For the last month I have been taking an online workshop “Gelli Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant” through the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreat. My objective was to learn more about monoprinting. To monoprint just means that you can ‘pull’ a single print off the printing surface before adding more paint or ink. You can keep building up layers on your given substrate by adding more paint, ink or stamps and pulling another print on top of the prior one. The class uses gelatin plates as the printing surface rather than something like a screen, as in screen printing. Gelatin plates are made of gelatin (the unflavored kind) and a few other materials. Rather than make my own gelatin plate, I am using a Gelli Arts gelli plate which I purchased at gelliarts.com. They come in various sizes and will last for years if taken care of properly.
In this particular workshop we have learned how to create mini-journals by monoprinting on used greeting cards, old calendars, new or used shipping tags, file folders, and watercolor paper. What results are very attractive little ‘booklets’ that can be given as gifts or decorated with your own art or used as your own private journal.
Here are three monoprinted mini-journals I have created so far.
This is a mini-journal created with 5 different used Christmas cards from 2013. I plan to embellish this journal with sayings and doodles about gardening. I already started by stamping and doodling the front cover.
This is a simple accordion booklet created by gelli-printing on watercolor paper, then cutting and folding it into an accordion shape. I already doodled and collaged this one using materials that were on hand on my work table.
I still have more to create and I hope you do too!