jelly printing with a gelatine plate

jelly printing for beginners
Even though it was purely the name that drew me in  (because I love jelly)  jelly printing has proved to be tremendous fun. Jelly Printing is a bit random; there’s no guarantee that when you lift the paper you’ll get exactly the print you were expecting. Over time the Gelatine Printing Plate changes too, which means that even if you did exactly the same for every single print, you’d still get variety. I get pretty easily bored by repetition, so it suits me fine. In The Barley Barn, Ruth and I have been teaching people how to make simple Jelly Prints like the one above, though Ruth has renamed it “Printing without a Press” to make it sound a little more adult like and serious. The truth is that Jelly Printing is a wonderfully easy printing method for any age.
If, in the spirit of home-spun creativeness or half-term entertainment, you fancy having a go at making some simple jelly prints using plants or feathers, then read on.
Firstly, you need to make your Gelatine Printing Plate. I suggest you start off with A5 size as it doesn’t take too much gelatine and it’s an easy size to work with. There are recipes all over the internet for making your own plate; some are made simply with gelatine and water, others include sugar, alcohol, glycerine or vinegar. I make my plates with powdered gelatine, water and glycerine using this recipe, which simply involves a bit of stirring and then pouring into a mould.

Once you’ve made your Gelatine Plate, all you need to do is to collect some plants and get printing. CLICK HERE for the instructions.


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  1. Fabulous tutorial Anne! I’ve had a little play with this technique over the summer and am going to refine my efforts using your tips. I suspect the proper printing ink you recommend here would work better than the acrylic paint I used because that’s what I had but I t was a bit thick. Got some very satisfying results nonetheless and as you say, huge fun! Your prints here and the others you’ve posted are absolutely gorgeous! Happy Jelly Days! E x

    1. I haven’t tried kids paints – not sure exactly what sort you have. The children could also paint a picture onto the plate, press some things into the paint to make patterns (piece of duplo, ice cube tray …) and then take a print of it.

    1. Are you going to have a go? I use my plate for 3-4 weeks and then melt and re-form it. Been doing this for months and it seems fine. My daughters have been laughing at the clip because they think I sound bored, but I found it very difficult talking to myself.

  2. That is so cool and a great tutorial. I’m with you on the uneven pattern and textures. To me that’s what makes them interesting. How do you think this would work on a fabric, something like a muslin? Could really make some cool pillows.

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