What a strange January we are having weather-wise in the south (of Oz). We've had some really lovely days like today, a most pleasant 25C or so with balmy breezes and lots of sunshine. Bliss on a stick, especially with the lower night temperatures that cool the house.
Tomorrow it will be flaming bloody hot again, with not much relief overnight which I really hate - sleep is fitful. We watch for fires, hope everyone is safe, send best wishes to the fire-fighters and attend our own local Country Fire Authority and Municipal briefings.
Onto the business of the desk - I learned about printing with a Gelli Plate. I know that printing with a gelatine plate is not new and even found a recipe for making one's own. This Gelli Plate is made with some kind of silicone impregnated with mineral oil to keep it moist and pliable, and probably to give it water repellent properties.
Of course I wanted to know more so found an art & quilting shop in Canberra where they sell Gellies on-line. They sent it along very quickly and here are some of the first prints from this morning's efforts.
|Here is the first run, with the packet label sitting on top of the plate.|
- Don't use too much paint. Everything gets cloggy and the colours are lost in the soup.
- Press firmly and smoothly across the whole print area so as to make a complete print.
- Don't get so carried away that you forget to clean the brayer until thinking about it at 4 a.m.
|Journal page and the stencils that I used.|