Monoprinting on a gelatin surface offers options far beyond the basics you get with a hard print plate. What I think of as the squish factor, the softness and malleability of the plate, allow you to press designs through the openings of a stencil to great effect. The tacky surface of the plate allows for positioning of masks and other bits that would usually slip around on a hard plate. In short, working with a squishy plate is superior to just about any other surface.
Until recently, your options for this kind of monoprinting were to make a sheet of gelatin or the Gelli Plate.
In January I was in California attending the CHA show and was thrilled to discover a new entry in the synthetic gelatin plate marketplace: the Gel Press Reusable Gel Print Plate.
The Gel Press folks were kind enough to provide me with samples to play with and I was thrilled to discover that these plates are perfect. They’re squishy, clear, work beautifully, and the prices are excellent.
Today I’m happy to share the video and to announce that we’re stocking 4 sizes of the Gel Press Plates:
This first video is an introduction to the plates and some very simple techniques. I have much more planned, but wanted to begin as simply as possible to get everyone up to speed.
We’re still giving away FabScraps Metal Filigrees though the offer ends this Friday the 5th – details at the end of the post.
Supplies For This Video:
FabScraps Freebie Details: Each $10 you spend (excluding gift certificates, the cost to ship, or any applicable sales tax) will earn you one of the Filigrees. If you spend $20, we’ll send two. $30 will get you three and so on, all with the same exclusions.
Here’s the most important thing: there is no limit to the number of Filigrees you can earn. When we’ve run this promotion in the past, it’s not unusual to see us send ten or fifteen of the Filigrees with an order, and often there are a few that earn far more. We have enough variety to be able to send at least 30 or so without any duplication, so we’re not going to bombard you with a bunch of the same ones.