I had a fun morning running my first home based jelly printing workshop for customers who had bought a voucher at a Christmas Bazaar in December. With three people in my kitchen I am nearly at capacity (even more reason to get on and get my barn waterproofed and warm!) Jan Parker and her daughter Kay and another friend who was keen to have another go at the process worked on their own plates. Each producing very different prints. When Kay said she was a textile artist we even had a go on a lampshade I had been meaning to have a go with myself! Jan had brought some pre-cut stencils with her which meant her work was very much a reflection of her style. I loved the swimmers. Unfortunately my photos really do not do the morning justice.
With lots going on all at once with the Workshop at Torbridge I was intrigued by the translation of the fablon stencils. My snippet of the day was “paper stencils and masks can curl quite quickly so its sometimes a good idea to use Fablon for them” Question in return “Do you just stick the stencils on the fablon?” (Sticky Back Plastic) Me, “Yes”
Outcome – Stencils where stuck on the fablon but not cut around, literally just left where they were in a pattern on the sticky side. rather than pointing out the mistranslation I went with it and suggested they laid it sticky side down on the jelly: Hey presto a very detailed and interesting impression was left on the jelly. The same went for the Silicone plate.
So having placed the fablon on the Jelly/Silicone, it was lifted off and the paper laid on the plate to take the monoprint. Not only were the impressions collograph like in replication but also the fablon marked itself beautifully too. Bonus image