A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Monday, April 9, 2012

My first gelatine prints

As a new member of this blog, I´m happy to join the monthly theme.
Well there is a gelliplate on its way to me but I didn´t want to wait. So an old sachet gelatine powder with a pint of water will do for now, I made a bowl full of it, small but fine for a first try.

I have deliberately not removed the foam layer, because I ´ve seen in Quilting Arts pretty prints of bubbles through this layer. But it didn´t work out for me ;-) so I think the next time I need some more air into the mass.
I used thickened procion dyes on soda soaked cotton:

Nice but a bit boring, these solid patches. So following the first blog I added a string on the surface. I painted it with thickened procion , so it not only works as a resist but also as a printmatter:

By playing with the string you get some nice effects of multiple layersI also played with a dragonfly sticker but that's not my ´cup of tea´:

Nice experiment, it definetely wants to be repeated! Could there be a start of a modern quilt in it or is it more touching the artquilt-corner? I hate to make choices on forehand so let´s see where it ends up.

If you want to read this in dutch, please check my personal blog: http://verfvirus.blogspot.com/2012/04/gelatine-printen.html


  1. I like the way you think. You certainly have jumped in with both feet and knowing you a bit, I can't wait to see where you go from here!

  2. I like your bubble idea - I may have to go looking for that too. :)

  3. very cool. I have not used dyes but fabric paints... do you think there is much difference?

  4. @Kit Lang, pls chck the february issue, no 55, page 24, have to retry myself too!

    @upstateLisa, to my opinion the fabric paint will be more crisp, less blending. But I should give it a try to know for sure ;-). How many days are there in April?

  5. This is a wonderful result, Nienke. I have never done this with thickened dyes and have only ever taught it with paints.
    (IMO, paints are much easier, cleaner, less messy, less work; no chemicals, you don't have to wash the fabric afterwards...and the results are just as good. You don't need a lot of paint.) I have done it with my grandchildren In fact, I am teaching gelatin printing next weekend to a guild in NY City.

    That said, I love what you have done! Thanks for sharing the pix.

  6. Nice work! I have bubbles on the top side of the gelatin in my fridge right now -- I'll have to play around with it!

  7. It's looking good in English as well, Nienke! ;-)


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