I had a fun session demonstrating to Plymouth University Students and technical staff a few weeks ago. It was a small group but with assessments going on at the moment I quite understood the group size!. With students coming from many different courses it was interesting to see the different approaches. Sometimes its difficult for people to be confident about an approach which requires overprinting. However, once they got going they began to see how this created a rich print with depth. even the letterpress technician Paul got a few layers into his print. We all enjoyed he session though and I hope they took something from it apart from the recipe!
Had a really fun Jelly Printing session last night with Nichola Beaumont (Nicky) Jenny Hale and Mary Harold at Nicky’s Studio at Court Farm near Lamerton. Lovely studio space (hurry up and get your barn done Jo!!)
Monoprinting on my Jelly plate and the two silicone plates I had taken along with me. Jenny had bought some pre cut stencils of deer to use, inspired by the herd who live in her local woods; a place she visits everyday to draw and think. Jenny impressed me with her colour mixing and her grasp of colour names. Mostly because of my own approach to words like Cerulean (which I have, obviously, never really looked at in detail (my own pronunciation nearer to Corrolee’an!) but knowing the names of the colours that you need to mix to make a certain colour: A skill which I have never really mastered using instinct and the hands over the box of tubes approach myself. Intuitive but definitely not masterly in my case. I even have a book which I bought 3 years ago designed specifically to help me get to grips with colour (not necessarily mixing them) but to do with tone and hue, which I still have not actually moved into the real world and tried my hand at.
It was very interesting to watch the different approaches and the outcomes too. Follow this with a relaxed meal (absolutely delicious) and a glass of wine – What a perfect fun evening.
Using a gelatine slab (Gelli Plate Printing) to create subtly marked monotypes. An idea for a set of Illustrated concertina artists books about imagined ‘Conversations’. I am working on then using an inked Folex paper to produce figures with a monotyped line. Using the marks left by the gelatine imperfections. I pick out figures by placing tracing paper over and looking, as we do, for that Anthropomorphic connection to the marks. Because the process is random it is likely that there will be no people on some pages or even no people in a whole book (Hope not!)
Making Gelli Plate Prints
Making gelli plates using saturated sugar with surgical spirit (rubbing Alcohol) and leaf gelatine is a simple way of creating a plate which you can use as a printing medium. Some people skim off he bubbles and scum as it is made but I leave it as I like the imperfections and texture it creates in my prints. These prints were made on a plate with too little surgical spirit which had actually gone a bit mouldy. I cleaned off the mould and the plate was wonderfully pockmarked.