When I make prints on the gel plate, I don’t always know what I am going to do. One day I may do circles and ribbon, another some birds, and one day I did teapots. The teapot came from a photo I took of my Yellow Teapot painting.
I cut out the teapot and used contact paper to water/paint-proof the stencil. Then I made many prints. What I considered to be ‘unsuccessful’ went into a pile while I considered what to do with them.
On Boxing Day I ordered the Tonic Stamping platform so that I could easily register my prints. One of the hardest things to do when printing off of a raised surface is to get it to register properly. This stamping platform makes it a lot easier as you can line everything up before you add paint to the gel press. I used a limited palette of acrylic paint with some gold metallic and embellished some with colored pencils. When printing on the teapot, I had to make a mask for the background. It was in some ways a complicated procedure as when I used a stencil on the teapot, I put the stencil on first and then the mask. Sometimes it worked well. Doing the background was a lot easier as I only had to place the teapot template onto the print to mask it off.
Although not perfect, they look much better and I am quite happy with them. Now when I look at what I considered to be my ‘successful’ prints, I am no longer sure they are. I am thinking that I may need to re-visit them and do some more work. At least I have something to keep me busy for a while!
Until next time, Happy Creating!