A Peek at Gel Plate Printing

It’s been a hectic summertime. Heck, it’s been an active YEAR. And that can imply falling back on tasks, such as keeping this blog and the Artistic Artifacts YouTube channel updated. So I intended to pop in with a fast surface layout trial– watch as I monoprint on a Gel Press-PolyGel Gel Plate on material.

As you see, monoprinting is easy– as well as I can tell you it is addicting! Simply apply your paint, ink, and so on with a brayer or other tool, make your mark with textures and push your substrate onto the plate and rub gently. Then just raise the print and admire!

Below is a view of the fabric monoprint I created in the Imaginative Clip. I worked with the manufacturers to formulate our Artistic Artifacts Liquid Fabric Paints to make sure that it had the top qualities to make it an optimal paint for gel plate monoprinting: a very easy flow uniformity right out of the capture bottle, high coloring, and permanent on fabrics.

When brayering, your paint colors can stay somewhat distinctive as in my red as well as yellow swatch, or you can mix them together to develop an entirely new color, as in the below example.

While acrylic-based paints such as our paints are one of the most popular choices, a wide range of tool can be applied. The maker of the Gel Press Plates notes that they have seen prints developed with everything from tempera to oil pigments sticks, alcohol inks as well as more. They provide this pointer: if you can clean the media off the plate with products you would certainly use to cleanse your hands, after that it ought to work well on home plate.

You have so many alternatives to produce structure and also pattern in your paint before you pull your print! Visualized above left is a massaging plate perception (Cedar Canyon Massaging Plates are marketed in sets of 6 and also are deeply printed with patterns); right is a stencil in position on a round printing plate.

And also we all understand my love of wooden printing blocks … their texture suggests they are terrific to grab paint off home plate, as in the instance above, leaving a design behind. And obviously that filled wood block is quickly stamped onto an additional item of material or paper!

I assumed you may take pleasure in seeing this photo of the patchwork visualized on top of this blog post (thoroughly; the full shot is below) while it was in progression. That’s Jamie Malden of Coloricious including the white wood block prints to our gel plate published fabric blocks. I borrowed this photo from Liz Pot of Fabric Development’s 2013 “3 Artists + 3 Days = Creative Frenzy.” post. Jamie remained in the united state and we were lucky enough to organize her for a block printing class; Liz remained in town also, so the 3 of us set aside a couple of days to do some innovative collaborating below at Artistic Artifacts. (My March 2020 Block Printing Excursion of India is a Coloricious Vacation– join me for this when in a lifetime experience!

I wish this message motivates you to attempt monoprinting or various other surface area style strategy– developing your very own fabric or paper is really rewarding as well as guarantees your completed art work is really one-of-a-kind.

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