|Postcard - metallic bird on branch by Sheree McKee|
|stencil with holes practice|
The idea is to use a soft gelatin plate as a base,
apply acrylic paints with a roller brayer, then
take tools-masks-stencils to add texture or relief.
Finally, you will press fabric or paper onto the
plate to pick up some unique mono prints!
Layering colors and texture results in surface art
that is perfect for embellishing your fabric postcards.
I made quite a mess with my first attempts.
I am not an artist, so I wasn't quite prepared
|rubber comb drag|
I will provide you with a list of Things I Did Wrong
at the bottom so you can learn from my mistakes.
In my first batch of experiments, I used a 6"x6"
Gelli Arts plate and colored scrap fabrics. I wasn't
too impressed with any of the results.
The 3 samples to the right are actually rejects
that never got used in any of my postcards.
|overkill - just plain ugly!|
If you are new to monoprinting, there are a ton of
YouTube videos with spectacular ideas! I spent two
evenings watching many, when I should have been
hands-on playing around! Here's a few unique ones:
There are several brands of gelatin plates you can purchase, but they aren't cheap!
There are also many shapes - square, rectangle, circular. And how about
the best idea yet... you can actually make your very own gelatin plates!
Gelli Arts LLC - Gelli Plate
Stampendous - Creative Palette
CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS magazine
by Interweave Press
Offers a free downloadable e-book
when you register at their website.
TUTORIAL MAKE A GELATIN PLATE
The Sketchbook Challenge blog by
Leslie Tucker Jension
DVD GELATIN PLATE PRINTED JOURNAL
Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop
by Kari McKnight Holbrook
FUN TUTORIAL using donut shaped gelatin plate
Bonkers Handmade Originals blog by
VISIT THIS TUTORIAL using just plastic trays
Millande Art Studio blog by
FREE PDF FILE ~ INTRO TO MONOPRINTING
by OpusArtSupplies.com in Canada
Don't hang wet prints over a chair back, because they just
might fall paint-side down onto your carpet like several of mine did!
Therefore a lot of paint dried on my stencils,
Oh no, I didn't know how fast acrylic paint dries on brushes etc.,
There are even stay-wet palettes to prevent drawing moisture out of the paint.
|Sheree McKee 2015 combing, bubble wrap, and stencil|