On yesterday’s post, I introduced artist Cathy Savage and presented a few of her original prints created using a gelatin printmaking technique. Today, I pass along the details of this fun process (who doesn’t like playing with jello) so you can try it yourself.
The materials you’ll need:
- unflavored gelatin (Knox brand, etc.)
- mold to form the gelatin slab (plastic container, etc.)
- brayer (a hand roller)
- butcher’s paper or aluminum foil – for covering the work space
- palate, aluminum foil or butcher paper for printing ink
- water-soluble printing ink (Speedball brand, etc.).
- textured objects: plants, jewelry, found objects, paintbrushes, etc.
Measure the amount of water it will take to fill the mold to a 1/2″ to 3/4″ depth. In a saucepan, stir in 2 tablespoons of gelatin for every cup of water required (use cold water to ensure best results). Heat the water to a boil and continue to stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Pour the mixture into the mold and allow it to solidify, leaving it undisturbed in a cool place (preferably the refrigerator) for at least 12 hours.
When you are ready to begin, remove the gelatin from the mold by running a knife dipped in warm water along the edges of the container. Place it on the work surface.
Squeeze printing ink onto your palate (or butcher’s paper) and brayer a thin coat of the ink onto the gelatin mixture (called a plate). Place the objects you’ve selected on top of the inked plate. Gently press the objects down to ensure good contact.
Lay a piece of paper down on top, pressing gently. Lift the paper off. The resulting print is called a negative image.
Now, lift the textured object(s) off the gelatin. Lay a second piece of paper down on the gelatin plate and rub gently. Peel the paper off. This print is called a positive image.
Once you’ve got the basics down you might like to try a few variations, such as collage, plate texture, different inks, stamps, etc… In case you are more of a visual learner, here is a video by Linda Germain, showing the process in action:
You can join Cathy’s mailing list here to learn about her printing workshops.
source: image 1