1. Something to use as a printing plate. Here, I'm using a nice flat cookie sheet, but a piece of glass (use caution) from an old frame would work, as well. Even a piece of glossy cardstock will work, just make sure the surface underneath is level.
3. Stuff to make marks with. In the finished prints you will see I used the end of a toilet paper tube, some big bubble wrap, and some paper cut-outs. You could also use a chopstick, leaves, doilies, paper flowers, string, feathers--pretty much whatever you don't mind getting painty. (Note that on a gelatin plate, you should NOT use anything that will actually scratch into the soft surface of the gel!)
5. Paper. Lots of paper. Again, use whatever you have. I like printing on deli wrap, envelopes, thinner papers like printer paper, and book pages. But again, you will want quite a lot on hand--once you start printing, it's hard to stop. Plus, you may as well have fun experimenting while you have all this out, making plenty of prints with lots of layers of painty fun.
Protect your work area with some newspaper.
|removing paint with the end of tp tube|
adding paint with the end of a tp tube on the cookie sheet
|print using tp tube to add circles|
|using bubble wrap and multiple layers|
|using bubble wrap|
using bubble wrap, heart cut-outs, and book pages
If you enjoyed this DIY monoprinting hack process, chances are pretty good you'll LOVE printing with an actual gelatin plate--I know I do! You can find Gel Press plates and tools HERE at Altered Pages, and brayers HERE.
If you'd like to see a few more prints from this session, you can find them HERE today at my blog, easily amused, hard to offend. And thanks to the girl child, I'm now trying to work the instagram. While I'm not very good at it yet, one thing I CAN do is find the people who follow me. So, if you're an arty friend and follow me, I'll (eventually) find you, as well--I'm just nosy like that! (This is instagram me.)