One way to work up an image when you are gelatin printing is to ink sections of the plate rather than cover the whole plate with a thin layer of ink.
This will allow for:
- Interesting division of space
- More control over layers
- A stronger range of value – dark to light
Today I printed on 4 sheets of paper with a couple of fresh leaves and mostly red, yellow and orange speedball water based block printing inks,
I did not have a plan. I just wanted to play with working with:
- limited stencils
- a couple of colors and
- working parts of plate separately
I collected all the detailed impressions on one sheet of paper.
This one was a “catch all” sheet of paper and I did not print with a lot of intention and in the end it all came together. I think that is an important approach to gelatin printmaking.
“Let go and be in the flow.”
If you would like some more guidance on gelatin plate printmaking then check out the online self study workshop – Gelatin Printmaking.