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Let’s Explore Gelli Printing

January 15 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come and join us for a Sunday away from it all!

You may want to work on your own project or do some gelli printing on paper. In March we plan to explore collage and stitch in using a repurposed children’s book inspired by this YouTube. So this is the ideal opportunity to work towards the stitch book by creating gelli-printed collage papers for the backgrounds.

Alternatively you may like to try printing on fabric. Finer weave fabrics work best –  cotton or silk, ironed to remove major wrinkles.

What to bring

  • Acrylic paints – any brand (or if you wish to print on fabric – water-soluble printing ink, fabric paint or acrylics mixed with a textile or gel medium. Oil-based inks are not advised.)
  • Your gelliplate or home made gelatine plate. Stitching and Beyond member Sally has generously shared her instructions to make your own gelatine plate.
  • Light coloured papers – regular copy paper, rice paper, tissue paper etc (or/and fabrics to experiment with – fabrics are better if finer weave –  cotton or silk – and ironed)
  • A few polystyrene trays or plastic plates for mixing colours, plastic spoons
  • Some mark making tools of your choice. Other ideas: grasses, flat leaves, feathers, stencils, old lace … the cheap kitchen tool section at tip shops is a great source for odd shapes and textures –  pastry brushes, potato mashers,  etc etc
  • A flat surface for rolling the paint or ink onto the roller or brayer.  A plastic palette, ice cream container lid, butcher’s paper or even aluminium foil can be used.
  • A firm brayer (or metal spoon or empty wine bottle or baren)
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic or a garbage bag opened out to protect your work area and another to take home your rubbish
  • Old clothes, gloves (your choice here), towel – all those practical things!
  • your lunch (or cash to purchase lunch nearby), tea and/or coffee and a mug

Your inspiration

Check out YouTube videos on gelli printing.


For those keen on fabric printing, Permaset paints work well and Kraftcolour (online) sells a great range which has less odour. Or check out these local suppliers for alternative fabric printing mediums:

Prue Quarmby (Bibiani in Ferntree – Prue’s contact: 0409391426,
AdArt (North Hobart)
Artery (City)
Spotlight (Glenorchy)

Any financial Stitching and Beyond member who is also a member of the KWC ($20 until June 30, then $40pa) is welcome to join our Sundays at no extra cost. Check here for details on how to join the KWC.

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January 15 2023
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Kingborough Women’s Club Rooms
Ewing Avenue
Kingston Beach, Tasmania 7050
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