In one of the courses I held in the spring this year at Gredelin, we had ethnic peoples, and prints as a theme. The students made gelli-prints using a range of stencils I had made myself using a heat tool and document dividers. I found patterns in books and on line, using fabrics from all the different continents and then traced over them with a marker pen onto the plastic, Then working on top of a sheet of glass to protect the table, I used the heat tool to “cut” out the holes in the pattern. I bought the heat tool at Clas Ohlsson for 129 kr.
I also collected photos from old National Geographic magazines, not to copy completely but as inspiration and to see the different features of the various ethnic peoples.
In the film I’m showing today, I used a picture of some Mexican ladies with their beautiful shawls and I decided to use the gelli-prints as a base to paint over, using the patterns to colour in with acrylic paint…
To paint the turquoise flowers, I used a squeezy bottle with a rollerball tip. I poured some Teal Golden Fluid acrylic into the bottle and added a little water. The tip is fantastic and makes drawing with paint really easy:
To watch the film click on the following link:
“Using gelli-prints as a basis for pattern”