What is the “right” way to monoprint with a stencil? Do you put the paint on the gel plate first or do you put the stencil on first? Both ways work wonderfully which means however you want to print with a stencil is the right way!
What about the size of the stencil and gel plate? Does it matter? Nope. Both the stencil and the plate used are smaller than the art journal and it didn’t matter one bit. But it did lead to a good problem that I had at the end of the video.
Here are the details for Gel Printing FUNdamentals mentioned in the video.
Technique #1 You can put the paint on the plate and then put the stencil on top. Leave the stencil on it and make a print. The stencil I am using was designed by Mary Beth Shaw and the plate is the middle size from the multi plate set by Ranger.
Technique #2 Put the stencil on the plate first, then brayer paint over it. Yup, just roll that paint over the stencil.
This time, lift off the stencil before you make a print. Do you have to take the stencil off? There aren’t any rules, nobody will report you to the authorities. You can do it any way you want!
The layers built up until I was in love. When I get to that point where I just want to look at the print, I know to stop and enjoy it just as it is until the muse directs me to the next layer.
There’s no wrong way for how to make prints with a gel plate, but there are things if you know them, it makes it a lot easier to make prints you love. I call those the FUNdamentals – the foundational things that help you understand how and why the plate works the way it does.
How can you figure out the FUNdamentals? Trial and error and lots of time OR check out my workshop to skip all that frustration.