Gelli printing

I did some experimenting with gelli prints a few years ago at an art teacher's conference. It was fun, but the plates were too expensive to add to the studio for full classes. Then, last week through the power of Pinterest I fould a recipe that was easy and did not need to be refridgerated. Gelli plates are basically like uses Jello gigglers for making monoprints. The possiblities are endless. 

During spring break camps, I was teaching the students about Aboriginal Dream paintings. We used the gelli plates to create the base print, to which the students added dots. First we looked at some animals native to Australia and examples of the dream paintings. They choose an animal and drew it onto a piece of Styrofoam. They cut the image out, and then added lines and shapes to the animal. First we printed the negative image using white ink on black paper, then we pulled the animal off the plate. When we printed the ghost image (putting paper down without re-inking the plate), the lines and shapes showed up on the paper. Below are examples of the negative image and the ghost image. 

Negative image

Negative image

ghost image

ghost image