Gelli Plate Monotype Prints

You don’t need a press to create monotypes, all you need is a gelli plate, some water based Akua printmaking inks, and printmaking paper! demonstrate every step of the process, showing wiping techniques, brush techniques, registration, and the printing process to create a monochromatic monotype. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Owen Rival.

Video Walkthrough

  • Monotypes are prints that can only be printed once.
  • Monotypes are contrary to the definition of printmaking, which is about images that can be reproduced.
  • The convenience of creating monotypes without a press.
  • Gel printing plates allow you to print in a home studio.
  • Akua intaglio inks are water based.
  • Water based printmaking ink vs. oil based printmaking ink.
  • Using a light board to see the image more clearly while working.
  • Wipe away technique: rolling the entire gel plate with ink first.
  • Highlights are wiped away with a cotton rag.
  • Bristle brushes can create texture and brush techniques.
  • Creating a registration sheet for getting accurate printing.
  • Cleaning up gel plates using baby wipes.
  • Creating “ghost” prints.

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