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Gelli Plate Prints

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Art Supplies: Plexiglass
Art Supplies: Large Breyer
Art Supplies: Cotton Rag
Art Supplies: Akua water based Intaglio Ink
Rives BFK Paper
Bristle brushes for oil painting
Art Supplies: Plastic Scraper
Art Supplies: Acetate
Art Supplies: Gel Printing Plate
Art Supplies: Sharpie Marker
Art Supplies: T-square
Art Supplies: Light Board
Art Supplies: Baby Wipes
Stephanie Gibadlo

Stephanie Gibadlo
Project Assistant

“This was a really fun project to work on! I have used gel printing plates once before, but I still wanted to use this as an opportunity to experiment and see what kinds of images I could make.

I wanted to start simple at first and use a limited blue palette. I really love how you can paint with the ink while using gel printing plates. Overall I’m really happy with the way they came out! I’m glad I got a chance to do prints with the gel printing plate again, and I think I will do more gel printing plate pieces in the future. “

Gel Printing Plate Print, Stephanie Gibadlo

“This project was very eye opening for me as an artist! I’ve always been fascinated with painterly styles and effects, especially in monochromatic art pieces. By watching the monotype tutorial here on Art Prof, I saw how through a subtractive method, so much of the style I loved was created.

Something I have to work on in general as an artist is being patient during the process, and not getting too frustrated when pieces take a long time to complete. However, this method was so refreshing to me because it took such little time while still producing a complete work of art! I love working in series, too, and through printmaking of this kind (and with only ONE gel printing plate) I am able to do so scarily easily.

One thing I have to practice is getting more details in the final piece, because I found that it is hard to gauge the value of the ink when it’s on the plate itself. However, I feel like a light box would have helped immensely (as shown in the tutorial) and I’m going to look into getting one for future projects.

This was probably my favorite of all of the tutorials I’ve been a part of, and I will definitely work more in this medium.”

Ruth Lee

Ruth Lee
Project Assistant

Gel Printing Plate Print, Ruth Lee

“Since I didn’t have proper ink at home, I used acrylic paint instead–but this ended up being much more problematic than I had anticipated.

Even when I tried to work quickly, the paint simply dried too fast and didn’t give me enough time to really develop any good illustration on its surface.  Instead, I decided to use Q-tips to draw in the paint, as it would create bolder lines and thus less surface area with very thin, dryable layers of paint. 

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