Friday, May 22, 2015

Ondine, Bathing Herself

"I am a lover without a lover
I am lovely and lonely and
I belong deeply to myself."
Warsan Shire

"Ondine, Bathing Herself"
30" x 30" 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Monoprinting On Gelatin

Have you ever tried monoprinting on gelatin? I just did, and wow! Was that ever addicting. After my first session, I was so excited by the endless possibilities, that I couldn't even sleep that night. 

I opted for making my own gelatin print plates, which have turned out to be surprisingly durable. Here's the recipe:

3 cups boiling water
3 cups glycerin (this will plasticize your gelatin, making it permanent)
12 Tbsp gelatin (or 14 packets)

Mix the glycerin and gelatin well. Add the boiling water and continue to mix. Pour the mixture into a 9" x 13" pan. Allow to cool and set. I made mine the night before I needed them.

Gelatin plates cooling and setting.

I decided to just play around with creating a cool stack of papers. This one was my favorite.

And then I sat around wondering what to do with my giant stack of papers. I decided to make some collages, greeting cards, and notebooks.

Coptic Bound Notebook
Hand Printed Papers
30 pages
4" x 5"

And then...THEN... my oldest son wandered out to the studio to try it out. I was so impressed with the images he captured that I wanted to share them with you. Raine has been meticulously working on a graphic novel for the past year and he wanted to print images for the covers of each chapter in his book. I really love how these are turning out, and I can't wait to get back into my studio with him to see more of his work.

You can see more of Raine's work and follow the progress of his graphic novel "Primordial" by liking Rainey Day Comics at