Jackie here with more about how I used the image I found on a bowl in The British Museum. As I have been playing with gelatine prints recently and just obtained a gelli plate, I decided to make a mask of the animal I had sketched.
The ‘cross stitch’ cow quickly became some kind of deer, but what I kept was the wild look in its eyes. I used parchment paper for the mask but you can use most kinds of paper depending on how often you want to be able to reuse it. I used water based printing ink.
Finally, I machine stitched the mask to the print. I added some details with pen and moved the printing ink around a little with a wet brush. A few hours of fun was had!
Gelli prints which are nothing special can be photographed on a ‘tablet’ and then use a sketch/paint programme to add some bowls. If you like some help drawing your bowls trace from a photograph you import into the app and then manipulate the image on layers. Add a frame in an app such as Snapseed. Print out and use in your sketchbook.