Drawing challenge: Plate (gelatin plate)

June 26, 2015

Since Joke announced her lovely drawing challenge: plate, I thought and thought about “plate” as art.

And, you all know me, I’m not happy with an actual plate, although I wondered about going to one of those “decorate your own pottery while we fire it for you” places, and, while I’ve done that before and really liked it, time wise it wasn’t something I could do right now.

So I thought about plates and kept coming back to printing. Printing plates. What kinds of printing plates could I do with limited time and my three little granddaughters under foot?

Gelatin plates!

001 copy copy

I made one in a very shallow tray using my old favourite Oetker gelatin sheets right out of my kitchen. I just made the gelatin a little harder by keeping 1/2 cup of water out of the normal recipe. Then I went outside and got some grass and a piece of sword fern from the garden.

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The first colour I chose was blue. Cerulean blue acrylic, squished out on the gelatin plate and spread with a paint roller.

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Then I spread out a few grasses on the blue paint, lay a sheet of smooth watercolour paper on the gelatin plate and pulled a print.

028 copy copy

Then I rolled a light green paint on the gelatin plate and pressed a piece of sword fern down, and placed the paper back down.

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I love the second print on the first. I love this! How is it that I’ve never done gelatin plate printing before…omg?!? 😀

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Mind you, it’s 30 degrees here today, I did this printing in my studio under the roof, where it’s 35 degrees, and I ruined the gelatin plate after the two prints. But it was so worth it!

034 copy copy

I took the print to my dining room table, (where it’s not so hot), and decided to draw some grass and Queen Anne’s lace on it in ink.

Love it. I can see more gelatin plate prints in my future.

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Pop on over to Joke’s for a big plate full of fun when you have a chance. 😀

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  • Reply tinyWOOLF June 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    oh, so, you mean, the gelatin melts of course, in higher temps. how extraordinary. it seems so fetching you’d come up with gelatin printing, since i’ve been researching the exact process for months now and still have cold feet to actually make a plate. so i’m gonna do that this summer and see how it goes! i’d like to make mine a permanent one, at least i have my actual tray ready already!
    the effect is quite stunning, is it not? i think it makes great backgrounds to further work on like you did.
    great, v. thxs for the first hand info! n?

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 6:17 am

      That’s wonderful Nadine! I hope you do try it. I usually just sort of look at a technique and then go for it with very little idea of what I’m doing, lol, but I love the experimentation time. Very exciting for me. (I’m a mad scientist at heart) 😀

  • Reply marianbonelli June 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, brilliant idea, the finished pro t is beautifully especially with the Queen Anne lace! Exactly what I grew up calling it! 🙂 I’m away staying with my family, seeing my tiny granddaughter this weekend, but I’d like to catch up on the plate DC… mxx

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 6:13 am

      Oh good! Hooray for tiny granddaughters. My three are here this week. I’m looking forward to checking in with you next week…from England! 😀

  • Reply jo headington June 27, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I’d never heard of gelatine prints before today!
    It’s not something I keep in the cupboard – but I might just go and raid the shops for a packet now.
    I love your print too Veronica – perfect colours 🙂

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      I know Jo, so random, but the jelly is a great, soft platform for the transfer of paint! Go try it. I bet jello would be dirt cheap. I’m off to E tomorrow and so hope to find some gelatin there. 😀

  • Reply Joke Konings June 27, 2015 at 3:08 am

    A new plate is born! and that at 35 degrees. I’m glad it worked out. it fits well together. Thank you for joining in.

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 6:11 am

      Thank you Joke, and thank you for hosting with such a fun theme. I love our DC because it makes me stretch myself as an artist. 😀

  • Reply Tammie June 27, 2015 at 4:48 am

    such a grand thing to do for our them. your print/drawing is beautiful Veronica!

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 6:10 am

      Thank you so much Tammie. This was a lot of fun and I think it might be a very useful technique for beautiful backgrounds. 😀

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks June 27, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Neat technique!

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 6:09 am

      I think so too Debra. 😀

  • Reply Cecilia Mary Gunther June 27, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I love these How do you preserve them? Will it eventually harden or did I miss a step? c

    • Reply Veronica June 27, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Celi, there is a way to make permanent gelatin plates, or rather, long lasting plates, but I haven’t tried that yet. What I used was a commercial unflavoured gelatin, just kept 1/2 cup of water out of the regular mix to make it stiffer. Basically I just winged it after I read about it, (In that “Come on now, how hard can it be?” way I usually do…lol.)The main problem was that it’s too hot, I’m impatient, and the gelatin went soft and melty really quickly.

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm June 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Hey V .. you are just too clever! Love the Queen Annes Lace to finish. I don’t have a creative bone in me! Damn 😀

  • Reply Patrice A. June 29, 2015 at 1:48 am

    LOVE this!
    never made gelatine prints
    but it looks like fun!
    and instand results, also nice ;^))

    fine week (and safe travel!) to you

  • Reply daryledelstein June 29, 2015 at 5:44 am

    clever miss!

  • Reply roberto July 2, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Wow!!! Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Lisa Palmese July 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Just beautiful I really enjoyed your presentation and you kept me very interested thank you so much

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