Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Printing Fabric with a Gelli® Plate

Have I mentioned that I have a Webinar on Craft University coming up next week?
I'll be sharing what I know about making prints using a Gelli® Plate.
I'll give advice on the tools and paints I enjoy most.
I will show you how I created the fabrics in my Moonlight quilt:
As well as how I created fabrics like this one:
I hope you will join me next Wednesday, June 29th at 1 p.m. EST.  IF you can't join us then you can download the class and listen later!  You can sign up for class here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dye Party 2015

 Every year we have a dye party with a quilt guild.  I was in charge of putting together the party this year and sharing my knowledge. We had 23 dye colors, sodium alginate, shaving cream, ice, ziplock bags, and lots of stamps to play with!
Everyone brings their own table, table cloth and containers to create with.
Andrea (on the left) has done this a few years and brought take out containers to dye in so that she could cover them up and take them home to continue processing.  Smart woman!  No wonder she is president of our guild. 
Not everyone comes to the party to dye.  Many come to stitch and visit and. . .

 . . .eat snacks.
 This year I decided to create a color chart.
I wrote the color names on a piece of soda ashed pfd and then painted on some dye.
 It was interesting to see how some of the colors have a tendency to break down as they spread.
There was a lot of beautiful shaving cream marbling going on.
This one was created by an 8 year old.
Very creative!
This 9 year old was pretty amazing too!
She was kind enough to let me take her picture while she was masked up for ice dyeing.
It seemed that everyone was trying out the Hot Black in their ice dyes.  It has a lot of lovely colors in it!  I'll post a photo of mine once it is dry.
My friend, Helen, was smart enough to bring a chalk spraying tool to try out with the dyes.  
Her 10 year old had a great time with it!
Gaylord was a first timer at our meeting and he had a fabulous time!
He wanted to marble some very large fabric.  We decided that he should try to marble using the top of his plastic covered card table.  We did not water down the base shaving cream at all.
 The results were quite amazing and it was fun to discover that no tray is needed!
My favorite 9 year old decided she didn't like gloves.
This was us about half way through the evening.
We should have photographed our hands again at the end of the night.  I know mine were much more colorful, and still were yesterday.  Most of the dye has washed off today. Need to try scrubbing under my nails again.  This is why I don't do professional manicures.
 Betty Jo, whose yard we use for these parties, has a large field out back that she rents out.  One year it was cows, another year goats and the last couple of years have been miniature horses.  This year there was a baby!!!
 It is so adorable!
I think I heard someone say it is only two weeks old.
Can we just stop and all say "awwwwwww."

Monday, July 13, 2015


Last night I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to purchase my 10x10" piece: 
Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
She is going to pick it up from the gallery today!!!
This is another piece I created in anticipation of my Printing on Fabric with a Gelli® Plate webinar coming up at the end of the month.

I have sold pieces of work through Etsy, mostly journal covers and bags, 
but this is the first piece I have ever sold at a gallery.  
I am doing the happy dance!

Sending you all lots of love for your support through the years.

Friday, July 10, 2015


 I am working on a webinar class for Craft University called Printing Fabric with a Gelli Plate.  The class will be broadcast live on July 29th, but if you aren't able to attend that day you can listen to it later! I used some of my class sample pieces to create this art quilt, which I have called: Moonlight.
And yes the bottom is not squared up.
I did that on purpose, just enough to drive me crazy. ;)
I love the depth you can get from multiple layers on a Gelli® Print.

 I'll show how to create prints like these on fabric, as well as teach about the kinds of paints, materials and mark making objects it takes to create a piece you will love.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gelli® Plating with Kids

My daughter is Nannying two girls, ages 10 and 7, a couple days a week.  Today I talked the three of them into playing with paint.  It didn't take much talking. I got everything out, gave them a little instruction and they were ready to GO!
 I taught them not to be afraid of the paint - haha- just kidding - that skill came naturally.
 I taught the 7 year old to always put the brayer up and she remembered EVERY time.

 I forgot to teach my daughter and the 10 year old. . . Oops!
After they made a lot of prints I showed them how they could draw over the top of their prints. . .
. . .so they decided to paint on top.
 I made everyone stop for a hand-selfie before they ran out the door for gymnastics.
I hope they washed their hands before going on the equipment!

Here is the aftermath.
It's really not as messy as I thought it would be, and I was able to clean it up quick.
Here are some of their prints:
 And of course the papers from the roll off of their brayers were just as beautiful as their prints!

It was a very fun afternoon!