Friday, October 11, 2013

Start With The Best

I've been Gelli printing this week.   These are just a few images of the many papers I printed.  My goal throughout has been to create papers to use for backgrounds for other work, and my working parameters were few ~ Gelli plate, paper, paint, brayer and scraper (old credit card).  No stencils or other mark making tools.  And I've been using my 12 x 14 inch plate (the really big one).

The first two images above ~ the prints were made by rolling paint out with a brayer on palette paper and then rolling it onto the plate, then pulling the print off the plate with paper.  Kind of like brayering directly onto the paper, but using the plate as an intermediary.  For the print directly above, I inked and printed twice with black paint, then twice with burnt sienna.  The print at the very top was pulled after I painted titan buff over the plate following the earlier printing off.  This was late in the day, too, so there was a lot of residual paint left on the plate from prints pulled throughout the session.

These next two images are prints made by scraping paint directly on the plate and then pulling off the print with paper.  I love this -- look at all that residual color from earlier prints.  You don't get that when you scrape paint directly onto paper.

The last images are prints made following Carla Sonheim's method of Gelli printing, again with only plate, paint, paper, brayer and water.





13 comments:

Meg Fowler said...

Lovely papers!!! Makes me want to get out my plates again.

Charlton Stitcher said...

I love the subtle merging of the prints with water - such wonderful random shapes - lovely.
I must Gelli print some more ...

PamelaArtsinSF said...

I love these -- and thanks for telling us how you did it. I am asking for a gelli plate for Xmas! Wish I could come over and play with paint with you.

jenclair said...

Oooh--these will make great backgrounds!

Sandra Rude said...

These are all wonderful. I'll look forward to seeing them with more and different layers on top of the prints.

MegWeaves said...

Wonderful to look at. Do I want to get into this? Oh... maybe... Or go back to my looms??? Oh.... decisions, decisions...

Irene said...

These are so neat, Connie. You must have a heck of a good time making them. Credit cards are good for something, aren't they?

john said...

Marvelous backgrounds. There is something so soothing about using the gelli plates. Thanks for all of your descriptions on the processes.

Jeanne Aird said...

Great textures Connie! Some of them remind me of ancient ruins. Others remind me of bark, or icebergs, cave interiors, etc. Looking forward to seeing the wonderful way you will use these. Definitely make me want to get out my monoprinting supplies. I use white, acrylic cutting boards to monoprint. They work really well, have a great texture, clean up well and were cheaper than the gelli plates. 3 asssorted sizes for about $11.00 at Target.

Karen Isaacson said...

those are so delicious.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Connie. All very lovely, but I just want to dive into the third one with the oranges and blues.....So intense!
best, nadia

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

What an amazing variety of color and textures! Seems like a great day to explore and just play with color. I am new to your site and will return!

girlunwinding said...

They are all so much fun! I think I will have to break out my geli plate again. It's been awhile and there is nothing like playing with paint with no agenda to get things going creatively speaking.
~Dawn