Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pencil Holder from Gelli Arts® Printed Baby Wipes

Baby wipes!  I cannot live without them!  I use them to blend colors, to remove too much paint from projects, to clean stamps, stencils, the Gelli® Plate and so much more.
I realized that some of my used baby wipes had beautiful colors and I wondered if I could use them, once dried, as fabric.  I collected and dried the lovely ones until I had a nice pile, then I started to play with them.

There are many awesome things you can do with used baby wipes since they are not as fragile as you might think.  They are great for all kinds of sewing projects!

Today, I will show you how I used baby wipes and the Gelli Arts® Mini Triangle Plate to create a colorful pencil holder.
Before I start, I have to say that I am not a sewer.  I hate sewing patterns; I do not measure or care for perfection.  If you are not a sewer either, do not be intimidated by this post!  I challenge you to get your sewing machine out and create something with fabric; you will be amazed by what you are capable of!  So let’s go!

I started by selecting baby wipes in nice contrasting colors, as I wanted my pencil holder to be very bright and colorful.  Of course, you could decide to combine more monochrome colors if you want.

Then I decided I wanted to create a patchwork effect using the Gelli Arts® Mini Triangle Plate.

I rolled out some acrylic paint on my craft sheet and used my brayer to cover a rubber stamp with a nice even layer of paint.  Using an acrylic block to hold the mini Gelli® plate, I took the paint from the stamp, transferred it to the Gelli® plate, and then stamped it on to the baby wipes.

You can also roll the paint on the Gelli® plate, use the rubber stamp to take away paint from the Gelli® plate and then stamp it on the baby wipes.  This will give you a negative image of the rubber stamp.

When I had enough triangles stamped, I cut them out.  I roughly followed the edges of the stamped patterns.  For me personally, I like a bit of imperfection, a bit of wonkiness. :)
If you want it to be more uniform, then you could cut out a triangle from chipboard and use that as a guide for cutting – all the triangles will be the same size and shape.

I took a piece of canvas fabric (~12" (30.4cm) x 17" (43.2cm)) spread it out and made a nice pattern with the triangles.  I secured them to the fabric with pins.  Then I cut the fabric to size, leaving about 5/8” (1.5 cm) border around the triangles.  

I used my sewing machine to zigzag the triangles on to the fabric.  I did not worry about the lines being straight; I just made sure that I did not miss any edges.  The baby wipes are pretty stretchable and while I was sewing I stretched the triangles so the edges touched (or slightly overlapped) each other.

Then I took another piece of fabric that was just as wide as the first one but, 1 ½ times the height.
I then folded the bottom third of the fabric up on top of itself (this is to make the compartment for the pockets). You can watch my video to see how I did this!).  In the end, I had the same size piece as the patchwork fabric.  Then I sewed the compartments that will hold the pens and pencils.

When this was done, I placed one piece of fabric on top of the other with the right sides facing each other and sewed them together with about a 5/8” (1.5 cm) border from the edge. I used the stitching of the triangles as a guide.   Leaving one side open, I then turned it right side out.

Then I folded the remaining ½” of fabric inside and placed the beginning of a piece of ribbon in the opening.  Finally, I closed this side as well by continuing to sew all around the edges.

And here is the final pencil case:

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and got inspired to create your own fun projects using baby wipes and Gelli® Plates!

-Birgit Koopsen

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gelli Arts® Printed Suncatcher

Hi there! It’s Marsha back again with another sunny craft idea for kids!
Watch my video to get a better idea of how it works:

These colourful suncatchers feature the packing tape transfer technique. Instead of covering the Gelli® Plate with acrylic paint and pulling prints from the wet paint, you build layers of paint, letting them dry on the plate before removing them using packing tape or clear contact paper.

Each layer of paint needs to dry completely before you can add another, so depending on the amount of layers, there will be more or less ‘waiting for paint to dry’ time involved.

When you want to try this technique with kids, I suggest you use the fastest drying acrylic paint you have in your stash and try and keep the paint layers as thin as possible.

You can of course use the drying time to cut a few DIY craft foam stamps. Or you can choose to work on the different paint layers over the course of a couple of days.

Step 1:
Gather the acrylic paint colours, stamping tools and stencils you want to use.

Step 2:
Apply paint to the plate of your choice. I started out with the 8” x 10” Gelli® Plate because my largest photo frame was 8” x 8” and I chose the 5” x 7” plate for the smaller transfers.
When you are done with the first layer of paint, leave it to dry completely. Once dry you can (finger)paint, stamp and stencil more paint on top.

The drying time ensures that you do not unintentionally smear the paint marks you’ve just made and it also saves the background from turning a shade of mud.

Step 3:
Once you are happy with all the coloured layers, it’s time for one last paint layer: the real art work.
I chose black paint for the final layer because I wanted my transfer to mimic the look of stained glass. 

You can finger paint a pattern or you can paint the outlines of your favourite pet or object.

Step 4:
Now the paint needs to dry thoroughly, overnight if possible.

Step 5:
Cut a sheet of contact paper to the size of your Gelli® Plate and adhere it on top of the painted layers. Burnish it well with an old plastic (gift) card. Then pull it from the plate just like you would pull a print.

Stick the contact paper transfer onto a transparency. You can also adhere it directly onto the glass in the photo frame, but I found this easier to handle.

Step 6:
Get two (inexpensive) photo frames of the same size. Remove the (plexi)glass from one of the frames and discard the frame.

Place the contact paper transfer in the other frame and replace the back piece with the (plexi)glass from the first frame.

Step 7:
If you want to hang the suncatcher, screw two hooks into the frame and attach a chain or sturdy nylon cord to the hooks.

Step 8:
Find the suncatcher a nice window and enjoy the colourful view!


Gelli Arts®
Gelli® Plate 8" x 10”and 5” x 7”

Acrylic paint (Deco Art Americana, Brilliant Red, Calypso Blue, 
Dragon Fruit, Foliage Green, Indian Turquoise, Lamp (Carbon) Black, 
Olive Green, Tangelo Orange, Yellow Light, Sea Aqua, 
Snow (Titanium) White, Wisteria)
Clear contact paper or packing tape
Inexpensive photo frames (two of the same size for each suncatcher)
Craft foam
Craft knife
Cosmetic sponge
Old plastic (gift) card

Optional: Screw-hooks and chain or nylon cord

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