Friday, November 14, 2014

Back To Monoprinting

     Now that I'm working on a larger piece again, the first step is to monoprint the background fabrics. I wanted to have several color choices to choose from and this piece is about a walk in the woods in the early morning. So I needed to use greens for the foliage, oranges for the sunrise, and blues for the water of the lake that I came upon. I mixed my own colors starting with acrylic paints of cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, and titanium white. I added equal amounts of Golden's GAC 900 Fabric medium which allows the paint to play well with fabric. I also used Jacquard's colorless extender to thin the paint so that it would be more transparent on the fabric.
     This is the first time I used the actual Gelli plate. Before this I used my home-made gelatin plates. When I took the Gelli plate out and spread the paint on, it kept beading up. I thought maybe I just had to break it in and do a few prints. But it kept beading up. I was getting ready to contact the company when I realized that I had not removed the protective plastic cover! I got some interesting prints that way, though.
     Here are some prints I got off the actual plate.
reminds me of sun reflecting on the water,
impressionistic style

might be good for background in the woods
with a foreground on top

another background

I like the white "resists" I got in this one
All of these will be cut up and used in pieces and have other elements added on top, but they are a good beginning as the bottom layer for backgrounds for what I have in mind.
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  1. hilarious! The plastic film was probably invisible, so yea! you found it before you called. It's like when my husband asks, did you reboot? grrrr.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    1. I suppose I should read the directions more carefully.

  2. Great results. I especially like the first one. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

    1. I like the first one, too. It could almost stand alone with stitching on it.

  3. Sometimes the Gelli plate will act this way too. It is the mineral oils in the plate leaching out. I print the 1st print expecting it, or you can rub it off with a paper towel. I do like the effects you got with the plastic too.

    1. So far my Gelli plate, itself, hasn't beaded up like the plastic cover did. But it does behave a little differently than the regular gelatin plate.


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