You Can Print With Anything

Originally I typed “you can print anything,” but that can be misinterpreted. I want to talk about the use of unconventional objects in gel printing. Of course, there are screens, stencils, stamps, etc., sold for printing. However, I like found objects that are free.

Instagram offers lots of ideas for such objects. Margaret Molinari (@margarts) prints on fabric with all sorts of items – pressed glass, reed baskets, fruits, vegetables, etc. Another artist, @giogiocraft, uses leaves in a fast way to get a ghost print from a gel plate.

I couldn’t resist (ha!) gathering and pressing leaves, and then printing with them on drawing paper and tissue. Some of my papers had been through one printing already, so I had a head start.

Another Instagram inspired printing object was blue jeans. My husband handed over an old pair of his, which has found its way into a quilt (“Damask and Denim”) and now prints on paper.

I think we’ve gotten our money’s worth out of that pair.

If you have printed with interesting found objects, I’d love to hear about it.


Filed under mixed media, Techniques

7 responses to “You Can Print With Anything

  1. Carolyn

    Oh, I haven’t pulled out my Gelli plate in awhile! I just love that you printed with an old pair of jeans!!! How fun to do that on fabric and quilt the squares together!! Mnnn…

    • Gel plate printing works at about almost every skill level to give good results. I am always amazed at the things people use to make prints. It’s definitely time for you to have a printing session.

  2. Hi, I love those surface designs – with the leaves and also those jeans. They look very Andy Warhol(ish). Very cool. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Oh, I love your prints, especially the leaves with their wonderful layers. The jeans prints are fun. I’ve always liked your “Damask and Denim” quilt. I don’t know how “interesting” but way back in 2012 I quilted on Lutradur and used that little quilted piece and others for gel prints. There are two videos on my YT channel.

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