Handmade Gelli Plate Printing

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!

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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.

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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.

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All finished and ready to play.

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I started with just some basic colours and shapes, just to get the hang of it.. it all soon got a bit carried away.

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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.












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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 🙂






A new (for me) technique using freezer paper

I tried something new today. I found this tutorial on Pinterest the other day and thought it looked like a bit of fun. Ihave used other methods of transferring photos before but I have to say this gives pretty good results. I still have to work out just the right amount of water..I think all my efforts today were a little too wet, but I got some interesting results because of it. I even sprayed this one with extra water after transfer to add to the ink seepage.

This is the piece I made. I transferred a photo I had taken of Bottlebrush buds then over stitched part of it. It is a bit hard to see in the photo but there are a lot a subtle colour changes in the background due to the water spray speading the ink. It has taken the details out and just turned it into hazy colours. It gives quite a lovely soft texture to the background.

I did a couple of other prints as well that I am going to stitch in a slightly different way..will share when they are done!



Wanted: Crafty blogs!

I’ve just added a new page up there.  The Crafty Blogs linky page.  If you have our know of any great crafty blogs or even new little ones that want some exposure,  please add then under the comments so that we can all have a look.  I love reading new crafty blogs …do you?



My first free sewing Tutorial

I have a secret confession to make, I am a closet scrap hoarder..or maybe not such a closet one as my husband would say!!. I have boxes and boxes of fabric scraps, I just can’t bear to waste any of that gorgeous stuff.

So, what to do with it all?.. This is one of the things I make from the cut off edges of quilts… no, I can’t even throw those away!.  These bookmarks are really easy to make, so I thought for my first ever tutorial I would stick with something simple and do a tutorial for these. Basically so that I can get the hang of writing a tutorial and make sure it is easy to follow.  Of course these need not be made with quilt edge scraps, they can be made just with two strips of fabric for the non quilters out there.

The Tutorial can be found here