Monoprinting using a gelatine plate and other disasters

Posted by LindaM | November 25, 2013

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I gave my new gelatine plate a try out the other day and made several prints to use as textured backgrounds for some upcoming projects.

I used ordinary acrylic paint and discovered that it takes a little practice to water it down to get the correct fluidity. If you paint it on too thick, it doesn’t look very good at all when printed on fabric. However after a few attempts I finally got the hang of it and the last print I made which is the orange/yellow/green, turned out quite nice. To make this print, I simply applied the paint to the surface of the gelatine plate in a random manner using a large paint spatula, one color layer at at time.


However in the process of lifting the plate to return it to its tray I dropped it, and well this is what happens when you drop a gelatine plate …

How to make a Gelatine Plate

Luckily with this type of permanent gelatine plate all you need to do to restore it, is pop it in the microwave, melt it and then pour it back into the mold. Good as new and ready to use again. More experiments in monoprinting coming soon.

How to make a Gelatine Plate

How to make a Gelatine Plate

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  1. Hi Linda,
    The recipe link has the ingredient “alcohol” with a line through it…so should that not be included? So it’s basically just gelatin, glycerin, and water?

    • Hi Linda, I used gelatin, glycerin and water in the amounts specified in the recipe.

  2. silly girl, you can print with the fragments–just adds interest! (ask me how I know this. . .)

    • Hi Kim, yes live and learn 😉 But now I know how it all goes back together again, I’m going to carve some marks into it and see what happens.

  3. Hi Linda, I’m reading with interest your blog. Thank you very much. Is the glycerine you use the same as the one I can find in a supermarket in the baking section?
    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Francoise – I found my glycerine in the pharmacy. I think you just need to make sure that it’s 100% pure and has no additives and I’m sure it will work for you.


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