I have had gelatin prints on my to-do list for a very, very long time.
And then a couple of weeks ago I decided to do it for an artist date for this week, so I was super excited when Kristin decided to do it for this week in her tutorial try out, it all seemed very meant to be!! :)
As I mentioned here, I am also claiming this as an artist date (possibly my most successful artist date so far!).
Karen also has a lot of information here, and here. It was Karen’s picture of the cheese cloth that totally excited me all over again most recently about trying gelatin printing. The level of detail was incredible to me. I have also completely been completely inspired by Tammy’s pages here, here (I fell for those black leaves!) and here.
And then I went crazy, like an insane person and couldn’t stop making prints.
This was not even all of them. I am not sure what I am going to do with my stack. Though many are not yet finished and I have been having more ideas I want to play with, with some of the backgrounds I am not so in love with.
Here are some of my prints as they are right now…
I mostly used open acrylics and a couple of my heavy bodied acrylics, but I did try my india ink (this one was on tissue paper).
This india ink was on normal paper…
I then had some black block printing ink and OH MY GOSH. The detail.
Completely ripped off Karen (see my above link)!
Here are children’s hand prints (I will also note that Master Nine did not ink his hands willingly, and questioned how many mothers would make their children do this. I did mention to him that some mothers didn’t cook dinners from what I hear, though I fully intended to continue to cook his meals at this stage (though I was sorely tempted to keep printing)).
Just like a photocopy, I can’t even tell you the joy. Look at the detail…
Geeky love was had!
I seriously considered becoming one of those mothers who doesn’t cook, so I could keep on printing. Though I would hate to think what Sebastian would say then about my mothering choices. :)
On my run today I decided I wanted to add some words to some of my pieces. Also I want to play with silhouettes like Carmen did here. So many ideas have been had. I should in fact probably note them down so I can remember.
The edges of my plate crumbled a bit after 5 days and LOTS of prints. So I wanted to try Linda’s method of remelting the gelatine and making another plate (because I love the whole professor in a white coat aspect of that), and it worked beautifully. I cleaned off most of the paint and the remelting worked really well. I just folded it up, popped it in the microwave for just under 2 minutes until it was completely melted and poured it back into the dish. Easy peasy.
Loved this and so glad I finally got around to it. :)