Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time free motion quilting and when I took breaks I got a few projects ready to quilt. One project is the leftover scraps from my Avalon Clamshell pillow tutorial – if you missed the giveaway be sure to click here to visit that page.
Did you notice the little blue fish? I have seen a lot of beautiful artwork created with a Gelli Arts gel printing plate and I really want to buy one. I’ve been waiting for the weather to get nice so I could drive to Dick Blick Art Materials which is about 70 miles away.
Well in the mean time I watch a couple videos showing how to make your own gel printing plate with Knox gelatin, water and glycerin. We were at the grocery store and I picked up the supplies to make one. I should have bought a cheap plastic container, instead I used a glass cooking dish.
I had a terrible time getting the gel plate out…..some of it fell apart.
I mixed up some paint with a medium for fabric and put it on the plate. The plate seemed to soak up the paint more than I was expecting. Part of the problem with the paints might have been that they had been stored in basement and were cold and thick. I had the cute little fish stamp (from the Dollar Store) that I put on the plate before I put my fabric on top of the plate.
Okay, I know this isn’t a fancy art piece but I think I have a little grand daughter who will love it, especially with the batik border!
My little experiment has shown me that I want to
play work with a gel plate so I think I will be buying a “real” one.
If you would like to know more about this you can visit Gelliarts where there is even a video on using one.