As you know, I'm working on 100 Days of Gelatin Printing. So, I thought it would be a good idea for me to share the tools I've been using every day to make my gelatin prints.
I don't have a brand preference. I use both Gelli Arts and Gel Press plates. I bought a Speedball plate a while ago, but I never opened the package. (I should probably give it a try!) My favorite size is 8x10, but I'll confess to having a dozen plates in different sizes. You absolutely can make your own plate. But, I prefer the ease of the store bought versions.
Speedball Rubber Brayer.
Two-inch is my fave, but I do use different sizes, depending on what I'm doing and the size of the plate I'm working with.
When I'm pulling a lot of prints or using thick materials to print, the baren saves my hands. I use it to push down the paper onto the plate.
I don't have a particular brand that I use every time, but I tend to mostly use Liquitex Basics and Golden Fluid Acrylics. I've recently added some Blick Studio acrylics that I'm really enjoying for printing as well. I have used Golden Open Acrylics for particular kinds of prints, but I find the long open time annoying for the kind of layered prints I like to create. You'll notice that my paint is in a little box. I've been making an effort to maintain a somewhat limited palette for these prints.
Nothing fancy around here. I'm using regular white cardstock for all of my prints.
Stencils and Masks.
I think that all of my prints thus far have included some kind of stencil or mask. Some of them are handmade. Some of them are Balzer Designs stencils and masks from The Crafter's Workshop. When I hand cut stencils, I usually just use paper -- everything from copy paper to file folders is fair game around here.
I hope you found that information helpful! If you want to learn about the basics of Gelatin Printing, I do have an online class all about it.
Thanks for stopping by!