I’ve been working on a small series of gelli plate/matt medium prints depicting the abandoned pool hall that was once a cinema in its heyday. There’s a stone sign above the entrance which reads ‘The Wellington’.
I am naming the series of print’s ‘Abandoned Recreation’.
On one of my recent photo walks, I photographed an oval shaped boarded up window which I have used as a framing device for my some of my prints.
I use acrylic paints in my Gelli printmaking and for these set of prints I have experimented with textures such as bubble wrap and stencils. On top of the gelli prints, I have added using Matt Medium to add a high contrast black and white reverse laser print. I reverse the image if there is text in the image so the text appears the right way around when the laser print is glued face down to the gelli print.
The results have been amazing and unique as each print is slightly different as not all the transfer sticks to the paper once the excess paper is removed through the process of soaking the acrylic print in a bath of water and after 5 minutes soaking removing the paper from the print by rubbing off the paper gently with your fingers.
Finally, once the prints are throughly dried out, you cure and seal the prints by applying 2 coats of acrylic varnish.
One of my two mix media prints of Stockport has been accepted in this year’s Stockport Open. Will find out Friday (tomorrow) which of my prints made it in. Looking forward to the preview and meeting other artists. Update 13/7/19. My print of the viaduct was accepted into the 2019 Open exhibition. See picture.
I have continued to experiment with my gelli printing silcone mat using acrylic paints and plastic stencils which I purchased from a local craft store. The stencils I have used have been very effect in producing monoprints. I used a brayer roller to press the ink onto the acrylic paper without the need of a printing press. The contrast between the background image and the stenciled relief works very well.
I have also produced some more matte medium transfers such as the table lamp and the image of Stockport viaduct take from another angle. The transfers are the hardest to do as there is alot of paper to remove once the matte medium has dried out completely. Plenty of water and ear buds are recommended for this aswell as plastic sheeting and towels. The ear buds are the most effective way to remove the paper layers and reveal the transfer below. Some the transfer will be removed but this adds to the finished effect.
I hope to add some more transfers soon using the stenciled prints shown above.
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