Gel Printing Plate Project


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Gel Printing Plates

 

Gel Printing Plates look & feel like gelatin, but are durable, reusable & store at room temperature. They’re easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gel Plate is simple and fun.

While it’s best to use acrylic paints and fabric paints, many paints and water soluble printing inks are safe to use with the Gel Printing Plate. Dyes are not recommended as they may stain your plate. It is not necessary to clean your plate between prints, but after you have finished use a mild soap and water to remove any paint residue. Store your plate in between the plastic film it was packaged in and return it to the clamshell package for storage. Keep in mind your Gel Printing Plate’s surface is very sensitive so make sure not to sit it on a rough surface or push too firmly into the plate. It is best to place the plate on a non-porous barrier such as a Teflon® sheet, baking tray or piece of glass while you are printing.  Also choose soft tipped tools to make your marks into your rolled out paint. Make sure to read the pamphlet included with the product for the manufacturers full recommendations.

 Exploration: Basic Gel Plate Printing
     
 

Step One
Apply acrylic paint to the plate.

 

Step Two
Use a hard roller to evenly cover the plate with paint. 

     
 

Step Three
Use soft tipped tools, e.g. cotton buds, paint brushes or soft rubber tipped tools/stamps, to make marks in the paint. 

 

Step Four
Create a design you're happy with.

     
 

Step Five
Press your paper firmly down on top of the plate.

 

Step Six
Peel back paper to reveal your monoprint. It is not necessary to clean the plate between prints! 

 

 Exploration: Advanced Gel Plate Printing Using Stencils
     
 

Step One
Apply acrylic paint using a hard roller.  

 

Step Two
Place objects such as plastic grids, bubble wrap, string or leaves onto the plate to make marks. Or leave them there to create a stencil by blocking out areas. 

     
 

Step Three
You may use a clean hard roller for more pressure on the back of your paper when pulling your print. Peel back paper to reveal your monoprint. Allow your print to dry. 

 

Step Four
Apply a second colour of paint to the plate. Lay down more stencils or make more marks with soft tools. Align previous print and lay it down on plate applying pressure.

     
 

Step Five
Reveal the second layer of your print.

 

Step Six
Repeat steps until you are happy with your print. This can be a stand-alone piece or may be used as collage paper! 

 

 Exploration: Advanced Gel Plate Printing Using Stencils (on Fabric)
     
 

Step One
Apply Permaset Aqua Fabric Ink using a hard roller.

 

Step Two
Place objects such as plastic grids, bubble wrap, string or leaves onto the plate to make marks. Or leave them there to create a stencil by blocking out areas. 

     
 

Step Three
Lay a piece of fabric over the top of your plate and smooth it down using a clean hard roller for more pressure. 

 

Step Four
Peel back fabric to reveal your monoprint. Allow your print to dry.

     
 

Step Five
Apply another colour of paint to the plate. Lay down more stencils (such as masing tape) or make more marks with soft tools. Align previous print and lay it down on plate applying pressure.

 

Step Six
Peel off the fabric to reveal your print! 

 

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