Friday, November 29, 2013

 I thought that today I would show you how I am doing my registration for my monoprints on the gelli plate.

First of all I splurged and bought the giant sized plate - 12" x 14". At first I was too overwhelmed to try it. I thought I had to work big. But as it turns out I do not. In fact I am working smaller than ever. The large plate gives me the freedom to do that without the confining space of the smaller ones.

I have room to ink more than I need and that way I am better able to compose and design my pieces with the added space. If you can afford it, I would suggest buying the larger plate. I think you will agree that you will feel freer.

This is the large plate.

I then go about inking my plate and laying out the design.

I decide which part of the design I like and place my mat board over the area. I have added tape to the corners where I want to line the paper up every time. The tape matches the corners of the paper. This board is for the 9" x 12" paper. I have a different board for each size of paper.

I then snug the bottom of the paper up to the corner first and then the middle area. You should be able to feel the paper snug up into the corner and then the center. I then drop the paper onto the print area. I really like this way of registering. it is not too complicated. I call the tape "faux kento" marks since they are lined up the same way as kento registration marks in woodcuts.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Roberta
This technique is lost on my, but I love the results you get. You are a versatile artist and I love visiting your blog. I just wanted you to know.
xx, Carol

Kate Fernyhough said...

many thanks for sharing this, it's great to see your working process!

Robbie said...

OK, this is really interesting...I never wanted the small 8"x8" gelli pad...thanks for the tip! Maybe a BD gift for me next year!

Karen Isaacson said...

fantastic tips - thanks for sharing

jackie said...

Yes,thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is so great, seeing your registration technique. I'll have to try it. Thanks, Roberta.

Anonymous said...

Hi Roberta. Here is another post, as you requested. I hope this goes through. And thanks again for showing this technique which I'm anxious to try myself. Cheers!