We woke up at the crack of dawn again this morning, still getting over some jet lag. A cup of tea, a walk around the garden and it was time to pull out some paints and get busy!
We pulled out liquid watercolors and just smooshed them all around. No real rhyme or reason, the girls loved playing with the colors.
Next we used printing ink and a brayer to apply the ink to leaves from the garden.
We pressed them over the dried watercolors with wax paper to keep our fingers clean.
And this is what we ended up with. A bit on the busy, bright side, but fun and creative and not super messy. It was doable at 7am with children, that must be pretty easy!
My kitchen floor is covered in a pile of prints. Take a look:
I have fallen head-over-heels in love with gelatin printing. It is so easy, inexpensive, creative and almost any age group can do it. I first became inspired by artist and print maker, Linda Germain. Check out her video on how to make the gelatin plate.
I used a cake pan for my gelatin mould and I needed 2 cups of water and 4 packets of Knox brand gelatin. I followed the directions and voila, my sparkling gelatin printing plate.
Next I gathered my printing ink, brayer and old cookie sheet to prime my brayer. And then it was time to print. I used lots of item around my house to create prints and texture, an old credit card, bubble wrap, a few leaves from the garden, a wine cork and paper cut-outs in different shapes.
My kids joined in the fun and we now have a stack of mono prints thanks to a little box of gelatin…who knew it would be sooo easy? And fun? And addictive, I think I have about 50 prints now…