It’s been a busy morning – very creative vibes. I was reading about gelatin(e) printing yesterday afternoon, and set a gelatine gel plate overnight. I managed to get the sheet more or less intact out of the baking tray using a smidge of hot water round the base and sliding it onto a glass mat. And these are the results of my first play 🙂
Notes to self: (and you dear reader)
- Two sachets of Dr Oetker gelatine in three cups of water was not a strong enough mix. I’ve now added a third sachet and reheated in microwave to dissolve aiming for a firmer gel.
- Don’t dab at the gel to see if it has set – if it hasn’t you’ve ruined your printing surface.
- If there’s not very much paint on the gel, you increase the risk of the gelatine sticking to the paper and tearing as you take it up – this is particularly a problem with absorbent paper. Gel wiped off with a baby wipe without moving the printed paint too much from underneath. Damage to the gel plate added to texture on subsequent printing.
- Lots of fun doing distressed backgrounds on ATCs 🙂
- Wipe the gel plate clean with wet paper towel – I found baby wipe was a little too dry.
- Definitely need to play with this one a lot lot more 🙂