Gelli® Printing on Sheer Fabrics!

Enhance your art by adding a layer of monoprinted sheer fabric,
such as organza or habotai silk! Watch this video demonstrating useful tips and
mark-making inspiration for Gelli® printing on sheer fabrics!

Layering Gelli® printed sheer fabrics as a collage element can
add depth to your artwork. Whether you work on journal pages, cards, canvas,
fabric collage, art quilts, watercolors, or mixed media — adding your own
translucent monoprinted fabric gives it a different look!

Printing on sheer fabrics is fun and easy — and here are a few
tips that should help ensure good results.

Stabilizing sheer fabric before printing is a step I definitely
recommend — it makes the flimsy fabric easy to handle. Adding a backing to
sheer fabric also keeps the paint from seeping through and making a mess on
your hands.

Ironing fabric onto the shiny side of freezer paper is a great
way to stabilize fabric for printing.

TIP:  Palette paper
is similar to freezer paper — so if you prefer working with flat, pre-cut paper
— you can iron your fabric to that instead.

But some sheer fabrics, such as synthetic organza, aren’t always
considered iron-friendly.

With that in mind, I did some testing and can report success in
ironing this type of fabric onto freezer paper with my iron set on ‘Silk’ and
also as high as the ‘Wool’ setting — with the fabric covered with a
protective piece of parchment paper
.

It’s worth experimenting! Just make sure you iron over a sheet of
parchment paper — and that the iron does NOT touch the freezer paper directly.

TIP:  Sheer fabrics
tend to fray, so keep an eye out for those stray threads and remove them.
They’ll show up in your prints!

Printing on stabilized sheer fabrics is as easy as printing on
paper! For information about printing on a silk habotai scarf — take a look here.

This time, my intent for printing on sheer fabric is to use it as
a veil layer over another substrate, creating an interesting effect. The paint
I’m using in the video is Jacquard Textile paint — on a 12˝x14˝ Gelli® plate. Cuts of sheer fabrics have been ironed onto Blick 9˝x12˝ Palette paper to stabilize it.

Unless you plan to launder your fabric, any acrylic paint should
work well. Many paints have an impact on the ‘hand’, or feel of the fabric and
make it stiffer. But some fabric paints, like Jacquard Textile Paint, leave the
fabric with a nice soft hand.

TIP:  These paints
can discolor the Gelli® plate — so to clean it, just wipe the plate with baby
oil and then wash it with dish soap (like Dawn) —then rinse with water and pat
dry with a paper towel. Totally clean!!

Your mark-making options are the same for fabric as for Gelli®
printing on paper, so use your favorite methods and texture tools to create
your designs.

I’ve been playing with a super fun mark-making material —
compressed sponges! — and having so much fun cutting it into different shapes.
The sponge material is about 1/8 inch thick and seems similar to cardboard. You
can draw a design on it as a cutting guide — or cut freehand. Use sharp
scissors or a craft knife to cut the compressed sponge material.

 Once you’ve cut out a shape — place the compressed sponge in a
shallow dish of water — and watch it expand! Squeeze out the excess water and
it’s ready to use!

If you don’t have compressed sponges, no problem! You can use
ordinary household sponges. These are great for basic shapes, but can be more
challenging to cut designs with precision. The larger hole patterns in regular
sponges make fabulous texture patterns!

To print, apply the paint to your Gelli® plate and roll into a
thin layer with a brayer.

Press a sponge onto the painted gel surface to stamp your design.
The sponge will remove paint from the plate. The holes in the sponge imprint
the coolest texture in the paint!

Create additional designs with your favorite texture tools! In
this print, I used a Colour Shaper to draw lines in the paint.

You’ll see in the video that I cover the sponge with the lid of
an old CD case and press onto the painted plate. That keeps the stamping even —
while keeping my fingers (and fingerprints!) out of the paint when squishing
the sponge. It’s totally optional.

Cover the painted Gelli® plate with a piece of stabilized sheer
fabric. Rub to transfer the paint and pull your print.

When the print is dry, simply peel the fabric off of the
stabilizing backing — it releases easily.

Rinse your sponges out before the paint dries and they’re good to
reuse over and over. When your clean sponge dries out, it’ll shrink a bit and
stiffen. But watch it rehydrate nicely when dunked in water!

Printed sheer fabrics are wonderful for layering over collage, or
text— and other papers, like sheet music, maps, ephemera, simple drawings, or
other Gelli® prints. You can adhere the sheer fabric with matte medium — or
your favorite collage adhesive.

Or, you can use a thin fusible adhesive, such as Pellon Style 807- Wonder-Web® Fusible Web with No Backing. Fusible are great when you don’t
want to use wet adhesive. The bond is instant and there’s no drying time or
buckling.

To fuse — protect your ironing surface with a piece of parchment
paper. Then place your substrate on the parchment paper. Lay the fusible
adhesive on your substrate and cover with the printed sheer fabric. Cover the
whole thing with another piece of parchment paper — and press with an iron to
fuse — using the manufacturer’s recommended heat setting.

There’s so much creative potential using sheer monoprinted
fabrics to create layers in your artwork! Once you print on sheer fabrics
you’ll find so many exciting ways to use it!

Also — you can layer the sheer prints together to get awesome
effects! Especially cool when layering a first pull with its ghost, out of
register. I took these photos of some layered combinations before fusing the
fabrics to various substrates. Now I can use those pictures to create other
images! Try it!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

And now for our Very Special Giveaway!! 

A complete
kit for monoprinting on sheer fabrics 

using sponge techniques!

One lucky winner’s prize kit will include:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!

Please—share your prints with us on our
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#gelliarts or #gelliplate. Tag us with
@gelliarts on Instagram and Twitter too! We love to see what you’re creating!!

Remember, we now
have Gelli partners all over the world, so it’s easier than ever to
find a Gelli retailer near you!



Good
Luck and Happy Printing!
 

March 2016 – Video Blog Materials List

25 thoughts on “Gelli® Printing on Sheer Fabrics!”

  1. First I'm possibly having an issue. When I fill out and submit the giveaway form, it takes me to a page about updating my profile? (its never done this before).
    Secondly, how cool is this technique!! You always come up with the most unique ways to use the plate. And why didn't I think of using household sponges!!

    1. Nancy Kelley/Gelli Arts

      Thanks for the note Andrene! Sorry about any confusion but all is well – and you are registered for the giveaway 🙂 Glad you like the technique! Thanks for your comments.

  2. What a fabulous idea Joan and it gives the most amazing and beautiful results too.
    Thanks so much for sharing and for the lovely giveaway too.
    Fliss x

  3. susan berkowitz, slp

    You just keep coming up with more and more cool ideas for the Gelli plates! I don't think I'll ever catch up. Thank you.

  4. this looks so impressive, never tried anything like this before, will be looking forward to trying this out.

  5. barbara macaskill

    Oh my goodness! How fun this would be! I have a HUGE (244" X 64") white silk piece that would definitely be improved by gelli printing on it!! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win the goodies to get it done right!!

  6. WOW! This is just what I need to lift my collages. Wonderful demo. Thanks so much for all the info.

  7. That looks like so much fun. I've never seen sponges like those before. Thanks for the chance to win

  8. Great video! Now I will want to try this. I have used acrylic media monoprinting on fabrics already using my Gelli Plate and hand cut foam templates/monoprint plates with other textured items. But I did not use a stabilizing sheet behind the fabric. Thanks for for sharing this video on Facebook, I now have new techiques to try…such fun! And I am familiar with Jacquard products, but I have not had an opportunity to try this media. They are a standard in the marketplace because of their high quality product…looking forward to trying their product, I have used their "Pinata" product line on paper and platic surfaces before and liked the results for mixed media work. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway…I am hoping to win, so I can get to Gelli printing with these techniques…sooner than later!

  9. Great video! Now I will want to try this. I have used acrylic media monoprinting on fabrics already using my Gelli Plate and hand cut foam templates/monoprint plates with other textured items. But I did not use a stabilizing sheet behind the fabric. Thanks for for sharing this video on Facebook, I now have new techiques to try…such fun! And I am familiar with Jacquard products, but I have not had an opportunity to try this media. They are a standard in the marketplace because of their high quality product…looking forward to trying their product, I have used their "Pinata" product line on paper and platic surfaces before and liked the results for mixed media work. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway…I am hoping to win, so I can get to Gelli printing with these techniques…sooner than later!

  10. Great video! Now I will want to try this. I have used acrylic media monoprinting on fabrics already using my Gelli Plate and hand cut foam templates/monoprint plates with other textured items. But I did not use a stabilizing sheet behind the fabric. Thanks for for sharing this video on Facebook, I now have new techiques to try…such fun! And I am familiar with Jacquard products, but I have not had an opportunity to try this media. They are a standard in the marketplace because of their high quality product…looking forward to trying their product, I have used their "Pinata" product line on paper and platic surfaces before and liked the results for mixed media work. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway…I am hoping to win, so I can get to Gelli printing with these techniques…sooner than later!

  11. Az Scrappin Sisters

    Great video I use a couple of your stencils with mix media but never sheer fabrics. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Will have to try this. I'd. Live to win your products.

  12. Fantastic video and technique. Love the sponges and added those to my wish list. The giveaway was over before I got a chance to read the email as I was busy with Easter and family. Grrr! Would have loved to win all those goodies.

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  14. Since it is created on a loom, woven fabric is less stretchy and generally stable. This includes cotton or corduroy. Wovens tend to be the most commonly used, especially for beginners.
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