Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gelli® Printing on Sheer Fabrics!

Enhance your art by adding a layer of monoprinted sheer fabric, such as organza or habotai silk! Watch this video demonstrating useful tips and mark-making inspiration for Gelli® printing on sheer fabrics!

Layering Gelli® printed sheer fabrics as a collage element can add depth to your artwork. Whether you work on journal pages, cards, canvas, fabric collage, art quilts, watercolors, or mixed media — adding your own translucent monoprinted fabric gives it a different look!

Printing on sheer fabrics is fun and easy — and here are a few tips that should help ensure good results.

Stabilizing sheer fabric before printing is a step I definitely recommend — it makes the flimsy fabric easy to handle. Adding a backing to sheer fabric also keeps the paint from seeping through and making a mess on your hands.

Ironing fabric onto the shiny side of freezer paper is a great way to stabilize fabric for printing.

TIP:  Palette paper is similar to freezer paper — so if you prefer working with flat, pre-cut paper — you can iron your fabric to that instead.

But some sheer fabrics, such as synthetic organza, aren't always considered iron-friendly.

With that in mind, I did some testing and can report success in ironing this type of fabric onto freezer paper with my iron set on 'Silk' and also as high as the ‘Wool’ setting — with the fabric covered with a protective piece of parchment paper.

It's worth experimenting! Just make sure you iron over a sheet of parchment paper — and that the iron does NOT touch the freezer paper directly.

TIP:  Sheer fabrics tend to fray, so keep an eye out for those stray threads and remove them. They'll show up in your prints!

Printing on stabilized sheer fabrics is as easy as printing on paper! For information about printing on a silk habotai scarf — take a look here.

This time, my intent for printing on sheer fabric is to use it as a veil layer over another substrate, creating an interesting effect. The paint I'm using in the video is Jacquard Textile paint — on a 12˝x14˝ Gelli® plate. Cuts of sheer fabrics have been ironed onto Blick 9˝x12˝ Palette paper to stabilize it.

Unless you plan to launder your fabric, any acrylic paint should work well. Many paints have an impact on the 'hand', or feel of the fabric and make it stiffer. But some fabric paints, like Jacquard Textile Paint, leave the fabric with a nice soft hand.

TIP:  These paints can discolor the Gelli® plate — so to clean it, just wipe the plate with baby oil and then wash it with dish soap (like Dawn) —then rinse with water and pat dry with a paper towel. Totally clean!!

Your mark-making options are the same for fabric as for Gelli® printing on paper, so use your favorite methods and texture tools to create your designs.

I've been playing with a super fun mark-making material — compressed sponges! — and having so much fun cutting it into different shapes. The sponge material is about 1/8 inch thick and seems similar to cardboard. You can draw a design on it as a cutting guide — or cut freehand. Use sharp scissors or a craft knife to cut the compressed sponge material.

 Once you've cut out a shape — place the compressed sponge in a shallow dish of water — and watch it expand! Squeeze out the excess water and it's ready to use!

If you don't have compressed sponges, no problem! You can use ordinary household sponges. These are great for basic shapes, but can be more challenging to cut designs with precision. The larger hole patterns in regular sponges make fabulous texture patterns!

To print, apply the paint to your Gelli® plate and roll into a thin layer with a brayer.

Press a sponge onto the painted gel surface to stamp your design. The sponge will remove paint from the plate. The holes in the sponge imprint the coolest texture in the paint!

Create additional designs with your favorite texture tools! In this print, I used a Colour Shaper to draw lines in the paint.

You'll see in the video that I cover the sponge with the lid of an old CD case and press onto the painted plate. That keeps the stamping even — while keeping my fingers (and fingerprints!) out of the paint when squishing the sponge. It's totally optional.

Cover the painted Gelli® plate with a piece of stabilized sheer fabric. Rub to transfer the paint and pull your print.

When the print is dry, simply peel the fabric off of the stabilizing backing — it releases easily.

Rinse your sponges out before the paint dries and they're good to reuse over and over. When your clean sponge dries out, it'll shrink a bit and stiffen. But watch it rehydrate nicely when dunked in water!

Printed sheer fabrics are wonderful for layering over collage, or text— and other papers, like sheet music, maps, ephemera, simple drawings, or other Gelli® prints. You can adhere the sheer fabric with matte medium — or your favorite collage adhesive.

Or, you can use a thin fusible adhesive, such as Pellon Style 807- Wonder-Web® Fusible Web with No Backing. Fusible are great when you don’t want to use wet adhesive. The bond is instant and there’s no drying time or buckling.

To fuse — protect your ironing surface with a piece of parchment paper. Then place your substrate on the parchment paper. Lay the fusible adhesive on your substrate and cover with the printed sheer fabric. Cover the whole thing with another piece of parchment paper — and press with an iron to fuse — using the manufacturer's recommended heat setting.

There's so much creative potential using sheer monoprinted fabrics to create layers in your artwork! Once you print on sheer fabrics you'll find so many exciting ways to use it!

Also — you can layer the sheer prints together to get awesome effects! Especially cool when layering a first pull with its ghost, out of register. I took these photos of some layered combinations before fusing the fabrics to various substrates. Now I can use those pictures to create other images! Try it!!


And now for our Very Special Giveaway!! 
A complete kit for monoprinting on sheer fabrics 
using sponge techniques!

One lucky winner's prize kit will include:


Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts or #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

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

Good Luck and Happy Printing! 

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Modular Origami with Gelli® Prints!

Regina here! Back with another fun project for your finished Gelli® prints: Modular Origami! 

I am super sick of this cold weather and ready for Spring to be sprung! I have been thinking about the warm breeze and flowers in bloom, so here are some gorgeous origami flowers that are easy to make and will help you get over these last few weeks of Winter!

Using a thinner paper like a Japanese rice paper or regular copy paper, I created some Gelli® monoprints using bright colors and fun stencils! You can use the 5x5 Student Printing Plate to make square prints for origami – or create prints with any other size Gelli® plate and cut your prints into perfect squares! For the flowers, you only need to print on one side of the paper.

To create one flower, you will need an even number of prints, with a minimum of six square prints.

Once all of your prints are together, you can begin creating your flower one petal at a time. I used a bone folder by RecollectionsTM while making this project in order to get a sharp crease, but you could just use the back of your nail to get a similar effect.

Step 1: Fold your square in half corner to corner diagonally, with your print on the outside of the fold. Make sure to crease well.

Step 2: With the resulting triangle placed with the longest side on the bottom, bring the right hand corner up to meet the top point of the triangle and crease.

Step 3: Repeat on the left side side and crease. You should now have a diamond shape.

Step 4: With the diamond shape in front of you, take the right hand side triangle’s longest edge and fold to the right, aligning its edge with the edge of the diamond. It should meet perfectly at the bottom edge of the diamond. Do not worry about the top edge just yet.

Step 5: Repeat on the left side and crease.

Step 6: Open up the right side flap that you just created and fold it down so you have a kite shape. Crease well.

Step 7: Repeat on the left side and crease.

Step 8: Turn over the paper and notice the white triangles on the right and left sides. These are the back of your monoprint, which is perfectly okay to leave unprinted as you will barely see it in the finished product. Fold each white triangle back to be even with the edge of the print.

Step 9: Turn the paper over so now the two triangles you just folded are visible.

Step 10: Fold the white triangle shape in on itself on the center of the “kite” line so that you recreate your diamond shape and crease.

Step 11: Bring the edges of the diamond together while adding a glue dot or your favorite dry adhesive for security. Do not crease.

Viola! You have one petal finished! Repeat steps 1-11 for the rest of your monoprints.

Attach all of the petals together and your flower is complete!

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could make multiple flowers and attach them all together for a flower ball!

In full disclosure: I did not design this modular origami flower. I was taught how to create it by my art teacher when I was in school. I have since used this project in many ways, such as a project for my own art club, a decoration for a wedding shower, and part of a beautiful retirement gift! If you give it a try, we’d love to see your results!

Here are the materials used to create this project:
Please—share your prints with us on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using the hashtag #gelliprint #gelliarts or #gelliplate. Tag us with @gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you're creating!!

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

Have fun and happy printing! 

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