Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gelatin Plate Printing Results

This is Jamie's finished piece using gelatin plate printing and reverse applique. Squares of white fabric were printed with paint sponged onto the gelatin plate. Amounts of orange and yellow paint were used in varying amounts. The black fabric was backed with fusible interfacing before cutting out the shape of the nectarine. After fusing the black fabric over the printed fabric, the squares were skewed and sewn together with the green background strips. The entire piece was machine quilted. Jamie then added watercolor crayon and Shiva paintstiks highlights.

Sue's piece was very well planned and sketched out before starting in order to combine the gelatin plate printing and the reverse applique. The orange and green colored areas were printed on the gelatin plate. But before printing, Sue ironed a freezer paper pattern to the white fabric so that the trunks were masked to prevent being painted. The black fabric was fused to the painted background after removing the three large areas. She then "connected" her tree trunks by painting the black fabric white. By using the brown thread painting she tied it all together so that it appears that the birches are appliqued over the entire piece.

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