We currently have a lot of members interested in gelli plate printing. Whether that’s because it’s something new to them, or that it’s very portable, or even that during covid restrictions they have been stuck at home and found this a great way to produce a variety of designs on paper, who knows. We’re finding that not only do our members want to create their own sheets of paper they also want to form them into books and design their own covers and content.
Both Dinah and Claire came to the social day with a stash of newly created designs which caused quite a bit of dialogue due to their different approaches.
Claire has been exploring a method whereby stencilled designs can be produced in a very precise manner. By combining different viscosities of paint over several layers, and ensuring a wide colour range has been applied she has produced a range of vibrant patterned papers. Her aim is to include these as endpapers in handmade books.
Dinah recently purchased a set of petite gelli plates and has been working with those in conjunction with her larger plate. Her approach has been very different to Claire and she’s produced a range of more organic, less structured, prints.
Not only has Dinah been using her gelli plates but she’s also been experimenting with patterning using shaving foam.
Once the day was over we were amazed to receive a photo later that afternoon from our member, Marguerite, who had returned home and immediately set to work trying out the shaving foam printing method.
With so much interest in these techniques we’ve decided our next Special Interest day, to be held on Thursday, 1st October (yes, next week), will concentrate on gelli plate printing. So if you have a gelli plate, bring it along; if you haven’t got one come anyway because you will still be able to participate.
There will be a group of members experimenting and showing those not so experienced a variety of print methods. Dinah has sent an email to the membership outlining what to bring.
Note: The studio will still be available for members wishing to use the printing press. This is a members only event, no visitors please.