I often forget that the average person does not know what an original print is. I was reminded of this at the crafter’s fair at the River Ruckus in Haverhill this past weekend.
I try to use familiar words and concepts to describe the monotype process, but I often lose them in the first few sentences. I should have had my video with me, or maybe some process pictures. I found a fun and interactive slideshow from the folks a MOMA. It explains what a print is and gives great examples.
Sometimes the mystery of printing on Jello, holds the viewer’s interest for a while. It is such a user friendly process – I need to find the words to create a bridge to understanding printmaking and monotype printing.
A gelatin monotype print is a one of a kind original print. It is created by making marks in a thin layer of ink on the surface of a plate of gelatin. Gelatin is soft and malleable and can hold delicate details. These details are transferred to paper by hand pressure alone. This is the beauty of gelatin printmaking, the transfer of delicate details by hand pressure alone. It is a water based non-toxic process that is experimental and user friendly. I think it is easier to watch the video.
Or join me for a day of gelatin play – check out the dates here.