And a cool video showing how to create some of these awesome art designs -
People have been doing monoprinting for ages using glass plates, gelatin plates, and lots of other smooth surfaces. I experimented with making my own gelatin plates using Knox gelatin and did have some success with it. Here is a link to start your research for making your own if you like - Making Your Own Gelatin Plate. Just go to Linda Germain's Blog for tons more tips and techniques.
Although Linda makes it look super easy, there are some drawbacks to using a gelatin plate. For starters, the gelatin must be kept in the fridge and it does breakdown easily. It also does NOT last forever. More like 10 days to 2 weeks.
So....I requested a Gelli Plate for my birthday and I got one! I'm very grateful for my hubby and my Gelli Plate. :) I'll be playing with it and creating all kinds of cool art really soon once things settle down from the holidays.
Until I get to create some prints using my Gelli Plate, here are a few images of artwork that I created using my homemade gelatin plate and a very smooth piece of laminated shelving.
I'm looking forward to seeing how different my prints will be with the Gelli Plate!
Here's another video showing a few more techniques using the Gelli Plate. Gelli Arts now has 3 sizes of Gelli Plates to choose from.
What's on your Christmas Wish List? Got anything artsy on your list that you would care to share with us? I'd love to hear!
Happy Creative Holidays! :)