a pan to use as a mold for the gelatin-I used a pyrex dish
4 packages of unflavoured gelatin
1 cup of hot water
1 cup of cold water
a spoon to stir
a bowl to mix the gelatin and water
Cover the bottom of the pan with plastic wrap, letting it hang over all the sides to act as handles when you lift the gelatin plate out of the mold.
Mix the cold water with the 4 packages of gelatin until it is dissolved. Add the hot water, stir and then pour into the plastic wrap-lined mold.
Make sure to get rid of any bubbles-I moved them to the edge of the gelatin.
Put the gelatin into the refrigerator to set. I left mine in the fridge overnight.
When the gelatin has set remove it from the mold along with the plastic wrap.
My gelatin plate lifted out of the pan very easily. I wanted to create smaller plates for each student so I cut the gelatin into 3 and peeled it off of the plastic wrap.
This actually didn't work very well, since one of the three plates completely broke and another one lost a huge chunk. In the future I would use several small pans for molds.
To create my prints I used a sponge brush to apply an even layer of acrylic paint over the entire plate.
For my first prints I decided to try using scraps of leftover construction paper.
The resulting prints:
These were okay, but a bit fuzzy so I decided to replace the construction paper with computer paper.
The construction paper is on the left and the computer paper is on the right. I found that the computer paper created sharper lines.
You can also draw right into the paint on the gelatin plate to create an image. I used the end of the sponge brush to create the dot pattern and then overlaid computer paper stars to create this print.