Honu x 2

Honu is the Hawai’ian name for green sea turtle. These two side-by-side honu images  illustrate a primary and secondary “pull” from the gelli plate print process.

(left image) I make a stencil (the honu shape), place it over wet paint (the two blue areas) on the gelli plate, lay paper over it, press, and immediately pull off the printed paper to dry.

(right image) There remains some paint on the plate (and I hate wasting it!) so I continue adding additional layers to the “ghost” image, playing with textures and colors on a fresh piece of paper, and usually overwork it to death. An altogether different look—the wonder and fun of the gelli plate.

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(8″ x 10″ acrylic monotype using Gelli plate)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


2 responses to “Honu x 2

  1. I do love that turtle shape!


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