Friday, July 13, 2012

Gelli Printing on Fabric...

I came in from the hay field today and wanted
a creative fix...

I thought I would give this new Gelli Plate
a whirl...

I have printed on natural Gelatin/Jello plates 
for a few years.

Let's do a review of the Gelli Plate...

It is convenient, so is a good choice tonight 
when I am tired.

Just open the package and take out the 

The textile paint rolls on smoothly, just like when
I use the natural gelatin/jello plate.

I get a good, crisp print on fabric.

The only difference I experienced between a
Gelatin/Jello plate vs Gelli Plate
is the Gelli Plate dries out quickly...

A natural gelatin plate is moist, giving you
lots of open time with the paint.

Next time, I may add extender to the textile paint to give me more time to work before 
the paint dries out.

You need to plan out the materials you will use 
as a resist, or to make a mark 
before you roll the paint on...

then, roll on the paint and work quickly 
before it dries.

The Gelli Plate cleans up easily...
by the time I printed the ghost print, 
the plate was nearly clean.
Then I use a wipee to get the little bit of paint left around the edges.

For spur of the moment creativity,
the Gelli Plate is great!

For planned printing, I would 
choose the natural gelatin plate.  
I can make a larger size plate, and
I have all the open time I need while working 
with the paint.

Now....who is going to clean up this creative zone?

CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts

CLICK HERE to view:  Gelatin Printing Slide Show

CLICK HERE to view:  Gelli Arts Tutorial

CLICK HERE:  Watch me create a Jello Printed Quilt

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,
LuAnn Kessi


Heather said...

Interesting process, I haven't heard of it before. It does look like lots of fun. Thanks for introducing me to it.

Eileen Cox said...

Golden makes an open acrylic line that might be better for the Gelli plate use (or even for your natural gelatin plates).

LuAnn Kessi said...

Thanks for the paint suggestion Eileen.
You may have sent me on a shopping trip!
Have a great summer.

My Best To You,

LuAnn Kessi


LindieLee said...

There's emphasis on pressing lightly and drawing gently with the plate. It seams by these instructions that it's really easy to make a mark, scratch or gouge in the plate that can't be taken out and eventually though wear the plate is unusable, is this true? How man uses can you get out of this plate before it has to be replaced? Is there anyway to remove an unwanted impression in the gel?

LuAnn Kessi said...

The Gelli Plates are much more durable than you think. I haven't heard of anyone scarring into their plate yet.

Win Dinn said...

Loving those leaf stamps! The results are yummy.