Preparing for 5 days of plein air painting, I thought I would mono print some backgrounds before leaving home. Sticking to neutrals as the watercolour paints will add the color, I monoprinted some leaves.
- First I placed a thin layer of acrylic paint on the gelli plate surface using a brayer to even out the layer.
- Secondly I laid down an arrangement of leaves. With the maple leaves I added some marks simulating branches.
- Next I laid a piece of 90 lb Arches hot press paper and rubbed on the back to transfer the image.
- If the shapes seemed to stark in contrast I removed the leaves and pressed them into the white shapes.
- Then I laid another paper on the gelli plate to get the reverse print. Magic happened.
These may be to dark for the backgrounds I envisioned painting landscapes on but they are intriguing nonetheless and I am looking forward adding other media to complete them.
|A small section of the second pull of the maple leaves giving a 'ghost' print.|
|In the dark area between the leaves, I pressed down lace in several places to remove some of the colour and to add texture. First print.|
|Same technique as the above but with burnt umber acrylic paint|
|Second print. This one has enough white space, I may be able to add a landscape in the background.|
Textile. Do these prints call out to you, as much as me, to be printed onto fabric? I can't wait to try it. Over dye after? To many ideas to sleep well at night!!! For a post on gelli printing on fabric click here