I have wanted a Gelli plate since the day I first heard about them. Gelli plate printing just looks like so much fun! I’ve read various blogs about making your own, so today I finally tried it. I used the recipe by The Frugal Crafter as I wanted one that didn’t have to be kept in the fridge.
The ingredients. Of course I bought too much of everything as I am hopeless at estimating amounts!
I gained a litle helper pretty quickly, as you tend to get in this house. He helped mix everything together.. “What does it smell like Cam?”… I think you can guess!!. It does have quite a strong alcohol smell.
I had heard that it is better to line the tray with plastic wrap as it makes it easier to get out. I popped it in the fridge for a couple of hours and then got impatient so took it out to start playing!. It did get fairly damaged towards the end so I think I should have left it longer.
All finished and ready to play.
I started with just some basic colours and shapes, just to get the hang of it.. it all soon got a bit carried away.
We soon picked up another helper and it was ON!
I only had acrylic paints, so that’s what we used, over and over again.
We did get some quite pretty patterns in the end.
We did encounter a few problems along the way. I discovered pretty quickly that the edges of the plate stick very badly to the paper unless you pad paints all the way up to and down the sides of the block. I’m not sure if this was just because I pulled it out of the fridge early or if it would do this anyway. We did actually completely destroy the plate by the end of the afternoon. The boys weren’t particularly gentle with it so it was full of holes. The great thing about this recipe is that when this happens you can simply melt it down and re set it. It is currently sitting back in the fridge. This time it will be over night, so we’ll see if that makes a difference to it’s durability. To melt it down, I just broke it up into a saucepan and put on the cooktop on low. It only took about 5 mins. You can also do it for a minute or so in the microwave.
I’m going to try with some fabric paints onto fabric.. new fabrics for my journals I’m thinking 🙂
I have just finished setting up my brand new wordpress.org website and blog yippee. I will be posting my blog on there from now on. I’m a bit sad however as I lost all my likes and followers during the move..
luckily your lovely comments have all stayed with me 🙂
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I just wanted to take the time to say something. Remember, you do not need to be an artist to complete an art journal. Journalling is simply a way to organise your thoughts, document important parts of your life, or simply to let off steam!. It can be challenging as well as fun and can also be quite a therapeutic way to get out negative thoughts or feelings. It is a fabulous escape and can be similar to meditation in it’s calming effects on the brain and promoting general happiness. If you need somewhere to start, you could join a group such as The Documented Life, a group that sets weekly challenges in a safe and friendly environment, free from judgement. You can join at any time and many members have never journalled before. The easiest way to begin journalling is just to grab a book and START.
I have just started following A documented Life in my own journal and I’m loving it.
It’s been school holidays, so I’ve been out having some adventures with my little boys. We’ve been to the big smoke (Sydney) for a couple of weeks, explored our local waterfall and climbed a local mountain.. more of a hill really!!.
As well as all that, I’ve been busy making journals..Click on the photos to see more information.
I made a slightly different journal this week. A bit more fun and a bit more bright!. I added a free motion sunflower that I made a year or so ago .. once I made it I didn’t know what to do with it so it has just sat there shining at me …..I also did some hand stitching and added some buttons to the journal to spark it up even more.
I left a few of raw edges on this one so that the gentle fraying becomes part of the design.
Sunflower made by free motion stitching onto water solvable fabric. Once the stitching is complete, simply soak in water and the base fabric magically disappears leaving a lace like flower. I used three different yellows and orange to make up the flower.. and LOTS of stitching.
This journal also has a ribbon bookmark with a fabric tassel.
It is available for sale here as a kit if you are interested. My Art Journal Kits include the journal and a packet of coordinating fabric scraps, ribbon and papers, to start you on your journaling journey.
I have recently finished my largest thread painted art quilt!.. very exciting for me but kind of frustrating as I’m not allowed to show anyone yet!. It is for entry into a specific event and part of the deal is that no one is allowed to see it before the event. So, until I know whether I am accepted or not I will have to leave it at a little sneak peek shot.
I have also been busy making more journals.. I really do have a journal obsession now!
Love this fabric! I actually made this from leftovers from a queen bed quilt I am making for myself.. it may be finished in around 10 years or so!.
Blue and green should never be seen?
I have been collecting selvedges for a long time in the hope to use them one day. I finally used some today to make two selvedge journals.
The first is in soft blues and turquoise.
The second bold and bright
Both are available for sale in my Zibbet store
Well, I have bitten the bullet and set up a Big Cartel store
just for my Art Quilts and Journals. I have some special prices listed on some Art Quilts as a starting celebration. What do you think?
I am taking part in a showcase on Facebook that has the theme “Upcycled”. I do love a bit of upcycling so was very excited to join in. My first piece was made from these: A gorgeous tablecloth, a broken bracelet and fabric swatches from a furnishing fabrics sample book (you know how I love those!)
Of course I turned it all into an Art Journal. I pieced the fabrics then free motion quilted over the top using a variety of threads including a lovely variegated sulky. I then added buttons from the bracelet. This is the result.
I love the bright colours in this journal, even though they are colours that I haven’t ever really used, or been attracted to before.
My second item for the showcase is a bag made from a couple of shirts, a dress a vintage tablecloth and a pair of jeans.
I haven’t made a bag for a while so it was fun to do one again. I have since made a couple more!. It is lined with cotton batting and has been free motion quilted and appliqued onto the batting to give it some form.