These reusable plates are ideal for me when teaching in a place that is difficult to make gelatin plates from scratch. Plus, these do not require refrigeration! The plates come in two sizes: 6 inches by 6 inches, and 8 inches by 10 inches.
The idea is to spread a thin layer of paint over the surface with a brayer, brush, or other spreading tool. The paint can then be manipulated by a variety of stamps or other tools and the pattern can be "picked up" from the surface with cloth or paper.
Here are a few images taken during the Sketchbook Challenge workshop by Sue Bleiweiss and myself of the round robin workshop in Make-It-University during the quilt festival. Among the four technique stations featured, I taught gelatin monoprinting. I gave each student two types of paper and two types of cloth to experiment with:
Things are still pretty "neat" at this point!
paint is applied across the gelatin plate surface
students selected among the large variety of texture tools to create marks
left foreground: student places her paper onto the gelatin plate to "pick up" the paint
After use, the plates can simply be wiped off with a damp paper towel and stored for future use. Any type of acrylic paint can be used, and each print can be "layered" repeatedly by this method.