Hi there! It’s Marsha here today with a fun project to add
to your Easter decor!
It’s so easy and fun to customize fabric items with the help
of the Gelli® plate. Use
specialized fabric paints for this or just mix your favorite acrylic paints
with a fabric medium.
Always check the instructions on the paints you are
planning to use. Some fabric paints just need to dry for a set amount of hours
before they are permanent, others need to be heat set in order to become
permanent and washable.
Also, wash and iron your cotton fabric item before you
start printing. The paint will grab onto the cotton fibers better when all
sizing is washed out.
Here are the written steps to create an Easter
I found it useful to mark the exact middle of my fabric
with a crease to make it easier to position the first printed blocks. Once the
first row is on there, you can use the printed blocks to help line up the
Choose about 4 different paint colors that coordinate well
and grab a couple of stencils to use whilst Gelli® printing. I chose to work with the 5”x5” Student gel printing
Start printing blocks of color onto the fabric.
Keep a clean brayer on hand to press the fabric
onto the Gelli®
Alternate solid blocks with patterned blocks using your
stencils. Repeat until you’ve covered the entire table runner.
Take the Oval Gelli®
plate from the set of 3 Mini Gel Printing Plates (Oval, Rectangle &
Hexagon) to randomly stamp ‘eggs’ over the patchwork patterned fabric.
If the fabric paint is (semi) transparent, you may
need to stamp your eggs twice for the best result.
Add golden polkadots or other details using a brush
Let the paint dry for the hours stated in the
instructions on the packaging. Heat set if needed.
The fabric paint I used needed to dry for 24 hours before I could heat set it with a hot iron.
Step 5 (optional)
If you like, you can machine stitch or embroider along
the edges of the eggs and the blocks of color. This creates a nice texture and
makes the eggs stand out more.
x 5” Gelli® Printing
Pop-In Soft Rubber Brayer
Arts® Mini – Oval
(Nathalie Kalbach for Stencil Girl Products – Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Chicago,
Manhattan, Mesa Verde, Santiago, Toledo)
thread (neon pink)