I am getting so excited about the National Art Education Association National Convention in New York this week. I am presenting a hands-on workshop on Thursday, March 2nd, called: Homemade Gelatin Plates. How to Make it Work for 20+ Students. If you can’t make it to the workshop, you can follow along at home by watching the following videos. I will attach a supply list at the bottom of this page to help you get started.
Start by making a plate. My 3rd graders helped with this video:
Then do a little experimenting:
Explore printing with more complex stencils:
(Stencil for above video can be found here: gelatin doll pattern)
Take it into the third dimension:
…or turn your prints into a SQUASH BOOK:
More of my blog posts about gelatin prints can be found here, or by clicking the gelatin tag on the right side of this page.
All of the above projects were created with craft paints similar to Apple Barrel Acrylic. Many of the better quality acrylic paints need to be thinned a bit with water. If your budget allows, Golden Open are the best out of the tube for professional artists. Tempera paints work well in the elementary classroom. You can also use screen printing inks, on fabric. If you have any other favorite paints, please share in the comment section.
1/2 cup Vegetable Glycerin (you can find small bottles @ CVS or Walgreens)
2 tbsp. Unflavored Gelatin
Mix the glycerin and gelatin together in a 5x5ish GladWare container. (Stop and Shop has store brand ones that are nice and cheap)
Then add 1/2 cup boiling water.
When you are ready to print, collage trays or paper plates make a handy, portable surface.
PLEASE SHARE! I’d love to see what you are creating with gelatin.