FREE - Video Tutorial - How to Make the Glycerin and Gelatin Plate for Making Monotypes

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Spring greens can be fragile stencils

I love capturing the texture of leaves, twigs and grasses. Sometimes the first leaves of spring are too weak to make good printing tools. They are too young to hold their shape. If you put them in water and work really fast, then you might be able to get a few good impressions. There are…

Two videos that may inspire you to print and play
make a glycerin and gelatin plate for monotype printmaking

I am sharing the links to 2 videos that may help you. The first one is a very fast clip of my “yoga” printmaking exercise. The purpose is to: build muscle memory suspend judgement make a pile of prints The second video is how I get the gelatin plate out of the pan. This is important if you…

Refreshing the Gelatin Plate
Page protectors make good covers for the homemade gelatin plate

I have not used my homemade gelatin plate in several months. I cut it up and froze it when I realized that I would not be monoprinting for a while. A few days ago I took it out of the freezer Microwaved it slowly Poured it into may shallow pan Let it set up I…

Something new to get jump started
something different than printmaking to get the creativity going linda germain printmaking instructor

Do you ever try something new just to get the creative juices flowing? I stopped in at the local Paint and Wine Lounge and did a Monet Lilies inspired painting. Suspend judgement Get into a supported environment Play, pause and Play some more. Next session of Make Monotypes – the online printmaking course with ink…

gelatin print of a woman with raised arms by linda germain

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Do you love spontaneous printmaking?

Do you have a try it and see what happens attitude?

Then printing without a press is for you.

  • It can be as simple as a found relief stamp or as complicated as a multi colored screen print
  • Printing can open up the art making opportunities for nearly every artist.
  • You can take a drawing and transform it into a screen, a block or a stencil.
  • A photo can be the foundation of a repeatable pattern or image.

Why make prints without a press?  Most folks do not have access to a printing press.  Gel monotypes, thermofax screen prints, and relief block prints are all methods that are readily available to most people.

If you love to make marks, then you will love printmaking without a press.