I've been experimenting with printmaking... gelatin mono printing to be exact.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TECHNIQUE
Gelatin printing is a a form of monoprinting where a gelatin slab is used as the printing plate. The beauty of the "jello" is that slabs can be made in any size and shape imaginable. All you need is something that will hold gelatin without leaking. The plate itself is extremely responsive and sensitive. Since very little pressure is needed, an artist doesn't need a press.
For my prints, I choose to use a 8"x10" brownie pan as a mold. The best part was all the scratches and marks in the bottom of the pan transferred to the plate. These marks make the prints look like I used the much more sophisticated copper plate and press technique.
As you know, I like my color LOUD AND PROUD...full of CONTRAST… lots of graphic contrast. The more the better. The color in these prints is muted, focused, and limited. This series is a departure from what I normally do and I love it! Limiting my palette to red, black, metallic gold, and blue gave me the opportunity to explore form, line, and value. All this learning taught me so much that I was able to use in my new work!
This series is titled "All About the Red". To see them online you can go to this link. To see them in person (which is really how you should look at art) go to Gilded Pear and ask Suzy to see my new mono prints. To purchase call Suzy at tel: 319-366-0205.
All about the Red #1, 11"x9", monoprint 2014 copyright Mary Zeran, Private Collection