Gel Resist Technique sample

3 Jun 2009
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The Feb/March issue of Quilting Arts showed the gel-resist technique using Elmer's gel glue.  I used Pebeo setacolor textile paints and made a few small samples.  It's really easy, and was the first attempt of mine at creating my own fabrics.

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LuAnnKessi wrote
on 3 Jun 2009 5:28 PM

Hi LauraAnn,

What process did you use to remove the gel glue?

Was the glue resistant to being removed?

Did you heat set the paint before/after removing the gel glue?

Looking forward to your reply......

LuAnn in Oregon


LauraAnn wrote
on 4 Jun 2009 3:34 AM

Hi LuAnn,

To remove the glue, I put the fabric samples in my dryer for about 10 minutes on high--this apparently sets the color and softens the glue.  I then washed them in my washing machine with regular detergent.  When I took them out of the washer, I could still feel a little bit of the glue on some pieces, so I ended up soaking those in my sink in warm water for a few minutes until the glue melted away totally.  (I only use cold water in my washing machine all the time, but I think if you used warm water in it, the glue would be all gone without the additional soaking).  Then I dried them on my clothesline--the article in the magazine said not to dry them in the dryer after washing in the machine as it could fade a little after this due to the raising of the grain of the fabric or something like that.



on 4 Jun 2009 6:57 AM

Gorgeous! Didn't it feel great to do something for the first time and have such awesome results? :D

Roo17 wrote
on 5 Jun 2009 8:47 AM

absolutely gorgeous!

smidgen wrote
on 18 Jun 2009 3:01 PM

That looks like so much fun to do!? I hope that you made more than one and you have tried different shapes to see how it turned out? I would love to hear!