I got my new Gel Press 6×6 inch plate a couple of weeks ago, but today is the first time I have had a chance to try it. Everyone thinks the Gelli-Plate is the only plate for printing, but I have since discovered that there are others. Speedball also makes one. These gel plates are made in the USA. I was looking online for the cheapest one I could find and that is how I learned about the Gel Press (they say they are the original). Since it was only about £10, I decided to go for it. What is the difference between the Gel Press plate and the Gelli-Plate? Not much print-wise. Though I am really loving the Gel Press plate right now. I love the size ( I really like square things) and it seems to be slightly thicker and squidgy-er than my 8×10 Gelli-Plate. I also think it wipes up better with the baby wipes. Print-wise, the paper picks up the paint the same on both.
Today I tried something new, for me. This time I rolled out the paint on some Perspex before I rolled it onto the plate (I added a medium to thin the paint out). This is the ‘normal’ method for mono-printing. This way you don’t get too much paint on the plate. I also prefer the effect. Colors used were Mars Black, Indigo, Burnt Sienna and Paynes Grey.
I had picked some plant matter on my morning walk and made some stencils. These are the first ones I made and are printed on copy paper. There is definitely a method to working with plant matter – especially when it is bulky. (I even found some worms)
Here are some dried maple seeds with a stencil and string. Where I was able to take a ghost print (bottom right), I then layered over a second color. I am really pleased with these. I made quite a few prints and only a few didn’t turn out that great. I am really loving this printing lark!