Experimenting with Gelatin Printing

One of the many interesting ways to monoprint is with gelatin plates. Our thanks to Elna Gravelle and Gill Kidd for this months blog feature and these inspirational images.

The first plates we made were with gelatin and water. These deteriorated quickly although we discovered that the cracks and mouldy areas added to the designs that we printed so this was not seen as a negative.

Gelatin plates made with glycerin are much longer lasting.

You will find the instructions to make a permanent gelatin plate at this website: http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2014/08/homemade-permanent-gelatin-plate


Gelatin plate, paints, tools and some of the resists used


The images below some of the thin objects which can be used as resists and thicker objects which can be printed directly onto the inked plate to create patterns.


Resists and objects


objects printed onto plate


gelatin #4
lace printed with black over a multi coloured background


Grasses used as a resist and printed over coloured fabric


Multi layeringL printed fabric, rusted, gelatin printed with round moulding plate and stamped.


layer of painted fusible added on top of above image.


Images shown above and below: leaves used as a resits



gelatin # 10
Images above and below: printed with iris leaves


gelatin #11


Printed with a cracked gelatin plate