15 April 2014

P.S. I remelted the gelli plate

I thought the size of a lasagna pan would be a much more "useful" size considering the size of my sketch book.

I used a paring knife to slice the gelli plate into smallish (1" X 1") squares then put them in a glass bowl and microwaved for one minute X 3, stirring after each minute. It was a snap.

Today the manufactured Gelli Plate came from Blicks but I like the size of my "newly melted" plate - 9X13, It is will be hard to whip up enthusiasm for the actual $30. Gelli Plate.

OK, here are some "tests" with the new size home made permanent gelli plate:

This is one of my favs because it is #1 light and #2 has fabulous markings

Re-used bubble wrap without washing the blue off.

Use a bubble wrap "dauber" and got light colored and interesting marks. Another winner.

NOT a close-up.

Too much. The green under the purple was a wonderful page ruined by too much purple.

 Yellow with bubble wrap over solid (light) green.

Stamps on chartreuse.  Note to self. Hand cut rubber stamps show too many cut marks on the background. Use thick stamps with no background (like foam core cut).

Used new plate. I later cleaned it with a terry wash cloth with water. You can see the two overlapped sheets of transparency film in the center of the photo above. I also covered the plate with transparency film after returning it to the pan for storage.

Can you see the "transparency film" I put under the gelli plate? 

Sheet of "big" bubble wrap (blue) and the smaller piece of purple I used as a dauber. The sticky lint roller (from the dollar store) with elastics wrapped around it is one of my favorite tools for stamping or marking on the gelli plate.. If it gets too gooked up, I can remove the elastics, tear off one layer of sticky paper and apply new elastics.

11 April 2014

Make your own permanent gelli plate

I finally broke down and bought a Gelli Plate from Blicks. It hasn't come yet. Don't you know as soon as I ordered it, I stumbled on to a number of YouTube videos on making your own permanent gelli plate.
Here are the links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6BQo63zsvA by Edie Cournoyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6BQo63zsvA  by Lindsey the Frugalcrafter

http://calligraphycards-shazinoz.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-make-gelli-plate-or-jelly-pad.html  with Shaz from the UK

I was actually so confused since they were all so different (especially Shaz) that I kind of combined the techniques.
I used 8 packets of knox gelatin
3 C ice cold water
3 T sugar
12 oz (2 bottles) of glycerin.

I mixed the gelatin and water in one container and the glycerin and sugar in another. When dissolved, I mixed them together and heated in a Pyrex bowl in the microwave (pot on the stove will work as well) in one minute increments with stirring in between 3 times (3 minutes total). I put it in a 9 X 9 brownie pan but I could have used an 8 X 13. I "may" remelt this and put it in a longer pan (not so square).

I used ProChemical and Dye ProFab fabric paint and a hard brayer. Now you have to know that I have never used a gelli plate before so I was just fooling around - actually experimenting. My goal with the gelli plate is to print some light, transparent colors into my sketchbook as backgrounds so "light" is the operative word This is what happened on paper in my sketchbook:

Paint is too heavy but I like the ghost print

Paint too heavy but I like the elastics on a roller (under feather) and the feather.

Starting to get there

Too heavy still but perhaps in a lighter color it wouldn't look so bad

Now I'm starting to get there.

I really like the right side pattern. The left is a ghost from the previous print (above)

Starting to "get it"

 Good. The left was the brayer

Nice and light

 This was the bottom of one of the paint jars. I like the way I was able to go back and retrieve the "spot" I missed and placing it outside the circle.

Now fabric paint on fabric:

The muddy colors came from using an unwashed brayer over and over with different colors. This WAS just an experiment.

Here is a print using my new tile spacer stamp and it's ghost print. I DO like that stamp.

Heat setting with parchment paper on high

Half of my ProFab fabric paint.

The unmolded gelli plate. On the right side I tried to cut a straight line. Not so successful so I left it alone.

Back in it's pan for storage (in the room, not the refrigerator). I will cover with "Press and Seal". Please notice the great "Journey Bracelet" next to my highlighter. It was a gift from  a new online friend, Laura. I had sent her two balls of crochet thread to dye and she sent her own handmade (by her) Journey Bracelet. Thank you Laura.

08 April 2014

My BIG dyeing project and treasures from the beach

I decided to have a huge dyeing project involving the 12 hues of the color wheel and 3 values of each. I am also doing a portrait quilt in browns so I dyed that too.

The first day I dyed the 4 fat quarters for the portrait in a pre-mixed brown MX dye from Pro-Chem. It was obviously made with red and probably green but the lightest value turned pink. Very disappointing!! Then I dyed one yard each of fuchsia, lime green, grape and sun yellow.

What a disaster. First (note to self) never dye complementary colors and wash them even WITH color catchers. The yellow suffered the most and I used so much dye there was little difference in the values. Some I will over-dye later. 

Then I made by OWN brown using golden yellow, turquoise and mixing red and it came out much better

I have put the dyeing project on the shelf for now. Meanwhile here are pictures of my beach bootie.

04 April 2014

Convenient quilt

When I first moved to the coast 8 years ago, I joined the local (Belfast) quilt guild, the Friendship Sampler guild. One of the "activities" they had was a "puzzle" quilt. We were to buy 12 fat quarters or half yards of fabric. During the meeting we cut 12 eighteen inch squares, stacked them and using a pattern provided we were to cut the stack of squares IN ORDER.

I cut off the bottom of this because there was the persons phone number. The missing word is "fun"

Now the convenient part...  I've had these 12 squares kicking around my studio for as many years. I wanted a warn quilt to cover me from my chin and long enough to tuck under my feet. I didn't really want to put a lot of work into it so while looking for some crappy fabric to use (God forbid I use "good" fabric), I ran into these blocks. I had an old wool blanket so thin you could see through it plus I had an 1/8 " wool bat and both were just the perfect size for 3 blocks wide and 4 blocks long. I dyed some fabric for sashing which ended up not matching very well and in two days had it assembled and free motion quilted. It weighs a TON but it is just what the doctor ordered.

30 March 2014

Batik play date with Judith

I have been pretty sick these last two weeks but I've had a (pleasantly) surprising upturn. So what does that mean? Call Judith.

Yes, we had a ball yesterday and this is what we did.

 First off while I was waiting for her, I made these stamps. One is from clothesline and the other from tile spacers. You'll probably see these in action soon.

This is the green fabric with the wax on. I used basic blue dye.

This is a turquoise piece with the wax on. I used grape dye.

Wax and dye - my favorites

Does this look like an exotic tropical animal?

Green dyed blue

 Turquoise dyed grape.

 Orange red dyed fuchsia 

This last piece was a really ugly tray dye. I used two of my favorite batiking tools, my square sponge and my famous potato masher. Oh, I see the bong bong too That is the coiled wire egg beater that looks like a spiral.
This one was very difficult to figure out what color to dye with so I tried for an olive/brown. I LOVE it.

We had great Thai carry-out for lunch and walked along the beach at low tide collecting rocks, shells and sea glass, just before she had to leave.  The end of a perfect day!!

And last but not least, Judith forgot her scissors so I am holding them hostage til she returns...