Sitting in the kitchen, bored watching food cooking that couldn’t be unattended and all I really wanted to do was draw. I had my little 2.5 x 3.5 art journal handy and some markers so why not do some sketching in the kitchen! I couldn’t go into the studio, so I went with that. In my art journal, I did a whole bunch of monoprinting yesterday, so the pages are all full of colour. I eyed my stainless steel toaster and sketched it so quickly to get the sketchy lines, bold shapes and didn’t worry about perspective. Then I eyed my teal summer glass on the counter, filled with water, but the way the light hit the class, it reflected some really cool shapes, so I quickly sketched that using a bold green marker. In total, I think the sketches took about a minute. I think I’ll continue doing this while cooking meals!
How to Create a Gelatin Monoprint using a Die Cut
I absolutely love gelatin monoprinting. I have a Gelli plate, but decided to try making one using Glycerin, Knox Gelatin, sugar and water. First off, I’ll never use sugar again, it made the plate very sticky. Will try a different recipe next time.
For this gelatin monoprint, I did a soft mottled background direct on the gelatin plate using a few dots of DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics using Dioxazine Purple and rolled it our very roughly then sprinkled some water on the gelatin plate. Then placed a die cut on the gelatin plate and carefully pressed my book paper.
Where I sprinkled the water, the paint was much more transparent and mottled. This is a really easy technique to create interesting and unique backgrounds for journal pages, altered books, junk journals or as a base for any type of art piece.
Love the look!. The print took about 4 minutes to dry.
Demo on how I bound the Strathmore Visual Journal pages and a Flip.
Supplies Used can be found at the end of the video.
Learn then Create
In session 34 of the DOUG 2014 series (which is the last lesson in the 2014 series), we learn how to create a vintage look with many stenciled layers.
Supply list and photo of the painting are included with the video.
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Note: this is the last video in the Doug 2014 series.