21 Feb 2012 7 Comments
This is my first take on printing fabric with handmade rubber stamps. I was afraid my stamp is going to be completely weird and uncool because I don’t have a fancy set a linoleum cutters. I don’t know if stamping is something I am really going to invest time in so I decided not to buy a set yet, but rather use what I have. Which is a craft knife and a bit of patience.
I used a pencil rubber I bought at the supermarket, a sharpie to draw the design onto the stamp and a craft knife. I traced the design, then removed thin slices of rubber, using a 45 degrees downwards cut.
It helps to listen to a podcast or maybe an audio book, so you’re not tempted to chop of big chunks of the rubber stamps.
This is my stamp, with a prop that I’m going to talk about in a new post soon :)
Of course I long for a good linoleum cutter, so I can make smoother, curvier stamps, but I am quite pleased with the birds the way they are. I played with paint texture also, noticed I liked how a half-inked stamp looks on the fabric.
I also used the stamp to print a vague contour, then filled in new paint with a thin paintbrush.
I painted some blue cotton with these birds and sewed a blouse (the second take on the Sherlock Holmes blouse) and I’ll share that in another post (I have to take a photo of it!:)