Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Channeling Rayna

Today was my turn to facilitate the monthly meeting/workshop for the Beecassos, my local art quilt group and we did gelatin monoprinting, inspired by Rayna Gillman and her book Create Your Own Hand-printed Cloth (it's one of the best books I've purchased, and you can get your very own signed copy from her site, so go over there and get one!) We had sooo much FUN!
Why gelatin, you might ask? Well, you know how much fun it is to eat...it's even MORE fun to play with it! Pure JOY. I could spend days printing this way...



slime green...wonder who did that one? :-)
We used all kinds of things to create patterns and texture. I gathered lots of different leaves from my yard...long leaf pine, maple, oak, strawberry, dandelion, ferns, and I even realized after years of battling this noxious weed mess that I can't get rid of - don't know what it is, that it actually has perfect leaves for printing! I did stop short of using the poison ivy I found (reminder to self, go spray that!). We also used pool noodles, thread spools, straw, netting, bubble wrap, a potato masher, a spatula, foam stamps...lots of stuff. Did I mention how much FUN we had??
Rayna, wish you could have been with us in person!

5 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Great fun! I know how enjoyable this can be, Quiltkeemosabe and I have done this sort of activity and it's just amazing what fantastic results can occur! You did GOOD!

KQ Sue said...

Thanks for making me feel welcome this morning. I had a great time. The technique was a lot of fun.

Rayna said...

LOL - Your group printed some wonderful fabrics! Glad you restrained yourself -poison ivy doesn't make very interesting prints, anyway! What creativity! Hey - I'd love to be there. Invite me next time.

TextileTraveler said...

I LOVE this book and unfortunately haven't had time to get to gelatin printing yet. Looks like you all had a great time!

Linda M. Poole said...

You guys looked like you had a blast!!!!