Gelli plate prints

 This printing medium using gelatin, I have learned, was called a hectograph, invented in Russia in 1869.  20 to 80 copies could be made using inks. Here I am using acrylic paint and get a few pulls from each paint application. The last pull is known as a ghost pull because the image is not still visible in the gelatin plate yet still prints a light image. Here are some examples of my first attempt at gelli printing.   

I couldn’t resist using the now painted leaves and flowers in the final design. 


The gelli plate is made out of gelatin and glycerin from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I would give the recipe here but mine needs some tweaking as my gelatin plates don’t seem to be holding up as well as they should. I also ordered some manufactured by gelli arts to compare. 

These leaves are from my rose bush.