Speedball Art’s Gel Printing Plate
In October, Speedball Art Products will release a new product called Gel Printing Plate. Speedball Art describes the Gel Plate as ‘durable and reusable’ and ‘makes it easy for hobbyists and fine artists alike to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind prints for mixed media art, card-making, journaling, scrapbooking, home décor projects and much more.’ You can ‘Win it before you can buy it’ by liking Speedball Art Products on Facebook or commenting on their Instagram post.
At Kennedy’s Art Part, we were fortunate to have received a Gel Printing Plate before the product hit the market. As a thank you to Speedball Art we had three different people, with levels of printmaking experience ranging from beginner to advanced, try out the product and put together this review.
During our experimenting, we used Akua Intaglio ink and Arnhem 1618 Printmaking Paper. Overall, we were extremely impressed with the quality of prints we were able to pull. We could all agree that the huge upside to this product is that it leaves room for experimentation such as: the use of different surface textures, creating colorful gradients, the ability to use found objects, and the ability to used mixed media. The possibilities seem endless.
We also enjoyed ghost printing using the Gel Plate. We noticed that after the first print, when we removed the found objects that were initially placed, the Akua ink was waiting for a second print. We also noticed that it was super easy to clean up (soap and water) especially with the use of the Akua ink.
The advanced printmaker in our group pointed out several advantages to the Gel Printing Plate. He said,
“This process would be great for introducing the printmaking process to younger children, even in a classroom setting. The ability to physically print with just your hand makes it so much easier than other printmaking methods that require a baren or press. The Gel Printing Plate could definitely be used as an ‘entry level’ form of printmaking but could also be used for the most proficient of printmakers.”
The last benefit we noticed is that it was stress relieving. We had lots of fun when we were printing and were not concerned about having to be as precise as other printmaking methods we are accustom to. When creating monoprints, you obviously have a one-of-a-kind print. Because it’s a monoprint, there’s really no right or wrong and you don’t become concerned about messing up making this a relaxing art form.
In conclusion, at Kennedy’s Art Part we highly recommend Speedball Art’s Gel Printing Plate when it comes out in October. We hope you enjoyed our review!