What’s the play today? Having fun with shower curtain rings. Not a sentence I ever expected to say…but it’s true! After all, just about anything can be fun when you’re gel printing with it!
These are hideously cheap, and not in the good way. But that’s fair since they came free with the bargain shower curtain I bought. As shower curtain rings go, these are terrible for putting the rod. But they are fantastic for making a gel printing tool!
Since these are plastic, I used E600 to attach them so that it would really grab the plastic and hold it in place. The drawback to this was I had to wait for it to dry. Hot glue goes a lot faster so if you don’t want to wait, go for that!
I’m using a large gel plate, with about half of it for rolling out paint like an ink pad and then the other half for taking the prints.
I thought I’d love the single prints but it’s the multiples that I loved. Once again, the gel plate surprised me! The twisted and turned patterns, not so much! But the grunge from twisting and turning did lead to a print that I did love!
Why am I using a gel plate to do this instead of just printing directly with the shower curtain rings on to my paper? When I do it directly onto paper, very little of paint transfers compared to the gel plate.
Don’t have cheap shower curtain rings laying around? You can glue anything to cardboard! Take a look around your home or recycle bin and then see what kind of prints it makes!
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