I did promise a tutorial for how I printed the Leaves from yesterday
I have tried this technique with a plate made from actual gelatin, but to get good prints you need to press hard and I find the leaf veins dig into the gelatin.
The roller is a hard rubber one, which, again, my hubby made for me from an old inkjet printer roller. He is a very ingenious bloke! But you can get these rollers from art suppliers. You can use a decorators dense foam roller from the hardware, it works well, but soaks up a lot of paint, so not only is there waste, it is hard to change colours, which I like to do a lot.
I place the leaves bottom, or vein side down, in order to get a better print later.
What we are trying to do here is remove all the paint from around the leaves.
Because I had too much paint, the leaf prints are not as delicate as some of the ones I showed yesterday, but at least there is good contrast and you can see what happens.
This brings me to the most important part of this process. Speed.
Because we are looking to get the leaf print at the end, we need to do everything very quickly, because the acrylic paint is drying all the time.
If, by chance you get to the end and those beautiful leaf prints have dried on the plate, there is a way that you can (sometimes) get the prints off.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I am sure there are other ways to do this, but this is my favourite way.