Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Gelatine printing

I know I'm late to the party, but I spent the afternoon gelating printing and had so much fun I had to share it here!

Yesterday I made a gelatine plate (please watch Linda Germain's videos on how to do that! She's got amazing tips and tricks, I learned a lot from her!) and then I got into a bit of a panic: I couldn't find my brayer. It wasn't with my other art stuff that was still in boxes since our move in December, but thankfully today I found it hidden away in box in the bottom of the wardrobe. Yeah, no idea either... But at least I could start playing! Within minutes, my testle table looked like this: And my hands looked like this: but it was so much fun!

Here are the results of my first go at gelatine printing: Lessons learned:
* Make masks out of thicker paper. Printing paper doesn't hold up and doesn't always show up.
* Hunt down more objects to make marks on the plate, although sequin waste is fun!
* Have thicker paper at the ready for printing. I now used printing paper, envelopes and index cards, next time I want to make paper I can use for collage.
* For best result, use ligher colours on the first layer, and darker on the layers after that. Not the other way around, unless you're using white.

Sadly I had to cut my plate down as it broke early on in the process, but that will not stop me playing again within the next few days. I have a couple of cards and tags that are begging for a second layer....


  1. save those cut off bits and melt them down in the microwave to make small plates!

  2. If only you had told me that earlier... ;)

  3. I've made my own plate too and when it's really damaged, I melt everything in a pan and pour it in a large baking tin and put it in the fridge. The next day your plate is as good as new!
    And when I know I won't be using the plate for some time, I save it in chunks in the freezer, it will stay good for a long time!
    Love what you have made!!!