I add a new tool to my fabric obsession...a Gelli mat.
What is a Gelli mat? It's a printing plate made of a soft acrylic like substance. It feels really cool to touch, almost like really hard Jello. I decided to get it for many reasons, mainly because I have seen some really great ideas to create your own fabrics. It is endless and what you can do with a little paint, stamps and stencils.
Each time I play with my Gelli mat and call it the Gelli adventures. So today's adventure was just winging it. So I can say it was a success but I really think I'm going to have a lot of fun with it.
I started with a yucky batik that was buried in the bottom of my stash and some black fabric paint. I'm sure I had a plan with this fabric, but overall it was blah. So perfect to play with.
My first thought was to make a black silhouette, was thinking a big tree. But I tried these twigs. This was a design that I cut from my Cricut with card stock.
Not quite what I was looking for but I got the concept.
Then my daughter covered the whole plate with the black paint and made random marks with a Q-tip. I like where she was going and could see this working into a collage.
Next I decided to lay turquoise and lime paint on the surface, smooched the fabric and got a blue/green background...it was ok. Then I loaded up the plate with black and added a stencil over the black. I laid the blue/green over it and got this printed fabric.
Now I can see it going somewhere!
Light bulb went off...
Next week I will continue with this Gelli Adventure.
Stay tuned to my new Etsy shop look, new items and more to come.