So what does it do? It removes color, simply, and ‘cleanly’ as in, it smells fairly nice, as compared to bleach. This is the ‘clear’ one, and it removes color to a white. You can also buy this product so it removes the color of your fabric, AND deposits another color. Oh yeah, I’ve got some of that to try, too. I’m a sucker for an experiment. Haven’t gotten that far… yet.
And I wanted to try my Gelli Printing plate with this product. If you’d like to see a great post about it, look at the experiment by Lynn from the blog, Fibraartysta — she gives a review of the Gelli printing plate; you can view it by clicking here.
I began with a foam stamp, as my inspiration for a design. Then I removed the protective, clear cover, and got to start playing.
I spread the Decolourant on with a black foam brush.
Then I stamped the impression, using my foam stamp, seen above. The stamp has a tendency to want to slide, so press gently! It’s not meant to be, you know — perfect. I think the new ‘hot’ word in mixed media is ‘deconstructed.’ Not sure what that means, exactly. To me, it means unexpected and unplanned.
So I laid a piece of my hand-dyed fabric from this summer’s yardplay, on top of the Gelli plate, and pressed lightly, and peeled it off. Let it dry. Be patient. Yeah, right. I put in front of my fireplace. Then iron. That’s when the color is removed.
I used a fabric doilie, too. Love the pattern on the fabric, above… Sorry – forgot to take a picture of the doilie, but I think you get the effect. You can see the circle of the knitted pattern if you look closely. Below, is the stamp. It smeared a bit, but that I expected, given how the stamp slid on the plate. You can also see the foam brush marks. What do you think?
Anyway, I like it. Alot! Not bad for a first go, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else it can do. What will I do with it, you ask? I can hear you guys! Cut it up! Sew it back together. Layer it with something else. Maybe turn it into Valentines… it’s such a pretty color.
Have you tried this product yet? Let me know if you have, or if you have some great videos or other resources worth checking out.
It’s a New Year of creating! Yay!
Wonderful pics in your post and I love how you used the plate in your project… thanks for sharing on the Gelli facebook page!
I love DeColourant! It's great fun removing color and adding it back! I have some more experiments planned for the new year also. I tried using stamps, but I liked it best with stencils. I'd like to try it with a brush next.
I think that's a really fun product. I found out that I could add my own fabric paint to it to create my own Decolourant Plus!
I read through Lynn's tutorial the other day. I have the plate, the decolorant and lots of other stuff. I haven't used the 2 together though. I get stuff and then I have a hard time to find the time to try them.