gel plate monoprints

Here’s a technique to make colorful and textured monoprinted papers.

“Monoprint” indicates that we get a unique print off the printing plate, never the same print twice like printing a newspaper where we get a kajillion prints per run.

Here’s the printing surface, a gel plate made out of plain gelatin:

gel plate and brayer for spreading paint thinly

gel plate and brayer for spreading paint thinly

An artist shared online how to make our own dang gel printing plate!  (Gelatin Printmaking – Monotype Prints by Linda Germain.)  That’s what I did.  Very easy and cheap!  It’ll last a couple of weeks in the fridge before, er, degrading.  A look around her website and I found a bit that describes how to rejuvenate the plate!

To the paint on the gel plate, add stencils or shapes.  Then “pull” a print by laying a sheet over the plate and rub the back.  Peel the sheet off and see the magic.  Can never tell what you’re going to get!

monoprinted papers

monoprinted papers

The fun part is printing over a page that has already been printed once or twice!

monoprint with masks and stencils

monoprint made with masks and stencils

Of course, I had no goal when I was creating these sheets, except to just try and see what happened.

Later, while dinking around on the Web, I found a video by an artist who gave us an idea what to do with all those enthusiastically printed sheets!   People are so generous!  Felicia Borges, Ombre Collage – Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.  (In her video, she is using a commercially made gel printing plate.)

Here’s what I ended up with from all those prints:


Monoprints with acrylic paint on 16×20-inch canvas




16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nadbugs
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 14:07:12

    WOW. Spectacular.


  2. 10000hourstobe
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 14:55:38

    OMG! It’s beautiful. You did it. You are amazing, L.


    • lahgitana
      Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:15:11

      Hey you! Thank you! This morning I finished the back except for staples. Then it’s varnish time. Matte good for this one?!

      Painting are you? <:-D


  3. ephemeral gecko
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:18:45

    Love the collage! Wow! :D


  4. Pix Under the Oaks
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 16:52:26

    Very cool! Don’t you just love it when a door opens?


  5. Dianda
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 08:10:47

    That last one is simply beautiful!


  6. Jude
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 14:15:05

    You’re just too darned clever! I love your wonderful sunrise picture. Eat your heart out Van-Gogh!


  7. Jude
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 06:55:36

    And you’ve just written a post about when and how ideas come us!


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