Printing is definitely the flavour of the…… well, more than the month. Everyone wants to use it in their work, and I’m sure that most of the reason is that Gelli plates are everywhere on the internet.
I love printing, and have used it to create texture, both on fabric and paper, for many years. I was first introduced to mono-printing by the late Vicky Lugg, and for a long time continued using the techniques she taught using perspex sheets as a base. I developed it further by wrapping these sheets with clear food wrap for extra texture, and this can also be used to enclose other items to create patterns within the prints. Currently, however, even though I have a Gelli plate, I’m using another technique that I honestly think is more versatile, and this is a brief introduction.
The best bit about this is that it is a very cheap way to produce prints. All you need is
paint or ink,
some way of applying the paint (credit-type card, paintbrush or brayer)
a mouse mat encapsulated in a polythene bag!
If the bag fits snuggly (just smooth it out and stick with masking tape on the reverse) the prints are lovely and smooth, but if you leave just a little bit of air in the bag before applying the masking tape you can begin to see the possibilities of texture
Of course, you CAN use sharp objects on the surface – because, it’s only a replaceable polybag on the surface. The technique I’ve shared is just the tip of the iceberg. For instance…. what happens if you put textured items inside the bag…… corrugated cardboard, metal washers…… you get the idea, and you could even put a pattern underneath so that you know exactly where to put the colour.
Many of my sketchbooks are covered with prints including the one below which was made in several layers.
Fancy a try? Don’t forget to link back to this post.