I have a new gel printing technique to share today as well as a second version of it with and additional step added. I call it Dark & Bright technique..and the alternate is the Halo version. These are processes in gel printing that I sort of accidentally created...but they are very popular prints and people keep asking me 'how did you make that?". So here is the step out and video of the process.
|Dark & Bright Technique|
|Step 1 - Apply a layer of dark paint to your gel plate.|
|Step 2 - Lay a stencil over the paint. A stencil with a lot of open spaces is best.|
|Step 3 - Use a piece of paper to remove as much paint as you can through the stencil. I like deli paper for this step as it is slightly translucent and also thin so I can push it into the holes of the stencil.|
|Step 4 - Leaving the stencil in place on the plate, use a smaller brayer to apply 3-4 bright colors over the stencil. I like to use my 6 X 6 gel plate as a palette when I do this step. It also makes great grungey clean up prints.|
|Step 5 - Remove the stencil and make sure that the paint on the plate is fairly dry. If it is wet and gloppy the next step will fail.|
|Step 6 - Apply a THIN layer of neutral colored paint over the dried paint on the plate. If you apply too heavy of a layer it will not adhere and pull the paint off. You should be able to see the pattern through the layer of paint.|
|Step 7 - Burnish the paper well with your hands or a brayer and then pull the print slowly. The plate should be clean when you have pulled it up..all the layers coming off onto the paper.|
|Tah dah! :) Dark & Bright|
|Each shape has a copper halo around it which is why I named this version..Halo :)|
Thanks for reading my blog everyone and if you do the technique and post photos on social media ..use the hashtag #darknbrightShelC. That way I can see and like all your prints! That would be awesome!!!!