Masking fluid provides unique and creative possibilities for Gelli printing. Watch this video to see how it works!
Masks are used as a barrier between the paint on the gel plate and the printing paper. The purpose is to block the transfer of paint from the plate to the paper in selective areas.
It's easy to cut a paper mask to the shape you want to block out on your print — or use a found object or stencil as a mask. (See previous blog tutorial for more information on using paper masks!)
But what if you want to mask handwriting, or a gestural line, or drawn symbols, or small random marks?
That's when using masking fluid is the way to go!
|Gelli print with masked marks|
Good news! Masking fluid can be used for Gelli printing too!
You can apply masking fluid directly to your unprinted paper.
|Masking fluid applied over a Gelli print|
3. Allow the masking fluid to dry completely! Thin areas dry quickly, but thick areas or blobs can take a while.
4. When the mask is completely dry — you can print on the paper as usual.
|Dry masking fluid on Gelli print|
5. You can print multiple layers over the masking fluid! The mask can be removed even when there's quite a bit of paint covering it!
|The print is dry and ready for the masking fluid to be peeled off|
Important Information and Tips for Using Masking Fluid:
For success with masking fluid ... always keep in mind:
The masking fluid must be completely dry before you print over it.
The print must be completely dry before you remove the masking fluid.
And one more fun thing … after you pull a print, the relief from the dry masking fluid can sometimes leaves a nice imprint in the paint left on the gel plate. Quickly pull that ghost print for another cool image! And the ghost is right-reading! (See previous blog tutorial for more information on Ghost Printing!)