I had seen the new Gelli Arts gel printing plates for sale and read more about them online. I made a gelatin plate from scratch years ago and while it worked well and lasted reasonably well, it was time consuming and a bit fiddly. Also, they're not the best things to use in summer. If we had any heat that is, but that's another story. These gel plates are reusable indefinitely with a little care and I wondered if I could incorporate some gyotaku into them, so I ordered a 6 x 6 one to experiment with.
Acrylic paint is used as the medium instead of ink and any object placed on the wet surface then removed will also remove the paint, leaving an outline, so I figured it would be a type of reverse gyotaku.
I gathered a few starfish that I had lying around, as fresh fish were in the freezer (yes, I know that's a contradiction - fresh and freezer :) but you know what I mean.
Applying the paint to the gel surface is simple but very easy to arrive at mud. The first print was a bit like that but the imprint of the Northern Sea Star and shells and bubbles contrasted well and some shots of colour still came through. Every mark or ridge in the paint shows through and adds to the interest in each piece.
41o46' N, 50o 14' W SOLD
These are all 6 inch square printed on Kinugawa Japanese paper with a generous border on all sides.