Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with the Gel Press Plates, playing with different kinds of paint, using stencils, and in general becoming more familiar with ways to add texture and pattern to a print. The more I play the more interested I become, wondering “what if” I do this or that. Those kinds of questions can lead to interesting discoveries since I often don’t quite know what to expect. Some of the time I realize that the “what if” leads to a dead end or a result I don’t care for. Occasionally something really interesting happens; you just never know.
One of the things I’ve realized is that I much prefer to have paper ready to go rather than having to cut it to size. I like using Bristol paper for pulling prints since the surface is very smooth. You’ll also see me work with black paper since it tends to make the most of the metallic paint. Happily, Strathmore’s 6″ x 6″ Artist Tiles fit nicely on the 6″ x 6″ Gel Press Plate.
In today’s video you’ll see that adding texture can be as simple as using a paper towel. Most brands have some sort of pattern embossed on them and you can take advantage of that pattern when you lightly press the paper towel against the paint. Do that through the openings of a stencil and you build pattern within pattern quickly and easily. The patterning of the paper towel adding texture through the stencil openings was one of those “something interesting” things that happen. As Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”. To stumble on those “something interesting” occasions you have to be in the process, elbow deep making art.
You’ll also see me work with our new Joggles Foam Stamps to remove paint in the pattern of the stamp from the surface of the plate. When I filmed this video I only had Bubbles and Wonky Layered Circles to work with, but all of the styles can be used for the lifting paint technique. I’m sure I’ll use them all at one point or another!
Supplies For This Video:
Deli Paper to roll on and clean the paint off of your brayer