorial
to go with a kit they planned to include
in their shop.
I wasn't particularly pleased with
the results I achieved,
especially considering the faff and time
involved, and in the end it was mutually
agreed not to go ahead with a
gelatin print kit.
I thought it'd be worth sharing my results
with you and I'll be interested to
hear about any of your experiences.
I looked online for information about
gelatin printing and powdered gelatin
was recommended, but I could only get
(fine leaf, platinum grade too,
nothing but the best for me!).
I used roughly double the amount of leaves
to the amount of water recommended
because I wanted the resulting plate to be
able to withstand quite a bit of abuse!
I used a shallow smooth based baking tray
and once made, allowed it to cool and
solidify in the fridge
(my first attempt actually froze due to my
over zealous fridge in the shed, haha).
Now, all the online instructions say that
the gelatin should be removed from the tray,
but mine wouldn't leave,
it clung on for dear life,
so all my printing had
to be done with it still in the tray.
Using a foam brush I covered the gelatin
with acrylic paint and then used lids of
various sizes to make patterns in the paint.
I placed paper on top and used a brayer
to ensure good coverage.
I tried taking a print from the direct print,
but without success.
White paint, black paper.
On the left, plant leaves used as masks.
On the right hand side, rubber stamps
and bubble wrap pressed into the paint.
The photo above isn't blurred,
it's how the print really looks.
Finally, on the left I made a pattern
using the end of a wooden block.
I used that one as the background
for an Index Card (ICAD).
By this time the gelatin plate had degraded
too much to be used any further
(online experiences report people putting
the plate back in the fridge and
using it many times - until it
starts to go mouldy, in fact.
I don't see how this is possible,
maybe they used proper printing ink?).
Ok, so at the end of this experiment
I would have to say that while I enjoyed
the play, I don't think I'd rush to do it again
unless I heard of another way of doing it that
might be more successful.
What I'd REALLY like to get my grubby
little hands on is one of these.......
Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.
All the fun,
none of the faff!
Have you tried gelatin prints?
How successful were you?
What did you do differently to me?!
Please tell :)