Red Bird is a 9″x12″ Gelli monoprint Painting.
This gelli painting started out as a single monoprint* which I created in acrylic paint on 9"x12" cream-colored pastel paper. Next, I worked it up to completion with color pencil, alcohol inks or pens, more paint, and/or gel pens. Various images arose for me from the original print, as I accentuated and embellished them.
*What is a Monoprint?
*Most printmaking processes allow for multiple originals. A form of printmaking where the image can only be made once is called a monoprint. Basically, the artist paints directly on a smooth non-absorbent plate (such as glass or plexiglass). Generally, they use a media such as printers ink. Next, the artist transfers the image to paper through pressure. The result is a single original print.
A gelli plate monoprint may look like any other monoprint. The difference is in the process because of the equipment used. The gelli plate is made of a more permeable substance than glass, or even plexiglass. It is very flexible as well. A Gelli plate is a clear gelatinous slab. It works real well with acrylic paint as the media. This flexibility provides a wide variety of possibilities.