Sunday, June 28, 2009

Highlights from Jello Printing and Stamping Workshop

Workshop Highlights:
Seven of us had a great time on Saturday, June 27 playing with jello. Using gelatin as a large stamp pad and acrylic paints as the medium, we printed, stamped, rolled, scrunched and just about everything we could think of to create some great fabric pieces. Once we got going, there was no stopping the experimentation. My personal favorite "stamp" was the imprint from the bottom of a wine bottle that Ginny brought. Karen Tornow brought a wire rack and Virginia had a sink strainer that made great grid imprints. Karen Miller had several rollers with interesting imprints. Foam stamps work really well with this process. We used bubble wrap and rubbing plates and scrunched paper to make patterns. Several people brought leaves and flowers to use for imprinting.

Some of the results:

If you are interesting in playing with jello, purchase a box of unflavored gelatin (Winco sells a Hy-Top brand that is a good price). If you use an 8 inch square pan, use 4 packets of gelatin. Place the contents of the 4 packets into the pan, add 1 cup of cold water and still until gelatin is dissolved. Then add 1 cup of very hot water and stir well. Place in frig until set. Remove the gelatin from the pan, placing it onto a piece of foil or a tray that won't be used for food. You can use the gelatin stamp pad from many hours, gently wiping off excess paint with a baby wipe or paper towel when you are ready to add new paint. HAVE FUN!

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