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09 July 2012 @ 12:58 pm
Art for the non-artist  
For anyone who feels like they aren't artistically inclined (like me) but really want some neat art, or if you have some kids you need to occupy for a few hours this summer, I found this great project that's super easy, inexpensive (the supplies cost less than $20 and I have a ton left after making around 20 prints, and looks like something you'd pay good money for.
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I wrote up the basic steps below, but I have more step-by-step pictures and details on my blog.

You'll need:
14 packets of plain Knox gelatin (about 4 boxes with 4 packets in each box)
4 cups water
Jellyroll or sheet pan

Water-soluable printing ink
Print brayer
Leaves, flowers, or anything else with a fun texture or shape

Bring the water to a boil and whisk in the gelatin, stirring to avoid lumps. Once the gelatin is dissolved, carefully pour it into a jellyroll pan. Allow the gelatin to set in the pan on the counter until very firm.

Collect leaves or other objects with a neat texture or shape (the flatter, the better). Put some of the printing ink in a flat dish, roll the brayer in the ink, then apply the ink to the gelatin. Once it’s more or less even, place your leaves or other objects on top of the ink and press a sheet of paper on top, rubbing the paper thoroughly over the ink. Carefully peel the paper up and you have your first print.

Print to your heart’s content, experimenting with ink colors, objects, maybe even drawing something in the gelatin. If you want to change ink colors, you can wipe the gelatin carefully with a slightly damp cloth. The gelatin will also keep for at least a day or two on the counter.

Allow the prints to dry, frame, and say “Holy crap, I made that!"

cupcakeromancecupcakeromance on July 10th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Love this!
homespunhome on July 10th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
It's super easy, I hope you try it!
Muriellemurielle on July 10th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)