I am always on the lookout for new tools I already have on hand around my house to use with printing on my gelatin plate. Recently I purchased a couple of embossing folders on sale though I don’t own an embossing machine, but I thought they might work with making designs in polymer clay. So I pulled them out to experiment with on my homemade gelatin plate.
Sometimes for a starting background on a gelatin print, I squirt a little acrylic paint onto the plate, spritz it with water, and smear it around with my finger, giving the pulled print almost a watercolor effect.
Then I used my brayer to roll paint onto one side of the embossing folder and lightly pressed the painted side of the folder onto the plate in several places.
Adding “embossed” layers in different colors gives a nice effect.
I’ve used stamps on gelatin prints before, but had never thought about embossing folders. They work quite well. Now I may have to invade my mom’s stash of embossing folders! (I promise to wash all the paint off.)
I love the three dimensional look on this next print! I used the other side of the embossing folder design.
You can also roll paint onto the gelatin plate and then use the embossing folder to press into the paint to remove part of the paint from the plate to make a design.
And of course, you can use the embossing folder like a stamp to get leftover wet paint off the folder on another piece of paper.
Have you used embossing folders in your gelatin prints?