I love using Setacolor paints to create sunprints, however, during cold or rainy periods it can be more of a challenge than I’m willing to endure. I’ve done it once and it was not very much fun. So I went to my local art store and gifted myself with a gel printing plate from Gelli Arts. Their site is very informative and contains a number of tutorials.

The plate is a firm clear substance that has a gooey, tacky texture, just right for grabbing the paint on the surface. I used some Jacquard textile paint to experiment with a poinsettia leaf.

Getting ready And here are the first 3 prints I got from a single leaf.

3 prints from one poinsettia leafI appreciate the fact that the process is simple, not messy, provides instant gratification and is easy to clean up with running tap water. When printing is done, the best place to store the plate is in the container it came in. Done.

I’ll be looking more closely at my yard and the neighborhood to continue experimenting. Using Setacolor paints is next.

What are you experimenting with now?

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  1. Loretta Armstrong
    Loretta Armstrong says:

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!
    I’m on the same surface design road you are! Isn’t it fun?
    I’ve played w/surface design and have timidly jumped in! I’ve not used my Gelli plate yet, as I’m not sure of the paint to use. It looks like you started with ink! I’ve been think that’s too watery a consistency, but you made it work! For my present project, I carved an linoleum block and using Staz stamp pad printed on toulle — a wonderful result! After the holiday cleanup, you’ve given me courage to try my Gelli plate! Take care.

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