Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stamping with Round Gelli® Plates on a Silk Scarf!

Looking for a perfect substrate for stamping with 4",6" and 8" Round Gelli® plates? I found one I'm really excited about!!

It's a blank 8mm habotai silk scarf measuring — 14"x72" — from Dharma Trading Company! They offer a fabulous variety of options, and this size is exactly what I was looking for.


The sheer and lightweight habotai silk (also known as 'China silk') is easiest to print on if you first stabilize it by ironing the scarf onto freezer paper. And because this scarf is 6 feet long — you can easily roll up the freezer paper and unroll as you work on sections.


I used plastic clips to keep the scarf neatly rolled up while I worked on one area at a time.


To stamp with a Gelli® plate, place the plate on an acrylic block or sheet. Clear mounts let you place your imprint where you want it. I use an 8-1/2 x 11 inch acrylic box frame to mount my 8" round Gelli® plate. It works great for stamping! The gel plates will stay in place on their acrylic mounts until you remove them.


Maintaining the soft hand of the silk fabric is important for the scarf to drape nicely. There are paints specifically made for painting on silk, but they are very thin and tend to bead up on the gel plate — so they don't work well for monoprinting or stamping.


I used DecoArt's SoSoft Fabric Paint and find it leaves the fabric nice and soft. However, it's important not to use a thick application of paint. This is not the ideal project for layered paint techniques. If paint builds up on the sheer fabric, it changes the hand.


Instead of rolling a layer of paint on the gel plate with a brayer as I usually do, I painted thin layers with a flat brush. I love the look of loose brushstrokes in the circle images! And it's so much fun blending colors and swirling brushstrokes — going in circles!


All marks and designs on the painted gel plate were made using the following tools:

The result is a painterly look, which works nicely with the soft silk.


This is a fast and fun process. Here are the steps — Easy as 1-2-3!!
  1. Brush fabric paint onto the gel plate with painterly brushstrokes.
  2. Make subtractive marks in the wet paint with combs and soft-tipped tools.
  3. Stamp the painted plate onto the fabric.

I worked from one end of the scarf to the mid-point — then started at the other end and worked back to the middle. But if you prefer, you can easily work from one end to the other. Using the three round plate sizes makes it especially easy to fit the circle images together into a harmonious design. And variation in the circle sizes adds visual interest to the overall pattern.


TIPS:

To keep your colors clean while brushing them onto the plate — use analogous colors. Those are the ones that are next to each other on the color wheel.


Another simple, but sometimes overlooked, tip for clean colors is to give your brush a good rinse before switching colors. It's amazing how quickly colors can turn to mud if you don't.


For this project — after each print — I wiped the plate with a spritz of water and a paper towel to remove any residual paint on the plate. It only takes a second and helps keep the colors clean and bright.


SoSoft Paints don't require heat-setting — and they dry quickly so you can keep moving on to the next area.



You'll notice for this project I chose not to overlap the circle imprints. Mostly, because I wanted the design to feature individual circles! But also, I wanted to avoid overlapping images where layered paint might build up and alter the hand of the fabric.



After the scarf is Gelli® printed — it's done and ready to wear!



Now isn't this the perfect Spring accessory! A beautiful and breezy handprinted scarf! Go ahead and make one...or a few...and remember, it's a wonderful Mother's Day gift!!


Remember, we now have Gelli® partners all over the world, so it's easier than ever to find a Gelli® retailer near you! 

51 comments:

  1. AAhh, Ms Phrenology head, you look marvelous and you, Ms Joan, as well. Nice project. Thanks
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  2. Another terrific idea! Thank you!

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  3. That is SUCH a good idea! Thanks for the info.

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  4. Gracious! That scarf is scrumptious! I am afraid that I might make hundreds of them. This is a dangerous new idea and I'm very excited about it. Thanks for posting it.

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  5. Beautiful job on this and the scarf is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Love the gelli plates and can't wait to try this. So glad you share these wonderful projects.

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  7. great idea! would be good on a tote bag, too!?

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  8. WOW this looks fantastic - love it and those paints sound fabulous xx

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  9. I would love to know how much paint you went through to do this project. I would like to do this with a group of 5 kids. Curious if the paint went very far

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    1. A friend and I just did this project and the paint went pretty far because you apply it thinly. We kept some hand sanitizer nearby to make cleaning the plate quick and easy between printings, too.

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  10. I would love to try my hand with this medium. I love the bright colors and am intrigued with the scarf! What fun.

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  11. looks like a really fun item! I would love to win this for crafts at Vacation Bible school this year!

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  12. Wow, this looks incredible! I would craft cards, art, projects with the kids and so much more! Sincerely, Jamie Arnold.

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  13. EXCELLENT!! what a wonderful product! super excited about it!! TFS!!!

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  14. What an amazing idea! This would be great for gifts with Mother's Day coming up next month - Mom, Grandma, my aunts, cousins and friends would all be delighted with what I could make them with this wonderful tool!
    Margaret E. Jordan

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  15. This would be so much fun to use with my daughter, who just took printmaking at college. She's the art major with all the know how. I'm the mother that just likes spending time with her.

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  16. I would gather up my very artistic Granddaughter and we would make so many projects together it would look like Christmas! Thank you!

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  17. My Sister is a Foster Mom to 3 children. She is also an elementary school teacher. She absolutely loves sharing crafting with all her kids. If I won, I would give this to her and I know there could never be anyone more appreciative or thrilled to receive it.

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  18. I would use it in my sons class to assist the students on projects and in art!

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  19. Would love to win this . It is awesome !

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  20. Would love to win this . It is awesome !

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  21. I can't wait to try this. What a beautiful scarf.

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  22. Such creative idea! Keep them coming.
    judyanncreations@comcast.net

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  23. Thanks for all of the great ideas! Combining media and tools to come up with one of a kind creations is right up my alley! Thanks!

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  24. I would love to win ad learn this new craft so many ideas and love the mixture of colors, as a drapery professional I loved mixing prints sot mixing these colors interest me so much.

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  25. This new scan and cut combined with gelli printing is one fabulous duo!!!!!

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  26. Amazing, would love to try that out!

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  27. Amazing, would love to try that out!

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  28. I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS! IT REALLY LOOKS AMAZING THE THINGS YOU CAN DO. SO MANY CRAFT PROJECTS MY DAUGHTER AND I COULD DO.

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  29. This is fabulous! Can't wait to try it! Love,love love it! Excited!!!

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  30. Hi love your work. I would love to win this wonderful machine it does so much more than I thought. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance.

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  31. Hi! I have some questions not related, but couldn't find another way for help:-). I just used my Gelli plate for the first time today. Yes, I'm totally inexperienced, and watching the tutorials, everything seems so easy; however, my brayer keeps slipping in the paint, paint is running off the sides, and I'm not getting good, even coverage like I see in the tutorials. In regards to paint dripping off sides I would think it's because of too much paint. The same goes for the brayer sliding in the paint, and roller not spinning. I used a lot of paint because it was drying so fast and I wasn't getting good, smooth coverage. So, what am I doing wrong? Why is it not working like the tutorials I watch? You guys are so talented and I'm repeating myself, but you make it appear as if I could just take out of package and make awesome prints. Maybe I should just give up? Ok, thanks for your time and help!!

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    1. Hi Christina - thanks for your note! Using too much paint can cause the brayer to slip, as you've described. Less paint will work better. If you find your paint drying too fast, adding an 'open' or 'slow-drying' medium will help. Glazing medium will slow the drying time also. Keep trying!! :)

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  32. I would do art projects with my granddaughter of her choosing on the weekends. She is very creative and always likes to try something new. This would be awesome.

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  33. If I won this incredible and wonderful machine, I would first use it for embroidery and applique. It is fantastic all the things it can do. I love the scanning option to line up what needs to be cut!! I've been working with polymer clay and want to work on it cutting through thin cooked polymer clay. I don't know much about Gelli plates, but I love to learn new crafts! Thanks for the fun opportunity. Kerri Crawford

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  34. I have craft tools but not the gelli plate or the scan n cut. I would love to play with those!

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  35. I love the gelli plates ! The tutorials that you share have helped me to do much more with it then I ever thought that I could !! If I won the scan and cut I would use it to cut masks to use with the gelli plate on fabric for sewing, embroidery and my bead work as well !

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  36. This looks amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. This looks amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. Awesome prize package. If I win I will cut stencils and Gelli plate to my hearts content.

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  39. What a fabulous giveaway! I work in mixed media and love to use stencils for my background patterns. I love playing with my gelli plate and make papers to use in my collages. This would add just another fun way to play!

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  40. This is a wonderful giveaway!! I love mixed media & work a lot with gelli plates, it would be fabulous to have a scan n cut to add another dimension to my art work!!

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  41. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  42. I really appreciate your professional approach. These are pieces of very useful information that will be of great use for me in future.

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  43. Thanks for a fabulous idea. A friend and I recently created our own artist retreat and each did our own versions of this fun project. http://cindihuss.blogspot.com/2015/07/homemade-art-retreat-part-iii.html and http://reclaimingmybohomojo.blogspot.com/2015/07/artists-retreat-july-2015.html

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