If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I'm currently exploring creative book-making.
My favorite process is using Gelli Plates to create my covers and pages for my "art books".
I first come in contact with this company and their products at a quilting expo. Gelatin has long been a method for creating color and texture on fabric but it is a messy process. You have to make the gelatin plate and put it into a refrigerator and after a few prints, it begins to deteriorate. (Not a bad thing but totally unpredictable!)
'Two women (Joan Bess and Lou Ann Gleason) decided to invent something better and they were kind enough to send me a plate to play with. Well, I was hooked! I have made many books using this process and thought kids would like it too.
I volunteer every week at the Ronald McDonald House in Denver and they asked me to start an arts program for the families staying there. Printing with Gelli Plates was the first thing that came to mind! So, I wrote them and asked them if they would donate their student kit for my class.
And, they responded back "of course"! (How I love this company!)
I received 5 student kits this week and my new art class will start this September with kids (and their parents!) having some fun printing and making books from this wonderful process.
Thank you Lou Ann and Joan!!!
Please visit their website and buy directly from them. They also have tons of inspiring videos to show you what can be created using their products. Enjoy!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!