Whenever I tell people that my favourite printmaking technique is Jelly Printing, their first question is “what on earth is jelly printing?”
The simple explanation is that jelly printing is a form of mono-printing. It’s a really easy kind of printmaking that doesn’t need a press; just a printing plate that you make using gelatin powder, ink, roller and something to use as a stencil.
There are recipes all over the internet for making your own Jelly or Gelatine Plate for mono printing; some are made simply with gelatine and water, others include sugar, alcohol, glycerine or vinegar. The recipe that follows, which is based on one from Linda Germain, is very simple and most importantly, works well and keeps for months.