I gave my new gelatine plate a try out the other day and made several prints to use as textured backgrounds for some upcoming projects.
I used ordinary acrylic paint and discovered that it takes a little practice to water it down to get the correct fluidity. If you paint it on too thick, it doesn’t look very good at all when printed on fabric. However after a few attempts I finally got the hang of it and the last print I made which is the orange/yellow/green, turned out quite nice. To make this print, I simply applied the paint to the surface of the gelatine plate in a random manner using a large paint spatula, one color layer at at time.
However in the process of lifting the plate to return it to its tray I dropped it, and well this is what happens when you drop a gelatine plate …
Luckily with this type of permanent gelatine plate all you need to do to restore it, is pop it in the microwave, melt it and then pour it back into the mold. Good as new and ready to use again. More experiments in monoprinting coming soon.