Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gelatin plate recipe

Because I demonstrated gelatin plate monoprinting in Quilting Arts Open Studios and Make-It-University at the Long Beach Quilt festival I have received numerous requests for the recipe.
Although I have made gelatin plates with other recipes, I prefer the ratio of gelatin to water that Rayna Gillman recommends:

this recipe will make one 8x8 plate.  Feel free to expand the recipe by using the same ratios:
4 Tablespoons of unflavored gelatin (Knox envelopes are approximately 1 Tablespoon/pkg)
1 cup cold water
1 cup near-boiling to boiling water

Mix gelatin into the cold water first and stir until dissolved.  I do this directly in the pan.  It will create a very thick, pasty-looking mixture.  
Add the hot water and stir until it is clear and the bubbles have disappeared.
Chill until firm.
Peel it out of the pan onto your work surface and have fun!

If you enjoy this type of printing, I recommend Rayna Gillman's wonderful book.  She is an excellent teacher as well as author.  Follow this link:


  1. Leslie. You really do have it going on. I am going to gelatin print now. Don't know why I have had a block about it.


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