PanPastels on the Gelatin Plate
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A PanPastel Portrait Monoprint

I'm seriously addicted to PanPastels on my gelatin plate. I can't stop (and I don't really want to).  Yesterday I broke out my 8x10 plate and decided to try creating a portrait that I could monoprint.  It actually worked out better than I thought it would (if you can't see the video, click on the title of this post).

Here's a pic of the plate and first print next to each other:

I thought it was an amazingly good pull. 

The only thing that didn't really translate were some of the white highlights -- like the catch light in her eyes, the tip of her nose, some of the lip shading, etc.

I did manage to pull two more prints.  You can see all three together here:

There's definitely some fading in the later pulls, but if you look at the last two pulls together, they still have integrity.

I definitely want to do some more experimenting with this technique. I think white highlights may be like working with watercolor -- you have to leave them space from the beginning.  But, we shall see.

I hope you find some time to play with your art supplies this weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!